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Grants for people affected by terminal illness

There are many grants available for people living with a terminal illness, and the people who care for them. Unlike a loan, a grant doesn’t have to be repaid.  They can help with anything from everyday household costs to making essential changes around the home. Some can even be used to take a holiday. 

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How can I find a grant for me?

There are thousands of grants available across the UK so you may need to look around for one that can help you.  You might find a local charity or organisation which can provide a grant. And you might find that there are grants available for people with your professional background or specific condition.

Searching for a grant

Here are some ways to find a grant:

  • Turn2us   has a useful free search tool that you can use to track down available grants
  • Your district nurse, doctor, social worker or other healthcare workers may also be able to help with finding grants. They may even apply for you in some situations.

Some grants you might be able to claim

You might want to look at the following grants:

  • Carers Trust   provides grants for adult carers
  • Macmillan   offers a one-off grant for people living with cancer
  • The Newby Trust   offers a single grant of up to £250 to individuals or families affected by many issues, including serious illness. You’ll need an eligible organisation to apply on your behalf - these include social services or Citizens Advice  .

What things should I consider when applying for a grant?

Lots of charities and organisations offer grants to people in financial need. Each organisation will have its own eligibility criteria. They might look at things such as your:

  • type of illness
  • age
  • income
  • location
  • gender
  • professional background.

Some charities will expect you to have applied for benefits or local council help first, so it can save time to make sure you’re receiving any benefits you’re entitled to before applying.  Find out more on our page What benefits can I claim?

Some grants are counted as income and may affect your benefits. Turn2us   has more information about this. If you have questions, it might help to speak to a benefits adviser.

How do I apply for a grant?

Every charity and organisation has a different application process. Applying online is usually the easiest way but you may have to complete and send application forms or make phone calls. 

Many charities will allow somebody looking after you or a family member to apply on your behalf if you’re not able to apply for a grant yourself. Healthcare workers, such as your district nurse or social workers at a hospice, may also be able to apply for you.

How much will I get?

The size of grants can vary a lot between charities and sometimes the amount you receive may depend on how much money you have, the size of your family or if you’re receiving benefits. This means payments can range from a small gift to larger amounts.

Some grants might not be means-tested (based on your income, savings or living situation) at all. You can check the eligibility information to be sure. In some cases, a grant might come as credit on a bill or be handled by someone else like social care services or your energy company.

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About this information

Marie Curie's Information and Support team has produced this information with help from:

  • Director of Corporate Services, Marie Curie
  • Disability Rights UK
  • Our Readers Panel volunteers.

This information is not intended to replace any advice from health or social care professionals. We suggest that you consult with a qualified professional about your individual circumstances. Read more about how our information is created and how it's used.

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