Grants for individuals

Current funding available

for individuals
0
Programme closed for 2021

Eligibility

Westminster Amalgamated Charity is an independent, registered charity.  It is not part of or related to Westminster City Council.

Westminster Amalgamated Charity can help you if you currently live, work or study in the London Borough of Westminster or if you have previously lived or worked in this borough for a total of five years or more.

Grants are awarded to individuals who are on a low income or in receipt of benefits, on a low income/benefits and have a disability, or are homeless (but residing in a hostel).

Grants can be made towards:

  • Purchasing clothing
  • Purchasing essential household items (furniture, white goods, kitchen equipment) - these items are provided through our chosen supplier and delivered direct to the beneficiary.
  • Holidays for individuals aged 60 and over (taken in the UK only)
  • Decorating/carpeting/flooring (two separate quotes will be required for a request for flooring)

Grants range typically between £100 and £400 and all grants are made at Trustees' discretion.

Exclusions

We do not award grants for:

  • TVs 
  • CD/DVD players
  • Mobile phones
  • Computers/software
  • Educational needs
  • Holidays abroad
  • Debt repayment, rent, bills, food or fees

How to apply

The application form should be completed by the referring agency. This must be a recognised agency such as Social Services, Citizens Advice Bureau, Housing Association, Hostel or any registered charity working in Westminster. If you need assistance with finding a referring agency, please click here for information on organisations that may be able to help you.

Apply using the link below to the new online form. You will be given the opportunity to preview the questions on the form, together with guidance notes, before registering and starting the application process. Applications received by email or post will no longer be considered.

Important information from our supplier

Our supplier has restrictions and conditions regarding delivery and installation. 

White goods

Washing machines, electric cookers and fridge freezers - deliveries resumed. However, there may be slight delays due to fewer crews in operation.

Gas cookers - from 29 July, these can be booked for delivery and installation. There are guidelines in place that both referring agents and individuals should be aware of. Please read the Guidelines here before making an application for a gas cooker.

Furniture

All furniture deliveries are taking place, however some couriers are still not entering properties and will leave it at the front door. This changes on a daily basis and our supplier will advise individuals of any alterations to delivery dates and times.

Individuals are expected to have sought all the State help they may be entitled to before applying. The Charity cannot give money for a need which could be covered by local or national State funds.

As a charity we are not in a position to replace statutory funding and we require all individual applicants to be eligible for benefits. In addition, we expect applicants, where appropriate, to have made an application to Westminster City Council’s Local Support Payments Scheme BEFORE making an application for a grant. 

The Charity does NOT give emergency cash grants or crisis loans.

The Charity does not award grants retrospectively.

See below deadline dates for submitting applications.

The grant programme for 2021 is now closed. Any applications submitted will not be processed. New deadline dates will be posted below in due course.

APPLICATION FORM

 

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Grant process

Grants for Individuals are assessed by the Grants Committee on 6 occasions during the year at approximately 8 week intervals. Deadlines for submitting applications for 2022 will be posted here in due course.

If your application is successful, payment will be made to the referring agent, the supplier or a designated retailer. Payments will not be made directly to the individual.

It is requirement of the Charity that store receipts, or copies thereof, are forwarded to us as proof of purchase.

Please note: the responsibility for the grant lies with the referring agent and the grant must be used for the purpose stated on the application form. Any misuse of funds will result in a claim for reimbursement being made by the Charity.

Questions

If you have any doubts about your eligibility or questions regarding your application please contact the Grants Administrator.