Fundraising, Funding sources

The Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need 2016/17

This is the ultimate guidebook for charities working on the front-line, supporting those living in poverty and extreme circumstances.

Do you help individuals and families in need of emergency financial help? This comprehensive, up-to-date and easy-to-navigate guide will simplify the often difficult task of finding the most appropriate support for your clients.

It contains details of over 1,500 trusts, with over £268 million on offer, and outlines at-a-glance the eligibility criteria, amounts available and how to apply. You’ll benefit from extensive advice on how to select funds and make successful applications, as well as a directory of useful organisations.

Who should buy this book on grants for individuals in need?

This is the ultimate guidebook for charities working on the front-line, supporting those living in poverty and extreme circumstances. It is particularly useful for key workers, social workers, advisors and housing officers, as well as charity helpline operators.

Charity fundraising teams will also find it a vital guide to the funds available.

What does it cover?

This is your guide to every fund geared towards helping those living in poverty.

  • Clear, easy-to-navigate sections.
  • Cross-referenced indexes, to help you find the right fund.
  • Detailed information on each funder, including how to apply.
  • Lists of specialist support organisations who could also help.
  • Records are up-to-date and comprehensive including information provided by charities themselves.

‘There has never been a more important time to focus on providing the best possible service to the people we support. This guide will help provide the vital connections that we all need to be able to stand up for, and serve, the people struggling most in the UK today.’ David McAuley, Chief Executive, The Trussell Trust [from the Foreword]


‘Our clients are vulnerable people who need all the help we can give them.  This guide helps us give that help by pinpointing possible sources of funding – funding that we might never have been aware of were it not for this guide.’ Charmaine Davies, Housing Advice Worker, Cheltenham Housing Aid Centre


‘An informative and highly recommended tool which has been invaluable in helping us to access appropriate funding streams for our service users and alleviate their hardship.’ Steve Hawkins, Chief Executive, Local Solutions


‘This guide is an invaluable source of information for people looking for financial help when they need it most. Well researched and comprehensive, like all DSC publications, it continues to be as relevant as ever.’ Alan French, Charity Fundraiser

Look Inside

Have a look inside ‘The Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need 2016/17’

About the authors

Rachel Cain 

Rachel joined DSC in 2015 and has enjoyed contributing to theDirectory of Grant Making Trusts and DSC’s funding websites. She also works on DSC’s Big Lottery Refund Campaign and takes a keen interest in policy work.

Rachel also has voluntary experience with a number of third sector organisations, ranging from a community development charity in London to a befriending service in Denmark.

She has a BA (Hons) in Human Sciences from the University of Oxford, where she successfully campaigned for the Living Wage and was also elected as a Charities Officer. Before joining DSC she worked for an MP, setting up a project with local schools and assisting community groups with funding applications. She is particularly interested in policy.

Jennifer Reynolds

Jenny began working at DSC in 2014. As a member of the Research Team, she contributes to DSC’s fundraising guides and helps to maintain its funding websites.

During her time with DSC, Jenny has co-authored popular titles such as The Guide to UK Company Giving 2015/16, The Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need 2015/16 and, most recently, The Guide to New Trusts 2015/16.

In need of individual grant support?

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 department of schools, colleges and universities
  • reference libraries
  • citizen’s 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 then encourage them to stock the latest edition to enable them to help you and point them to this page to buy the book at the best price.

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