The Care Workers Charity provides hardship grants to care industry professionals and strives to ensure that no care worker ever faces financial hardship alone.


Before submitting an application, please read our application guidance to check whether your request is something we can help with. We encourage third party organisations to complete applications on behalf of applicants, as this often speeds up the process.

If you do not satisfy the full criteria we will not be able to progress your application. However, we will do our best to let you know of any other organisations who may be able to assist you. Our response to your application is not a replacement for obtaining professional legal or financial advice. We are limiting grant awards to £500, and £350 if the grant is to cover essential living costs. Please note we are unable to provide assistance with debts.

Once we have received your application and supporting documents, your application will be considered and we will advise you of the decision. We currently need between 2-4 weeks to properly assess your application so if your need is extremely urgent then please contact us before applying. 

Grant Eligibility Test

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Have you (or your financial dependent) worked in a residential care home, a home care service or a supported living service, now or in the past?

No     No, I am a voluntary carer     Yes

Unfortunately you are not eligible for hardship grant from The Care Workers Charity. However, Turn2Us helps people facing financial hardship to gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and local support services. They also have a benefits calculator tool so you can check what welfare benefits you are entitled to. You can find a list of advisers you can meet and speak to by searching here

Unfortunately you are not eligible for hardship grant from The Care Workers Charity. However, make sure you have checked your entitlement to Carer's Allowance. You could get £64.60 a week if you care for someone at least 35 hours a week and are in receipt of certain benefits. Call the Carer's Allowance Unit on 0800 731 0297 or visit the government’s website to make a claim online. The Carers Trust provides financial support and practical help during difficult times for unpaid carers.

Have you worked in one of these services for one of the following time periods?

  • One year’s continuous service if still employed
  • Three years’ continuous service in the last five years if no longer employed?
  • Six years’ continuous service in the last 10 years if no longer employed?
  • Over ten years in your total working lifetime?

No   Yes

Unfortunately you are not eligible for hardship grant from The Care Workers Charity. However, Turn2Us helps people facing financial hardship to gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and local support services. They also have a benefits calculator tool so you can check what welfare benefits you are entitled to. You can find a list of advisers you can meet and speak to by searching here

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Have you checked your entitlement to welfare benefits?

No   Yes

It's important to make sure that you are receiving all the help that you're entitled to before applying for a grant. Turn2Us have a benefits calculator tool so you can check what welfare benefits you are entitled to. You can also check if you’re eligible for Universal Credit here. The rules for getting Universal Credit depend on where you live.

Have you recently been financially impacted by one of the following circumstances?

  • Someone close to you has died (within the last 9 months)
  • You have experienced a sudden or unexpected illness or injury (within the last 6 months)
  • You have experienced a sudden or unexpected loss of income (within the last 6 months)
  • You have had to deal with a loss of home or unexpected change in living arrangements (within the last 3 months)
  • You have faced a recent relationship breakdown and/or domestic abuse (within the last 12 months)

No   Yes

Unfortunately you do not appear to be eligible for a hardship grant from The Care Workers Charity. We are limiting our grant funding to support individuals who are dealing with a short-term financial crisis. Please email us to explain your situation if it is not listed above and we will do our best to let you know of any other organisations who may be able to assist you([email protected]). Please note Turn2Us could help you gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services in your local area. You can find out more here.

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