In this guide
The Discretionary Assistance Fund provides 2 types of grant that you don’t need to pay back.
Emergency Assistance Payment (EAP)
A grant to help with essential costs after an emergency, or if you have experienced a disaster such as a flood or fire in your home, or extreme financial hardship for reasons including delays in benefit payments.
The payment will help you cover the cost of food, gas and electricity, clothing and emergency travel.
The fund is not designed to cover ongoing financial shortfalls.
Individual Assistance Payment (IAP)
A grant to help you or someone you care for live independently rather than enter or remain in an institution such as a care home or hospital.
With this grant you can receive:
- white goods such as a fridge, cooker and washing machine
- essential home items such as beds, bedding and seating
Applications that do not have support from an Approved Partner will automatically be refused.