Crisis Grants can provide a safety net to meet one-off needs for basic living expenses such as food, gas and electricity as a result of an emergency or a disaster.
Some examples include:
- If your money has been lost or stolen
- Where an unexpected expense has resulted in all your income being spent
- You are a victim of any type of domestic abuse and you need help with things like moving away from an abuser
- You are a grandparent or other relative who has taken over caring for a child, and you're waiting on a transfer of benefits
- You are facing a gap in your normal income or benefits due to a change in circumstances
- If you have suffered a fire or flood at home causing substantial damage.
Crisis Grants can be awarded to meet one-off needs rather than on-going expenses. The number of Crisis Grants that can be awarded is normally limited to 3 in a 12 month rolling period, however further awards can be considered in exceptional circumstances.
Applicants must be 16 or over, in receipt of a low income and not have access to any other appropriate source of financial support.