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    If you want to do an general education or training grant search, click here anduse the search engine that this link sends you to EGAS (Educational GrantsAdvisory Service) at the Family Welfare Association below. This link will take youto the EGAS main page at the FWA's website.

    Additionally, there is the UnLtd Millennium Award that was set up by the LotteryMillennium Commission, where they give out several million 's per year in

    Trust Funds for individuals in need

    Please be aware that below the 1st dozen or so entries below, these charity detailshave not been checked in 2 - 3 years, so may have changed address, or their

    application criteria, or may have been subsumed into another charity, or closeddown entirely.

    Bankruptcy Fee charities - click this link for charities that specifically assist with Bankruptcy orDebt Relief Order (DRO) fees.

    The application forms for these trust funds, usually need to be supported by a letter from, oradministered by, an objective third party "responsible person" such as a teacher, social worker,probation officer, hostel or prison staff member, worker for a registered charity, Citizens AdviceBureau adviser, etc., i.e. someone whose judgment and word they can trust, as they are often the targetof the unscrupulous who only want to rip them off for as much as they can get.

    To ensure that you have the best chance of getting a grant, there are 2 examples (good and bad) offilled-in Anglian Water Assistance Fund (AWAF) application forms on the downloads page, whichyou can get to by pressing the Downloads above.

    I would advise you to download and study these first, before you attempt to fill-in anyapplications, as these are from the administrator of the AWTF itself !!

    When you fill-in application forms for ANY Trust Fund, the rules are pretty much the same for formfilling and what to attach to your application. You generally need an up-to-date full bank statementwhich shows what welfare benefits you are receiving and what you have in savings (generally -nothing in savings). If you are working, then you'll need to send copies of your last months pay-slips toshow how much you are earning. Additionally, they usually want you to attach 3 quotes for each itemyou want i.e. if you want a fridge, cooker, and washing machine, then go to your local stores (Comet,Dixons, Argos, whoever) and get the prices for a model that suits your situation, but don't go forexpensive models, as you'll just get no grant at all. The main pages on the AWTF are 8 + 9 and theIncome / Expenditure (I/E). You can attach a copy of the financial statement that you can downloadfrom the Downloads mentioned above (filled-in of course).

    Some will only accept an application from one of these third parties, and won't send the grant to youdirectly, but will send it to the "responsible person" to administer on your behalf. Applications for suchgrants must generally be made by someone who knows the applicant in a professional capacity such asa social worker, health visitor or by a voluntary agency such as Citizens Advice or similar.

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    grants of up to 5,000 per person (or a goup of you) to fund a project that willassist your community and from which you will learn something. It is at - take a look at the Level 1 awards and do a search in theDirectory page to see what type of projects have been funded, and see if therewas a project on a subject that interests you that was funded. YOU DO NOTNEED TO BE A REGISTERED CHARITY TO GET FUNDING FROM THISORGANISATION.

    Essentially, all you need to do is make a list of all the hardware, software,services, etc that you will need to run your own project, and put the costs next toeach item. Then write a proposal (a single sheet of A4 will suffice) outlining whatgroup of people you want to help, what type of help you want to give them (i.e. Iwant to help local teenages who are at risk of being drawn into crime and/or drugs by gettingthem into producing music / art / whatever which will direct their creative talents therebyfacilitating a constructive and creative use of their spare time which could otherwise beturned to crime and/or the use of drugs to escape the local druggery).This website wasfunded by a similar trust fund.

    For some more in-depth material to assist you in what these grants are all aboutand tips on how to build a proposal to apply for a grant, take a look at some ofthe resources here

    Grants Manager,Fenton Trust and various others -Family Action Central Office501-505 Kingsland Road, Dalston, London E8 4AU Tel: 0207 254 6251 Monday and Wednesday ONLY between 10am -12noon and 2pm - 4pm; Fax: 020 7249 5443; Email: site:

    Family Action Northern Office184 Lightbowne RoadMostonManchester, M40 5EETel: 0161 684 2180

    Grant size is in the region of 500 on average, but depending on the circumstances, can bea lot more, (i.e. several K).These are one of the very best trusts to get funds from, mainly (but not only) for anyeducation or training needed, as they administer a lot of (40 or so) small trust funds fromwhich they draw small sums to make up what you need.

    FWA's priority (but not only) areas for funding are currently:

    Mental Health: Support to improve the quality of life and reduce isolation for families orindividuals (over the age of 18) with mental health problems. Please note supportingevidence of the mental health problem will be required from a suitable medicalprofessional.Domestic violence: Support for those leaving a violent relationship to help rebuild their

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    lives.Refugees and Asylum Seekers: Support available to promote the stability of families andintegration into life in the UK.Older People: Support to promote independence, improve the quality of life and reduceisolation for those aged 60 and over.Young People (aged 19 to 25): Support for vulnerable young people to help to establish astable and independent life.Lone Parents:

    Support to assist lone parents in need with the cost of children's school uniformsand school trips. (Please note that grants are also available, to a maximum of200),Support for lone parents with the additional cost of their own education, such asbooks, equipment, travel and childcare - All applications for this purpose should bemade via the Educational Grants Advisory Service.

    Holidays for Women living in Greater London: Support to provide recuperativeholidays for women who are resident in greater London. Download Women's Holidayfund applcaition form.Sickness/Disability: Support available for medical treatment (particularly specialtreatment), services, facilities or equipment for those who are sick or physically disabled.

    Initial applications for welfare grants (as above) must be made by a responsible person usingFWA's general Grant Application Form. For a copy of the Grant application Form click here.Please note that the information requested must be provided on the form; appendeddocumentation will not be accepted.

    They cannot help / Funds are not available for:

    Council tax arrearsDebts (except utility bills)FinesFuneral expenses (including associated expenses, such as headstones)Gifts (such as toys for birthdays, Christmas or other festivals)Items already covered by statutory fundingPrivate school feesRent arrearsRepayment of Social Fund or other loans

    The application processApplications for welfare grants must be made by a responsible person.

    Administrator,VRF (Vicars Relief Fund), St. Martins-in-the-Fields,6, St. Martins Place,London, WC2N-2JJTel: 020 7766 1125 (Charities manager direct line)Fax: 020 7389 0773mailto:craig.norman@smitf.orgWeb site: Many people who are subsisting on benefits have no savings or no one to help them whensomething goes wrong, such as their washing machine breaking down or spending time inhospital with a sick child. Likewise, when things go right and people have been able to turn their

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    lives around, like getting a flat after being homeless or breaking an addiction, few have theresources to buy a bed, a cooker or some clothes. The Vicar's Relief Fund helps to meet needslike these by making small grants. The Fund helps those in the greatest of need, regardless ofwho they are, where they live in the UK, their origins, legal status or belief. The VRF makes grants to 'those who are in need or suffering hardship'. Hardship for one personor family may not be the same for another, so they attempt to be flexible in their approach.Although it is impossible to define a 'typical' grant, their aim is to help provide the recipientwith ordinary necessities many people take for granted. They respond to requests for itemssuch as beds and bedding, clothing, domestic appliances, furniture, equipment for babiesand toddlers, and arrears on rent, council tax or utility bills. The grants they are able to make are not for luxuries, nor are they meant to simply makepeople's lives easier (though that happens as a result). Grants are relatively small (on averageabout 150). Just as important as providing help is how quickly help can be given. Theyrecognise that people in need are in need now : 7 out of 10 grants are sent within 3 days