These organisations offer support to people with mental health problems who are facing financial problems. For full information about what they will fund and how to apply see individual websites.
Coast Cottage, 90 Coast Road, West Mersea, Colchester, CO5 8LS
Tel: 01206 383809
Grants for people in need who are being held in detention pending their trial or after their conviction. The applicant must still be serving the sentence. Applicants must have less than £25 in private cash.
Al-Mizan Charitable Trust is a Muslim grant-funder which supports disadvantaged people and deprived communities across the UK, regardless of their faith or cultural background.
Citizens Advice Bureau
Free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. Offer advice on money and debt, and may be able to help access local grant-makers.
Elizabeth Finn Care
Elizabeth Finn Care gives money to help people who have less than £4,000 in savings and, lacking enough household income, manage a bare hand-to-mouth existence.
tel: 020 7254 6251
Welfare and educational grants programmes for disadvantages families and individuals
A world-wide organisation with thousands of members who 'recycle' old items from clothing to computers, household goods to children's toys. Subscribers can request items or post items they want to get rid of, then individuals can 'bid' for the free item and usually pick it up. The entire service is free-of-charge and there are many local groups nationwide.
Furniture Reuse Network
National body of furniture reuse organisations. Has details of other community recycling projects listed on the Contact Us page.
Guide to grants for individuals in need
Book published by the Directory of Social Change available in most libraries and some Citizen’s Advice Bureaux. Contains details of over 2,000 trusts which together give a total of around £269 million a year for the relief of individual poverty and hardship.
Search engine for charities. Enter "grant need individual" or "grant need individual mental" to narrow the search for charities offering grants.
Independence at Home
020 8427 7929
Provides financial help to all people living at home who are substantially disabled or severely long term ill and in need.
Martin's Money Tips
Grant Grabbing section includes home improvement, education, individuals and small businesses and there are links to forums towards the bottom of the page.
The Matthew Trust
The Matthew Trust is a small registered charity providing last-stop support & care for people aged 8 years old & upwards, living in all communities of our society throughout the UK, who have a mental health problem of any kind. Applications must come from healthcare professionals on behalf of individuals.
The Skinners’ Trust
The Skinners' Benevolent Trust aims to support isolated adults living on a very low income, who have been cut off in some way from society and who are trying to re-build their lives. We provide grants of up to £250 for essential household items that cannot be paid for from statutory funds.
Charitable service which helps people access the money available to them – through welfare benefits, grants and other help.