Small grants are available to support older people living on low incomes in England and Wales with the costs of home essentials, unexpected large bills, living costs and getting connected online.
Grants for Older People are provided by Friends of the Elderly.
Friends of the Elderly provide small grants to support older people living on low incomes in England and Wales. Four grant streams are available to help with home essentials, digital connection, financial support and essential living costs.
Objectives of Fund
The aim of the grants is to support older people living on low incomes in England and Wales. Four grant streams are available to help with home essentials, digital connection, financial support and essential living costs.
The maximum grant value for Digital Connections, Home Essentials or Financial Support is £400, or £500 for households where two or more people are eligible for grants (eg a couple, siblings, friends living together at the same address).
The maximum grant value for Essential Living Costs is £250.
Who Can Apply
Applications are only accepted from a Referral Agent who knows the older person in a professional or community capacity. Referral Agents can include: housing associations, local authorities, charities, community organisations, social workers, advice providers, health centres, cultural and religious centres etc.
A doctor/GP surgery can be a referrer, but only if they are willing to submit the application and follow through on its outcome.
The older person must be:
Currently residing in England or Wales.
In privately owned, privately rented, or social housing (not in residential care or a nursing home).
Of UK state pension age.
On a low income and with savings of less than £4,000.
Have not served in the UK Armed Forces.
Friends, family, neighbours and other individuals cannot act as Referral Agents.
Grants cannot be used for:
Items that should reasonably be provided via statutory services.
Good already purchased (except in exceptional circumstances).
Funeral expenses for the applicant.
Mortgage or rent arrears.
Credit card debt.
Fast track or emergency grants are not provided.
There are four grant streams:
Home Essentials - to help with the cost of replacing everyday items in the home (white goods such as washing machines, fridges, freezers etc. and furnishings), small home repairs and mobility adaptations.
Digital Connections - to help older people get online and stay connected and can be used towards the cost of equipment such as tablets and smartphones as well as Broadband/Wi-Fi/Mi-Fi (mobile Wi-Fi) costs.
Financial Support - to help with unexpected bills and large costs such as utility bills, funeral costs for loved ones, moving fees etc.
Essential Living Costs - to help with clothing, food, medicines, books, and anything that has become unmanageable either because of the Covid-19 pandemic or due to some pre-existing need.
England and Wales
How To Apply
Applications can be made at any time.
The Referral Agent should complete and submit the online application form on behalf of the applicant. Guidance notes and FAQs are available on the Friends of the Elderly website.
Only one application per household per year is accepted.
Contact Friends of the Elderly for further information.