Dear Bristol Charities,

I cannot thank you enough for helping me get a proper bed. I have been on a camp bed for 5 weeks. I have a spinal problem...that has got worse. Today I got an orthopedic three quarter bed, with a nice metal frame. It is so comfortable. Thank you so much. I medically needed a bed and I am looking forward to sleeping in comfort.

With gratitude.


Ms Razia Rees
Grant recipient

Grant Giving Overview

Bristol Charities has four main areas of charitable funding:

  1. Relief in Need
  2. Relief in Sickness and Disability 
  3. The Ella Mary Merchant Fund for the Relief of Carers
  4. Educational Funds for the Advancement of Education

People Helped:

  1. People in need, hardship or distress
  2. People who suffer from ill health, are convalescent or have a disability 
  3. Carers who have limited means 
  4. Young people under 25 who may need help funding after school activities, school trips or certain educational material

Type of Help:

Funding is available for:

  • White goods (washing machines, fridges/freezers, electric cookers) up to £350
  • Small electrical equipment (vacuums and microwaves)
  • Flooring
  • Basic furniture
  • Cots, beds and mattresses 
  • Starter packs (kitchen crockery) 
  • Respite breaks for carers
  • Nursing/care services to provide break for carers
  • Support to carers after the death of the person being cared for

Grant Amount Caps:

  • Grant funding available for white goods is up to a maximum £450
  • Grant funding available for carpets is £350 per room up to a maximum of 4 rooms
  • Grant funding available for items of furniture is up to a maximum of £350

Room Packages:

We have now introduced "room packages", available only to applicants that have previously been homeless and are being re-housed. Please note this is for a 3 month period only, ending in March 2019. Room packages available are as follows:

  •  Kitchen package - max. £1,000 (cooker, fridge, washing machine, hoover etc)
  •  Living room/dining package - max. £1,000 (sofas, armchairs, coffee tables etc)
  •  Bedroom package - max. £800 (beds, wardrobes, chest of drawers etc)


Applicants must:

  • Live within a 10 mile radius of the centre of Bristol
  • Only apply for a grant up to the sum of £350 within a 3 year period only
  • Receive only one voucher per household

We cannot help with the following: 

  • Clothing
  • Tumble dryers or dishwashers
  • Gas cookers
  • T.V's, P.C's, or audio equipment
  • Baby equipment 
  • Fees for those in care 
  • Rent arrears, DRO's or any kind of debt
  • Moving fees
  • Cleaning/deep cleaning fees