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Family Action Grants to Help Those in Need

By: Kevin Watson MSc - Updated: 29 Jan 2024 | comments*Discuss
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25% of all people suffer mental illness at some stage in their lives. Such illness can lead to all manner of problems. Half of all adults who have debts, for example, are suffering financial hardship because of depression or some other type of mental trauma.

There are other facts about mental health that make sobering reading. Around 75% of people with depression never receive help or treatment; half of those with mental health problems have children that depend on them; and 65% of children with parents that have mental health problems will themselves experience mental illness.

This means that there are significant numbers of adults and children who are at risk because of mental health issues. Family Action is a charity that provides help to these vulnerable people.


Family Action dates back to 1869. Over a period of almost 150 years since then, it has developed a network of 100 services.

These services give welfare help to more than 45,000 families and children each year. This assistance is in the form of emotional support, practical measures and grants. Family Action also has an education-based information and grants scheme. This assists a further 150,000 people.

The charity’s emotional support and practical measures help resolve the many problems that arise from mental illness such as domestic abuse. An equally important aspect of Family Action’s work, however, is its grants programme. The charity has provided grants since it first began. It now administers educational and welfare grants throughout the UK. Both schemes have a range of priorities. The educational grants also have offshoots such as the Horizons Education Fund and the Mid-Yorkshire Social Work Fund.

Education Grants

Applicants for Family Action education grants must be students at an EGAS-affiliated university or college. EGAS is the Educational Grants Advisory Service. It helps students find grants from charitable trusts.

To be eligible for a Family Action grant, students must usually be receiving welfare benefits or on low incomes. They may also have families.

Family Action gives priority to students studying certain subjects. These tend to be practical rather than academic. They are the type of subjects that increase a student’s chances of gaining work.

Students don’t need to be British citizens to apply for grants. Refugees, people with leave to remain, and asylum seekers are eligible and may be studying International English Language Testing System (ILETS) courses or English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL) courses.

Family Action doesn’t set limits to its education grants. The usual amount of each award, however, is £200 - £300. Students generally apply for such grants to help with education costs such as necessary equipment, travel and books.

Although there is no restriction to the amount of a grant, Family Action gives just one grant per applicant for each academic year.

Welfare Grants

The aim of Family Action’s welfare grants programme is to provide financial help to individuals and families who are on low incomes or who receive welfare benefits.

Grants normally work out at £100 - £300. They cover items such as clothing, cookers, washing machines, beds, medical adaptations and aids to communication.

There is a limit on overall funds for the grants. To control this limit, Family Action accepts applications only at specific times of the year. These are the months of March, June, September and December. The charity doesn’t process welfare grant applications outside these four months.

Family Action targets its welfare grants at priority areas. The first of these is mental health. Applicants, for example, must be aged over 18 and have a clearly diagnosed mental health problem.

The other priority areas are domestic abuse; sickness; disability; young people aged 19 – 25; and older people aged 60 or over. Family Action also offers grants to women living in Greater London who need a holiday to help them recover from illness or exertion.

In every instance, grant applicants should not apply directly to Family Action. They must seek the backing of someone who has worked with them such as a health worker or social worker. These representatives must complete and submit grant forms on behalf of the applicants.

If a grant request is successful, Family Action sends a cheque to the applicant’s representative. Applicants cannot receive direct payment.

Family Action restricts each successful applicant to one grant per year.

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Rob - 27-Jan-24 @ 8:10 AM
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Maxy - 2-Dec-23 @ 10:06 AM
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Track - 29-Nov-23 @ 6:42 PM
HiI lost my husband recently and I am suffering with depression I am in universal credit struggling with financial problems I hope they could help
Sara - 6-Nov-23 @ 10:47 AM
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Lilly - 13-Jun-23 @ 12:28 AM
Hi I’m wondering if I can get a grant as I’m struggling financially I suffer with bad mental health and I also have learning difficulties I’m not doing great and I feel so low as money is a struggle I always go without an it’s making my mental health worse many thanks
Shae - 12-May-23 @ 10:01 AM
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CPTSD - 3-Mar-23 @ 8:14 PM
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Sunshine - 25-Sep-22 @ 8:59 AM
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Julie - 1-Aug-22 @ 8:59 PM
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Kel - 23-Jul-22 @ 4:33 PM
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I am struggling mentally, I need help to pay for my courses that help to keep me engaged and to get some academic materials.
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Hi my name is John I have a diagnosed mental health condition need help to buy new washing machine as our old one packed in
Big john - 27-Apr-22 @ 6:26 AM
Hi I need a grant to purchase essential items such as clothes, food, furniture & kitchen appliances.
Severely ill young a - 17-Aug-21 @ 8:11 AM
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Kaylie - 13-Aug-21 @ 12:57 PM
I'm a young black male suffering with Fetal alcohol syndrome and learning disabilities and mental health problems. I need a grant to help myself get by after paying the rent gass bill electricity bill food. I find it very difficult to pay attention to the details of letters email and day to day life.
Matty - 26-Jul-21 @ 10:40 AM
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Lorraine - 29-Jun-21 @ 9:17 AM
I have tried to contact via emailbut cant contact you.i suffer with mental health depression and panick attacks I am on benefits with 2 children and my partner we are struggling for funds and our washing machine has broken we dont have any funds to purchase one or in a position to rent.my children are aged 7 and 9 years we are struggling to pay debts also with gas and electric and water rates also council tax we are in trouble with.my daughter has been diagnosed partially dead and will need 2 hearing aids we dont claim any benefits for her other than child benefit she doesent get any disability nor do I as pip are saying I am not entitled to it
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Mena - 29-Jun-21 @ 7:17 AM
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