Home > Family > Grants & Funds for Widowed Parents

Grants & Funds for Widowed Parents

By: Jennifer Lowe - Updated: 13 Nov 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Widowed Parent Allowance Funding For

It is very difficult to cope when you have lost your partner unexpectedly, and this isn't made any easier when there are children to consider. There is however, some help available.

As a widow with dependent children, you are entitled to apply for the Widowed Parents Allowance. Now, even though your finances won’t be at the top of your list at this current time, it is worth checking out what extra help you are eligible for.

A Little Extra

The surviving parent of a child may be eligible to apply for the Widowed Parents Allowance providing that the child is able to receive child benefit and that the surviving parent has paid enough National Insurance (NI) payments throughout their working life.

If the surviving parent is pregnant by their deceased partner, they may also be entitled to a grant.

However, the rules change slightly if your partner died whilst at work. If this is the case then you could be eligible for the grant even if they didn't make sufficient NI payments.

Though you cannot claim Widowed Parents Allowance if you are a pensioner you may be due for extra retirement pension your deceased partner paid NI during their working life.

You will not be eligible to receive the grant however, if the marriage or partnership had ended previous to the death and it will also be withheld if the surviving parent has a surviving spouse or partner and is living with them.

A Helping Hand

This form of funding is paid to a single parent to help them maintain a standard of living for both them and the child.

Each parent receives a standard rate, which works out at £87.30 a week. The children then receive an extra £11.35 a week and £9 is added on top of that for the eldest child or an only child.

The After Effects

It is possible that if you, as the sole parent, are in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance, or other similar benefits, they will be reduced if you begin receiving the Widowed Parents Allowance.

Child benefit will also be affected if you are in receipt of extra for an only child. In this case, you will receive that standard child benefit but still be eligible for the extra only child payment of the Widowed Parents Allowance.

The Application

It is important that you check what financial help you are entitled to as soon as you can, that way you will benefit the most.When you have applied for the Widowed Parents Allowance, you will receive the payments automatically to your bank, building society or even post office account.

Although your partner may have made sufficient arrangements to provide for their family following their death, having this extra reliable income will provide you with some stability in what can be in a very trying time.

Other Benefits

If you have received the Widows Parents Allowance, then your deceased partner must have kept up their NI payments. If this is the case, or they died whilst at work, then you could be eligible for Bereavement Allowance.This is basically a one off payments of £2,000 that will be paid directly into your bank account.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
[Add a Comment]
Hello members,I great you all,am a Ugandan,a widow with four years old child,am looking for someone to stand with me to pay my daughter' s school fees,I am working as a house maid in Oman but my salary cannot take care of all her needs, please help,+96871192337. Thank you.
Hildah - 13-Nov-17 @ 2:39 PM
Im apply for my daughter & granson .she became widow 6yrs ago she work part time. I am hoping that you can help her and my granson .my granson has autism and needs new bed and walldrobefor his clothes.
Debs - 27-Jun-17 @ 6:59 AM
I m looking for the help of 103 mosquito nets for the poor children .Most of them die of malaria ,I would like to save them by giving them the mosquito nets. It is a urgent issue let us save them .
Father Christmas - 6-Jun-17 @ 8:14 AM
Well I have 7 kids and there father father just died and needhelp and all my 7 kids, are under age
Marcy - 4-Jun-17 @ 3:26 PM
cocol - Your Question:
I am a widow for 12 years, my two daughter is now in high school, we are just rented a house, im working in the government employee but low salary, my salary is not enough for us, I would like to apply for financial help in order to pay my children needs. Thanks in advance. God Bless

