Community Care Grants

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Community care grants are intended to help with expenses so that people can live in the community and families can stay together. Community care grants are discretionary, which means that even if you are eligible you will only get one if the benefit office decides that your need is important and there is enough money left in the district Social Fund budget. Community care grants do not have to be repaid, so you should always check if you are eligible to claim one when you have expenses you cannot meet.

Apply online for a community care grant

What are CCG’s

Community care Grants are non repayable sums that are made to members of a community to assist them in independent living.

Who can apply ?

Administration and award of Community care grants is a discretionary process, however there are conditions of entitlement.

▪   Applicants must be receiving a qualifying benefit, these include:

▪    Income Support

▪   Pension Credit

▪   Income based Jobseekers Allowance

▪   Employment & Support Allowance (Income Related)

It is possible to qualify for a CCG if you are leaving residential care, or can show that you are about to receive one of the qualifying benefits.

Anyone can actually apply for a Community Care grant, and the adviser will decide if you qualify.

How can I use a CCG?

Community care grants are intended to be used to:

▪   Assist applicants to settle in a community following some time in residential care.

▪   Assist people to remain in the community, when they would otherwise be moved into residential care.

▪   Alleviate unusual pressures on households

▪   Assist a relocation following a period of turmoil.

▪   Assist the care of a temporarily or recently released prisoner

Assist with specific travel arrangements including:

▪   travel to see someone who is not well

▪   to attend the funeral of a relative

▪   assist with effects of a domestic crisis,


Things that can affect the amount paid:

▪   A Community Care Grant application can be made for any reason, however will not be paid for specific items/service.

▪   No application for less than £30 can be paid unless it is for travel expenses

Savings that you hold can affect the amount that you are awarded.

How to apply for a CCG

Community Care Grants can be applied for by using an application form and then sending the completed form back to your local Job Centre office

Can you appeal a decision?

Applicants can apply for a review of the decision if they do not agree with the outcome, this must be done within 28 days and must explain the specific reasons that you do not agree with a decision

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  • Yvonne.smiles

    May 3, 2013 at 2:25 pm Reply edit

    Can I get a community care grant . I have to move from a three storey house to ground floor flat . Due to health reasons .i am 65 on pension credit .disability allowance. I don’t have savings

  • Yvonne.smiles

    May 3, 2013 at 2:19 pm Reply edit

    I have to move from three storey house to a ground floor flat .for health reasons. I am 65 on pension credit .disability living allowance. I do not savings could i get crisis loan to pay for removals

  • pete

    April 25, 2013 at 10:54 am Reply edit

    I applied for ccg in feb an have been refused on appeal an now have also been turned down by independant review service.i’ve been sleeping on a friends sofa for 8 months after passing of my mother an was looking for ccg to help me find a flat an move on with there anywhere else to turn to for help??

  • Laura

    April 2, 2013 at 12:48 am Reply edit

    Hi iv applied for a ccg for the 3rd time for carpets as i have bare floors which are old and dangerous and i have a 4 yr old whos always injurying himself on them amd a 2 month old who will injure himself when crawling iv applied on 26th march 2013 and as ccgs stopping will i be refused and what is the likelyhood in being refused for carpet again?

  • Luthfa al-hamid

    March 27, 2013 at 9:34 pm Reply edit

    i was recieving esa while homeless and then i got a got a flat from council after being homless and pregnent. the flat is completly empty. i only had some clothes and duvet with me so i moved in and applied for community care grant but they refused to pay me because my esa claim got closed because i failed to return back some questionaire. i didn’t know anything about the claim closing because they sent the questionaire to my old address so i spoke to esa over the phone they sent me a new form to apply for esa again so i filled up the form and send it back to them with new sicknote. now 3 weeks later they saying the recieved the form and the sicknote but i filled up the wrong form so they r sending me another form again which is going to take another 1-2 weeks. mean time i got £67.48 crisis loan to survive for 2 weeks. my complain is that i am stuck in the middle where i can not get community care grant and i can not get sure start maternity without esa paid to me. time is running out 2 days left till community care grant finishes and i despretly need the money because i have nothing except for some clothes and duvet. i have bin sleepin in my kitchen floor (its the only floor furnished the rest of the house is empty eg no carpet etc.). i managed to borrow a airbed to sleep and chips to eat from shop. thats how i have bin surviving since 2 months. i have no cooker, fridge or bed. my baby is due next month and i can’t have sure start maternity unless im paid esa. my esa claim is just taking long and long. i am just suffering and running out of time. i tried to get any other benefit but no department can help me. i tried to apply for jsa but couldn’t because my sickote expires in 6th april 2013. please tell me how i can get community care grant as its very important.

  • stephen docherty

    March 20, 2013 at 2:20 pm Reply edit

    i have just moved into my own house last month i stay in an unfurnished house with nothingat all. I spelt on my grans sofa for 4 years. i applied for a community care grant in order to furnish my house i got declined and i appealed i just want to ask if my appeal has been viewed in a different way as i still have not heard anything back?

  • alan

    March 17, 2013 at 6:39 pm Reply edit

    Hi can someone please advise me. Me and my partner have moved to newquay.
    We both are on jobseekers allowence. We cannot get a crisis loan and we are homeless at the moment as the council are refusing to help as neither of us are ill. Everywhere are asking for a months rent and deposit. Which we don’t have, is there any help out the to help with the first month rent and deposit. Please helppppp.

  • Colin

    April 7, 2013 at 3:46 pm Reply edit

    Apply for a discretionary housing payment.

  • lee

    March 4, 2013 at 6:27 pm Reply edit


    I am a single parent with a young son seventeen months old. My rented home from the council was flooded, flood ruined household items, I am not in a position to replace the costs of the damage as I am on benefits, I applied for a c.c.g. Note my social debt pot is high and there for what is available won’t cover what I need. I would like to know what my chances are of the c.c.g?. Thank you.

