Grants for Individuals

COVID UPDATE: Please note due to the pandemic 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.

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

Grant Amount Caps:

Funding for white & electrical goods up to a maximum of £360

Funding for washer/dryer only is up to £400

Funding for flooring up to a maximum of £400

Funding for items of furniture up to a maximum of £450





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, table & chairs

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

To make your grant go further, there is an option to obtain second-hand goods from British Heart Foundation stores only


Applicants must:

Live within a 10 mile radius of the centre of Bristol

Cannot have previously received funding from us within the past 3 years

Receive only one item per household

 Be on a low income



We cannot help with the following:


Gas cookers

Food costs or household bills

Housing clearances, cleaning fees, decorating costs

Rent arrears, Debt Relief Orders or any kind of debt

Tumble dryers or dishwashers

T.V's, P.C's, or audio equipment

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 you know by letter 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 2020
of funds distributed in 2020

“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