If you are on JobSeeker’s Allowance or Income Support, or some other benefits, and you are in extreme financial circumstances, you can apply for some one off grants depending on your circumstances.
One-off grants (they used to be called Social fund) can be applied for to:
- leaving institutional care or a care home, need help to stay in your own home, are part of a family under exceptional pressure, are caring for a prisoner or young offender on release / licence, are setting up a home as part of a planned resettlement programme or incurring travel costs for certain specified reasons (via Community Care Grants)
- things for your home or other things that you cannot pay for in a lump sum, and you get Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Pension Credit, or payment on account of one of these benefits (via a Budgeting Loan)
- immediate help with day-to-day living costs or something else in an emergency (via a Crisis Loan)
- help to buy things for a new baby and you or your partner get a low-income benefit or tax credit (via a Sure Start Maternity Grant)
- help towards paying for a funeral if you get a low-income benefit or tax credit (via a Funeral Payment)
- extra help paying for heating bills when a period of cold weather is triggered in the area where you live and you receive Pension Credit, or Income Support, or income based JobSeeker’s Allowance and have a pensioner or disability premium, or a child who is disabled or aged under five (via a Cold Weather Payment)
- extra help paying for heating bills when a period of cold weather is triggered in the area where you live during winter and you are over 60 (via a Winter Fuel Payment)
For an overview of all benefits you may be entitled to, speak to your local Citizens Advice Bureau.