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The Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need 2020/21

This is the ultimate guide for charities and organisations working on the front line, supporting those living in poverty or with complex, multiple needs.

Individuals in Need 2020

Do you help individuals and families in need of emergency financial help? With details of over 1,800 grant-making charities giving £297 million in funds, this 17th edition of the guide is your companion in providing support to people who need it most.

The comprehensive and up-to-date information allows you to simplify the task of finding suitable support for your service users by outlining eligibility criteria, amounts available and how to apply.

The guide contains a list of useful advice organisations, as well as tips on how to make successful application. The guide’s structure is easy to navigate, fully indexed and includes sections on:

  • Illness and disability charities
  • Local charities
  • Utility company funds
  • Armed forces charities
  • Occupational charities

This edition includes funding for uniforms, books and equipment for schoolchildren for the first time.

Who is this book for?

It is particularly useful for social workers, welfare advisors, housing officers and anyone working with individuals in need.

‘Making the right connections can be difficult and time consuming. The Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need provides a vital resource in facilitating these connections to find the right financial help for a specific need as quickly as possible. It might seem like something small, but for someone in need, it can be life-changing.’ [from the Foreword]

Dame Gillian Guy, CEO, Citizens Advice


‘The guide is an invaluable resource for us as an organisation supporting disabled people. It contains a large number of grant-making bodies in a user-friendly fashion which makes finding relevant funders a much simpler process.’

Marianne Scobie, Depute CEO, Glasgow Disability Alliance


‘I have been using this guide for many years and consider it an essential point of reference for every adviser and caseworker who wants to ensure that the support they provide includes every possible source of assistance. With its straightforward navigation, this guide helps you to quickly and easily identify appropriate grant-giving charities, including smaller local organisations.’

Tina Willis, Casework Teamleader, UNISON Thereforyou

Look inside

Have a look inside The Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need 2020-21

About the author

Ian Pembridge

Ian joined DSC as a volunteer in April 2014 before becoming a full-time member of the team later that year, and he has worked on several publications including The Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need, The Guide to Company Giving and The Directory of Grant Making Trusts. He has also been involved in a variety of other research projects including the Sector Insight: UK Grant-making Trusts and Foundations and reports on armed forces charities.

He has a BA (Hons) in Politics and International Business from the University of Liverpool and has over five years’ experience working in the financial services industry. He has also volunteered at Wirral CVS where he was responsible for finding suitable opportunities for volunteers. His current areas of interest are social investment, corporate foundations and European funding.

Are you an individual in need of funding?

If you are not a welfare advisor but are yourself in urgent need of support and think you would benefit from the information in this directory, organisations who may stock the directory as one of their resources are as follows:

  • The welfare or careers departments of schools, colleges and universities
  • Reference libraries
  • Citizens Advice bureaux
  • Member offices of Advice UK (
  • Educational advisors at local councils

Ask the organisations above if they stock the book as a resource. If they don’t, encourage them to stock the latest edition so they can help you better and point them to this page to buy the book at the best price.

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