Our Response:
Try the Turn 2 Us website and use the benefits calculator to see if you are entitled to any otehr help.
GrantsExpert - 10-Jun-16 @ 2:03 PM
I am a widow for 12 years, my two daughter is now in high school, we are just renteda house, im working in the government employee but low salary, my salary is not enough for us,i would like to apply for financial help in order to pay my children needs. Thanks in advance. God Bless
cocol - 9-Jun-16 @ 3:37 AM
Recently bereaved.Wife had cancer.I have one year old twins and a five year old.Contacted dwp bereavement line.Got told I could claim nothing unless I was on an income related benefit which I am not.Have had to reduce working hours to accommodate children.Childcare is more than I earn but can't claim any benefits.Wife was a deputy head teacher.We both had a joint income of 70k now down to around 8 to 10k.Luckily we paid for life insurance to pay off mortgage.Greatful for small blessings but I often wonder what society we live in when I'd be better off if I sat at home with no job and be financially better off. I've recently submitted a bb1 form to dwp as I believe woman lied to me on phone.
Bimwhoop - 8-Jan-16 @ 5:48 PM
Applebober - Your Question:
My partner died in March. Shortly after in April I gave birth to our beautiful daughter she is now 6 months I am unable to claim any widow benefits as we were not married. If there are any grants that may be available please could someone inform me as I would be very thankful X

Our Response:
Try the Turn 2 Us website to find out what grants and benefits might be applicable to your own situation. Remember to ensure you are receiving the relevant tax credits and Child Benefit.
GrantsExpert - 9-Nov-15 @ 11:03 AM
My partner died in March. Shortly after in April I gave birth to our beautiful daughter she is now 6 months I am unable to claim any widow benefits as we were not married. If there are any grants that may be available please could someone inform me as I would be very thankful X
Applebober - 8-Nov-15 @ 2:23 PM
My partner and I wanted to get married but our local church refused to because we did not attend regular church. I worked with young adults with autism doing 14 hour shifts sometime leaving me no time for church. My partner had half a heart and could not get to church. We wanted children snd had IVF. Ideally we wanted to be msrried but wanted to have a proper ceromoney. He did not want a registery office. He did not get to have much in life. We got a prognosis and were told he would need a heart transplant in hid late 40's or early 50's. We decide having children was more important. So we were thrilled when the IVF worked. We had a boy. Sadly my partner died in his sleep two weeks after he was born. I am told my child cant have widow parent allowence because my partner and I were not married. I am so sngry my child is discriminated because his parents are not married. We are not in the dark ages. It does not tske a ring on a finger to make someone a parent. My child has lost his father. He will suffer exactly the same as all other children who have lost their parent/s. It is wrong to do this to any child. I will not sit back scilently this archaic system needs to change. Into todays society where many children are born with their parents not married. Their loss still matters. And they should be treated equally. And bevore someone goes on about proving the person was the parent. I had IVF I have more proof than most.
Lost - 31-May-15 @ 7:06 AM
I am director of Banda Ahenkro Widows Association, i need funds to build a project for the widows i will like to know if i can apply?. I am from Ghana West Africa.
Banda Ahenkro Widows - 26-May-14 @ 2:10 PM
Hi I am a young widow who lost a husband tragically I have two small kids I am currently unemployed/job hunting so unable to pay school fees am asking if theres any assistance I can apply for
Eva - 7-May-14 @ 10:31 AM
I like to apply for a grant funding for my widows project in our church.
-- - 17-Aug-13 @ 2:40 PM
I wish to inform you that I have still not received a reply for the inquiry made in November. Who is eligible to receive the grants mentioned in your web page? Anne
Anne - 17-Feb-13 @ 4:55 PM
I am a 54 year old widow with a daughter residing in Sri Lanka. I became a widow at a very young age and as a livelihood I was having Montessori School. I had to close down the school due to unavoidable circumstances and now I do not have a job. My daughter is still studying. Could you please let me know whether I could apply for a grant? Thank you
Anne - 17-Nov-12 @ 2:35 PM
I would like to apply for financial help in order to persue my career of my choice, I don't know if I am eligible to for a grant. I work part-time and I have been looking for a job for almost 6 months. Many thanks, Lucia kagiso
Lol - 24-Jul-12 @ 4:39 PM
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice...
Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Latest Comments
Further Reading...
Our Most Popular...
Add to my Yahoo!
Add to Google
Stumble this
Add to Twitter
Add To Facebook
RSS feed
You should seek independent professional advice before acting upon any information on the GrantsExpert website. Please read our Disclaimer.