What we do
We are aware that the cost-of-living crisis has resulted in additional financial challenges for everyone. At the Healthcare Workers’ Foundation, we provide grants of up to £1,000 to healthcare workers who are experiencing exceptional financial hardship.
It’s easy to apply for financial support and we have two funds to choose from. Please note that you are only able to apply for one of these grants annually and you must live in a specific postcode area (AB30, DD, KY or PH1 to PH19) to apply.
Please ensure that you submit all required information and evidence requested on the form. Due to the large volume of applications that we are receiving, any submissions that do not include the requested evidence will automatically be declined.
Once you have submitted your application, you will receive a generic automated confirmation email from our system. We will be in touch with you to let you know the outcome of your application or if we need any further information from you. Our current processing time is twelve weeks due to the volume of applications, but we may get back to you before that time. Please do not contact us if your application has been with us less than twelve weeks. Our team will be in touch as soon as they have assessed your application and do not have any information they can pass on until that process has been completed.
For general grant enquiries only, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that our team is unable to advice on which grant you should apply for or whether your application will be successful.
If you are a healthcare worker experiencing financial difficulty and can show that you need help with a specific cost, we can provide a grant of up to £1,000 to cover this cost. The purpose of this grant is to directly fund a specific item (from an approved supplier) or service for applicants who are struggling financially and cannot afford to cover this particular expense.
Rainy Day Fund
This grant of up to £250 is for healthcare workers who are struggling financially with their incoming and outgoing costs. You can use it in any way you find useful. Once your application is approved, the amount will be awarded directly into your bank account.
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Guidance for applicants
We welcome applications exclusively from any staff in any paid, substantive healthcare roles, including those simultaneously undertaking study, who are experiencing exceptional financial hardship.
We require the following elements to be satisfied for an application to be considered:
You must live in one of the following postcode areas: AB30, DD, KY or PH1 to PH19.
You must be a healthcare worker who is currently in employment (we do not accept applications if you are currently suspended).
Student applications are not accepted unless you are in paid employment in a healthcare setting. We are unable to consider applicants if you, or your partner, own (or part-own) a second property or if you are already on a debt management plan.
Due to the number of applications that we receive, it is essential that the application form is filled in correctly and the appropriate evidence provided. Incomplete and incorrect applications will be declined for funding.
Please read the following notes thoroughly prior to making your application:
Name and contact information - complete this in full, ensuring that your telephone number and email address are correct, so that we can contact you should we need to.
Address - provide your full home address and postcode, not your work one. Your role as a healthcare worker - give your employer’s address and upload a copy of your official photo ID (including date of issue if applicable). A name badge is not sufficient.
Marital status - provide your current, legal, marital status.
Dependents - a dependent is anyone who depends on you for financial support. This could include elderly relatives or children. If this applies to you, please give further details in the space provided.
Housing status - this should apply to your home address, as given above.
Disability - if you have a disability, you must upload evidence of this (e.g. a letter from your GP).
Benefits - provide details of all the benefits you currently receive.
Supporting evidence - provide details of your annual household income. This should include any benefits you receive. You must upload a full and latest bank statement (covering at least a calendar month) for every account you hold, as well as your partner’s (if applicable). This includes savings and Pay Plan accounts, as well as ISAs. Failure to provide these will render your application incomplete and you will be declined a grant.
Data declaration and consent - please read these statements carefully and tick the box to indicate that you give your consent. Please consider opting in to receive further information about the charity and services available to our beneficiaries.
General fund applications only (further evidence required) - you may apply for an item or service up to the value of £1,000. Please do not apply for more than one item; the cost of one item only will be considered. Please ensure you provide details of the item/service you are requesting and of the evidence submitted.
Other organisations that can provide support
If you are ineligible to apply for our support, the following organisations may be able to help:
Royal Medical Benevolent Fund
BMA Charities Grants
Royal College of Nursing
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Student Finance Wales
Student Finance Northern Ireland
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