The British Red Cross Hardship Fund aims to address acute hardship and suffering to the those who are vulnerable, providing a short-term financial safety net for people most impacted by the pandemic. The fund aims to support up to 13,000 of the most vulnerable over a three-month period.
Who can apply?
Local Authorities and charity partners can contact The British Red Cross to identify potential recipients of the fund. If you are interested in finding out more about the fund to support those most impacted by Covid-19, or to become a referral partner, please visit their website. You can read referral criteria here.
What can you apply for?
The fund is there to provide help to people who are unable to afford essentials including:
- Food and toiletries
- Somewhere safe to sleep
- Access to a telephone and the internet
- Fuel to keep the lights on, cook and stay warm
How much can you apply for?
Funds distributed to those who meet the criteria will receive a pre-paid card. The cash grant will be a maximum of £360, paid in three monthly instalments of £120 each. Families with children or other dependants can apply for up to three grants, for a total of £1,080 over the three-month period.
The pre-paid cards can be used online or in shops using chip and pin or contactless. ATM withdrawals are limited to £35 for the lifetime of the card (14 weeks).