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Grants & Funds for Widowed Parents

By: Jennifer Lowe - Updated: 28 Sep 2019 | 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.

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FAUSTIN - 28-Sep-19 @ 9:42 AM
I am a Pastor in our church and we have widows, kindly help us support them. Thanks Pastor Joash Okelo-Oasis of Hope Community Ministry
Pastor - 7-Jun-19 @ 10:57 PM
I'm a Pastor in our church and we have widows, kindly help us help them Thanks Pastor Joa sh Okelo- Oasis of Hope Community Ministry
Pastor - 7-Jun-19 @ 10:55 PM
I'm a Pastor and I have widows in our church Kindly help us support them. we will be grateful. Thanks Pastor Joash Okelo - Oasis of Hope Community Ministry
pastor - 7-Jun-19 @ 10:50 PM
my husband is late he died two years ago and I need financial support I have two kids since then it very hard for us to eat
dumzzy - 21-Apr-19 @ 8:57 PM
I lost my brother in law on 5th February 2019.my sister have 3 child..plz help my sister...my sister is just 28 year old..plz help
Sonu - 7-Feb-19 @ 7:34 AM
I am a widowers with three kids. We hardly survive with the little I hustle. I need ur help to enable me start a farming project to give my kids a better future, pls.
Baba Pips - 6-Dec-18 @ 7:17 PM
I lost my hubby 5yrs again he was my love we had 3 kids together he dead as a banker but after his death I was left with no financial help from the bank,I used to own a farm but because of the religious crisis in Jos,Nigeria I had to relocate to Abuja the capital of Nigeria.I will be grateful if I can get a grant for my kids education. Thanks
Traceybee - 12-Oct-18 @ 7:09 PM
Please I am a young widow with 3kids I need help for their education. Thanks
Tricia - 29-Sep-18 @ 4:22 PM
Hi I am a Kenyan, a widow and cancer patient. I needhelp in educating my daughter in aviation college. I am disappointed because she discontinued university due financial problem and now she opt leave aviation college because l have been diagnosed with cancer. Thanks
Akothee - 27-Apr-18 @ 3:54 PM
Plz I'm having a very hard time.e I lost my wife and I'm losing my daughter plz help
HP - 15-Mar-18 @ 11:20 AM
We are an organisation that caters for widows and widowers in enabling them sustain their lifes. We intervene in provision of basic needs, these are food, clothing, housing and shelter. The program incorporates health needs and education for their children. Due to the increase in number of children education needs the organisation seeks your assistance in form of grant to sustain these children in school for a better future for these families. Kindly assist.
Rena - 26-Nov-17 @ 6:25 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
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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
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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
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Lol - 24-Jul-12 @ 4:39 PM
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