Community Care Grants

Community care grants are a non-repayable grant given by the government to certain individuals. As with any government grant you need to meet certain specific criteria to be considered, but the grant is normally given to people or families who need financial support for living independently within the community or to ease exceptional pressure on your family.


Who is Eligible For the Grant?

You are eligible for the grant if you are:

  • Receiving income Support, income-related Employment and Support allowance, Pension Credit or income-based Jobseeker's allowance.
  • Are likely to be receiving one of these forms of benefits within the next six weeks (for example because you're moving out of care and don't have a job set up).

One of the following must apply for you to receive any community care grants:

  • You're moving out of a care home, such as an institutional or residential care home, to live independently.
  • You're moving to a new home which will be move suitable for you, or are being resettled by a local authority/community organisation.
  • You need help to stay in your home so you don't have to go to a residential care home or hospital.
  • You need help to move or need help for your family due to exceptional pressure, such as long-term illness or relationship breakdown.
  • You need help with certain expenses, such as visiting an ill relative or attending a funeral.


How Much Will I Receive?

Community care grants are given entirely on the basis of need. The grant will vary depending on your circumstances and how much you need. However, you can't normally get a payment for expenses less than £30, unless this is required daily for some period of time.

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