Small grants of up to £400 (£500 for couples) are available to support vulnerable older people living on low incomes in England and Wales.

Grants can be used to cover essential expenses such as purchasing a new fridge, paying unexpected bills, food, clothing, or covering gas and electricity costs.

Friends of the Elderly currently have four grant streams open for older people who are of/over state pension age, have savings of less than £4,000 (£5,000 for couples) and who do not fit the criteria for other funders:

  • Home Essentials to help with the cost of replacing everyday items, small home repairs and mobility adaptations;
  • Digital Connection to help older people get online;
  • Financial Support to help with unexpected bills;
  • Essential Living Costs including clothing, food, medicines and books.

Applications must be made via a third-party Referral Agent such as charities, local authorities, religious organisations, housing associations, community organisations, Information, Advice and Guidance providers and social services representatives, etc.

Applications can be made at any time.