Grants for Individuals

Planned opening dates for applications to the Grants to Individuals scheme are:

  • Tuesday 4th June at 9:30am
  • Tuesday 2nd July at 9:30am

The grants to individuals programme helps people that are in need, hardship or distress, or people who are suffering from ill health, are convalescent or have a disability.

items we fund:

We can help with ONE of the following:

White goods (washing machines, electric cookers & fridge/freezers)

Small electrical equipment such as hoovers and microwaves

Basic furniture such as beds, sofas, storage, tables & chairs

Kitchen crockery sets to include pots, pans, cutlery, plates etc.

Flooring - we do not routinely approve flooring grants for new tenancies. Additional criteria apply for flooring grants only

To make your grant go further, there is the option to obtain new or second-hand furniture from British Heart Foundation Home Stores  (The Horsefair & Kingswood stores only)

Maximum Grant amounts

Electric cookers - up to £450

Fridge freezers - up to £385

Washing machines - up to £400

Washer dryers - up to £500

Flooring - up to £400 (please see additional eligibility criteria for flooring

Household furniture - up to £350

Beds and sofas - up to £450


Applications will be considered if the following criteria apply:

The applicant lives within a 10 mile radius of the centre of Bristol

They have not received previous funding from Bristol Charities in the last 3 years

The household is on a low income

There are additional criteria for flooring grants only. Applications may be considered if all the above criteria are met, and one or more of the following apply:

There is a child aged 4 or under in the property and the current flooring is unsuitable or presents a hazard

There is a mobility or disability issue, and the current flooring is unsuitable or presents a trip hazard

There has been an event i.e. flood or fire and the flooring needs to be replaced


We cannot help with the following:


Gas cookers

Food costs or household bills

Housing clearances, cleaning fees, decorating costs or moving costs

Rent arrears, Debt Relief Orders or any kind of debt

Tumble dryers or dishwashers

Televisions, computers, or audio equipment

Medical equipment or treatments


Applicants who are due to move to a new property

Please do not make a grant application if the person you’re supporting has not yet moved into their property or they are due to move soon.  Please only apply once the move has taken place. This is so that our limited funds are used to provide support when it is most needed.


COVID/BREXIT UPDATE: Please note due to the pandemic/customs issues, there may be a delay in supplying some furniture or white goods. Some items may not be delivered for up to 2-3 months or some items may not be available. Alternative items may be offered.

How to apply for a grant

In order to be considered for a grant, you must first nominate a "sponsor" to apply on your behalf. This needs to be somebody from a professional background who can validate your financial details and fill in an application form for you. This can be a social worker, support worker, housing officer or a healthcare professional etc. (If you are a sponsor please see the “Registering as an approved sponsor” section underneath the Grants heading).

Your sponsor will then need to register through our website. Once registered, they will receive a link to the online application form which they must complete on your behalf.

Once this has been submitted, we will review your application form and let your sponsor know by email if you have been successful or not and what further steps to take.

If your grant has been successful you will need to choose your desired items from our online catalogues (please see the catalogues tab for further details).

For flooring grants, a floor fitter will attend your home to measure the rooms, supply samples and fit the flooring.

Grants awarded in 2022/23
of funds distributed in 2022/23

“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 R. R - Grant recipient

Dear Sir, Madam and all who do the magnificent work at Bristol Charities,

You recently donated £120 to my mother, who has a damaged spine and neck; making sleeping very painful.

I got a memory foam from Bristol Bed Maker with other funds to make up the shortfall. It is wonderful!!! Thank you so much it really makes a difference!

— Mr G. B

Thanking you very much for the carpet you supplied to me. After many months of homelessness, I am now settled in my new flat.

Your generosity and kindness has helped me greatly and the contractors did a great job. Once again, Thank you.

— Mr R. M

Thank you to Bristol Charities and supplier for the Russel Hobbs oven which is brill! I had my first roast dinner this week.

Well done and I hope I can give back one day.

— Mr R. A

The Vassall Centre, Gill Avenue, Bristol, BS16 2QQ