These aim to prevent families and individuals who are in financial need from reaching a crisis point. To be eligible you must be on a low income, particularly living on benefits, as well as also fitting into one of their other categories. These include:
- Being aged 60 or over.
- Being disabled or unwell.
- Being an adult with a clinical diagnosis of a mental health problem and living in the Greater London area.
- Being a recent victim of domestic abuse and living in the Greater London area.
They provide grants of usually between £200 and £300 to meet essential needs, including funding to promote independence, improve quality of life and reduce isolation.
In addition, they also provide grants for disability aids for the home, items needed to allow someone to be discharged from hospital, and recuperative holidays for women living in Greater London who have faced a long illness.
Applications must be made by a referring agency such as a charity, housing association or GP.