Our Relief in Need grants (when agreed) are given to people on low incomes (or on state benefits) for essential items of daily living.



Relief in Need grants are for essential items of daily living including kitchen appliances, beds, furniture and clothing.

We also consider requests for floor coverings (though not laminate flooring) decorating materials and baby items (not covered by the statutory maternity grant).

Exclusions are listed below.

If you are in doubt about whether we will help fund the item you wish to apply for, then please call us on 020 7386 9387 to discuss your request. Most of our grants relate to the items already described above, so you are interested in something which is not listed then we would recommend checking with us before taking the time to complete a request form.


Relief in Need grant applications can be made in the following two ways, with application forms downloadable by clicking the relevant icon. Please note the two different forms. Using the wrong form may mean that your application is not considered.







*Agencies applying on behalf of individuals need to ensure that all the appropriate checks are made with regard to income, residential status, and general suitability. Invalid or incomplete applications will cause frustration and delay, and may even result in us being unable to process requests.

Application forms may alternatively be requested by phone or email.



Forms can be returned to our office by hand, by post, or by email (click here for details) If you wish to discuss your application, please contact us in advance, by telephone or email. 

Please make sure all completed applications include (n particular) an up to date telephone contact number and/or email address.

If you are an individual (or family)


Download the fillable PDF form by clicking the icon on the right. (You must save the form before filling it in if you are using a PC to complete it.)

If you are a supporting agency*, e.g. Social Services


Download the fillable PDF form by clicking the icon on the right. (You must save the form before filling it in if you are using a PC to complete it.)


Please be aware of the following exclusions:

  • We do not normally help those who are homeowners

  • We do not help those not in our area of benefit

  • We do not give cash grants (unless they are to be administered by an agency)

  • We do not give grants retrospectively or pay arrears on utility bills

  • We do not provide funds for funerals

  • We do not provide wheelchairs or electric scooters

  • We do not provide computer equipment of any sort, unless you are housebound

  • We do not provide dishwashers unless there is a medical need 

  • We do not provide items that government, local government, or other agencies are required to provide by law

  • We do not usually provide items (other than clothing or books) where the individual purchase value is less than £15.

Please note: if we can't help, there may still be people who can. The Advice Station website gives a great deal of up to date information about where you can get help with all kinds of things, and Local Support Payments may be a scheme which will help those people who are outside of our benefit area (Fulham only) to get some of the things you/they require. Some examples of other organisations you might try are listed in a Word document accessible by clicking here.