Funding sources, Fundraising

The Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need 2022/23

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

The Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need book cover

Available to pre-order. Published March 2022

Do you help individuals and families in need of emergency financial help? With details of over 1,800 grant-making charities giving around £380 million in funds, this eighteenth edition of the guide is your companion for providing support to the individuals 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 school children as well as other funding for under 18s.

Who is this book for?

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


‘Having worked in the third sector for over 25 years, The Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need has become an essential resource for me in assisting clients to access grants. We aim to make a difference to clients through our advice giving, and this can only happen with the necessary resources available such as this directory. An absolute must for all advisors.’

Anne Burke, Service Manager, East Dunbartonshire Citizens Advice


‘This 18th edition of The Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need is a vital map. It locates grant-making charities that provide much-needed resources for people in difficulty. It signposts life-line grants for unaffordable school uniforms or to replace broken fridges and boilers. It can direct to longer-term support for people facing struggles with housing, debt, domestic violence, illness or addiction.’

Peter Grigg, Chief Executive, Home-Start UK [from the foreword]


‘We have used The Grants for Individuals in Need for five years now and find it an excellent source of information and research. As an example, the guide helped us assist a veteran in crisis, as we were able to quickly identify and secure funding for furniture for his new flat. We highly recommend this DSC publication.’

Dorothy Jones, Head of Fundraising, Veterans Aid


‘Part of our service for those affected by cancer is assisting with hardship grant applications, and this book has been immensely beneficial in that work. It’s well designed and easy to read, with categories for different locations and types of beneficiaries or need, which makes it simple to navigate. Definitely recommended.’

Rikki Stern, Charity Administrator, Acheinu Cancer Support

About the author

Jessica Threlfall

Jessica joined DSC in August 2019, and contributes to our publications and FundsOnline.

Before joining DSC’s Research Team, Jessica graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from Lancaster University. During this time she completed numerous projects using a wide variety of research methods.

Jessica has volunteered for a number of charities before and during her time at university, including Southport and Formby Special Athletes where she was responsible for running sports coaching sessions for adults with learning difficulties.


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 that 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.

Buy the hard copy book

Price £95.00

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