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Family Action has been distributing grants to help people and families in need since we were founded in 1869.

We know that by giving a small grant when it’s needed the most, we can remove immediate financial barriers, thereby helping families to work through the bigger issues they’re facing such as fleeing abuse or keeping their children in school.

Our grants programmes complement our aim to strengthen families and communities, build skills and resilience and improve the life chances of everyone we work with.

Making a small financial investment can make a big difference to the lives of families like Sarah’s. Read her story to find out how £150 made a difference.

Our small grants programmes focuses on the two areas of Welfare and Education. We believe these to be two of the key areas in which we can really make a difference to support families, both those facing an immediate domestic need and those seeking to improve their educational and employment prospects.

If you or someone you know would like to apply for a grant, visit these links to read the criteria and find out how to apply.

With regret we are unable to acknowledge or respond to postal enquiries. Any enquiries about welfare or educational grants should be made via the email addresses provided in the above links.

What does living in poverty mean?

Living in poverty is a very real issue for thousands of families in the UK; as many as 1 in 3 children grow up living in poverty, despite the UK being the seventh richest country in the world.

Living in poverty means only ever wearing hand me downs and having to choose between putting on the heating or eating dinner at night. 36% of the population are just one large heating bill or a broken washing machine away from hardship.

Read Yasmin’s story to see how poverty affected her and her children

Yasmin’s story

Family Action awarded Yasmin a grant of £200 for clothes for her children.

Yasmin has five children, and they have recently become homeless due to fleeing domestic abuse. They are still waiting on a permanent tenancy and are staying in temporary accommodation.

This has been a time of immense stress for all of them, being uprooted from all that they know and trying to start their lives afresh. Yasmin works extremely hard to provide for the children but this is quite impossible at times – all of the children are young and growing fast, meaning there’s a constant need to be replacing their clothes.

At the moment, the children have to share jackets and shoes. They are often teased by neighbouring children when their clothes don’t fit properly, and look worn.

Family Action has been able to get some second hand clothes for some of the children, but it is impossible to clothe them all with donations – they’re one of the poorest families we have come across in Hackney.

Yasmin and the children have responded really well to the support Family Action has provided, and we know that with help they have a chance to build a safe and loving family unit.