  • daun hammond

    February 17, 2013 at 11:24 pm Reply edit

    I am 26 weeks pregnant with my 5th child my youngest being 9 now and my eldest is 18 this year. I have been told they do not do the maternity grants anymore and am now panicking as I cannot work as I have been really bad with this one. A lot of problems. I cannot afford a cot and all babies essentials now as I now only get money for 3 of my children and bills are sky high with rent etc. Would I be able to claim a community care grant for babies essentials ie cot,bedding,clothing etc. I am now panicking as the money I get is gone as soon as I get it. Any advice please?? Thank you. X

  • fawn

    November 28, 2012 at 7:25 pm Reply edit

    Hi could u advise me. I applied for a ccg 8 days ago. Last tuesday. I applied for help to buy a new mattress, sofa and carpet for my daughters room as the ones I had have been affected by damp in my home and are covered with mould and my daughters cannot sleep in there bedrooms. Am I likely to be refused? Thank u x

  • Sarah

    August 9, 2012 at 8:30 am Reply edit

    Hi I applied for a ccg 3 weeks ago and haven’t get had a reply – is this usual? Or is there a number I can call to check the Progress? Can’t find one anywhere!! Thanks

  • Abigail bolden

    July 31, 2012 at 11:56 am Reply edit

    can anyone help me? i need clothing im 16 and been kicked out my house i have been for a while i need social funds number? cause i need to claim money for clothes etc can anyway help?

  • sezza

    July 23, 2012 at 9:22 am Reply edit

    0845 603 6967

    comunity care grant number – took me like a hour to find it and get messed around by the socal

  • charlotte

    July 13, 2012 at 1:26 pm Reply edit

    hi my name is charlotte i sent my form of on the 10th of july i n eed some advice as the beginning of march this year i did recieve a community care grant as my son was coming home from care and i needed a bed and bedding and some clothes and shoes for him i didnt get the full amount but was grateful for what i had but now on the 7th of july my house was flooded due to drains and sewage water i have put a ccg form in because the water went into all my white goods my landlord thankfully is replacing all of the carpets welsh water says we have to go through our own insurance but i havent got none my question is will i have a problem this time as ive only had a ccg a couple of month ago thanks any advice would be great

  • chelsie simpson

    June 20, 2012 at 10:00 am Reply edit

    hi i applyed for a community care grant 2 weeks ago . can i get the number to contact them to see where they are with my application

  • Andrina

    June 18, 2012 at 12:33 pm Reply edit


    I have recently supported someone with a CCG (within the past month). However, the gentleman has now told me that he does not have a bed. Is he able to apply for another CCG or is there a time limit?

  • jemma

    June 16, 2012 at 8:19 am Reply edit

    ive recently had a fire at my property and have lost all my possesions. i am at the moment being placed in a bedsit only temp until my property is fixed so am i entitled to a community care grant to buy new household items for wen im in the bedsit then i can take them all to my property wants it finished?

  • Emma

    June 13, 2012 at 3:06 pm Reply edit

    Hi, im trying to get some advice for my friend. She has just been kicked out of her flat by her flat mate as she and him had an arguement. she has no where to live and is literally just sleeping wherever she can. Shes found a flat that would accept the deposit scheme she has been approved of but they are asking for up front rent and legal fees too. plus she has no furniture at all. she literally has the clothes in her bags that’s it. would she be able to apply for a ccg to help with any of this? she is on income support. and has been for the last few years as she cant work due to medical issues any info you can provide would be brilliant :)

  • katherine

    June 12, 2012 at 9:28 am Reply edit

    Hi I’m 21 years old with a 2 year old son and 7 months pregnant I recently had a stroke due to a condition I have and am awaiting brain surgery but cannot have it until I have had my baby which isn’t a definate date as they monitor me and decide when is best they said anytime from 30 weeks which was yesterday, I haven’t got anything for my new baby, I’m struggling to come to terms with my new way of life that has been caused due to my stroke plus I need a new bed as my condition requires rest and my bed was broke, also they said getting stressed would could cause another bleed in my brain but I’m increasingly anxious and stressed as I have no money to be able to purchase things, do you think I have a good case for a ccg thanks

  • El

    June 8, 2012 at 3:33 pm Reply edit

    Hi I sent off my community care grant application form a couple of weeks ago and still haven’t heard back, I was wondering how long it takes on average.

  • Social Fund

    June 11, 2012 at 5:53 pm Reply edit

    It should take around 10 days for each aspect of the application.

  • danielle

    May 31, 2012 at 11:57 am Reply edit

    Hi I have a 5yr old boy and I’ll 8 months pregnant I was informed u can’t get a maturnity grant nomore and I got knocked back for a ccg they exspect u to keep ur old baby stuff which wouldn’t of helped anyway am avin a baby girl I have no money me and partner are on income support my partner lost his job last year and can’t find more where we live would I still be able to apply for a maturnity grant and still get declined

  • Social Fund

    June 4, 2012 at 5:31 pm Reply edit

    Yes it is likely to be declined unfortunately.

  • kevin

    May 30, 2012 at 1:33 pm Reply edit

    hi im 24 yearold male got turned down for ccg i suffer from deppresion and anxiety i get my 2 kids at weekends and dont have any furniture for my new council house i was stayin with my mum but i need to move out because of all the arguing and fighting with my mum her boyfreind and have been to prison through this and want to move into my own house but have nothing.but i got turned down would i succed with appeal

  • kevin

    May 30, 2012 at 1:48 pm Reply edit

    i was turned because qualifying conditions are not satisfied

  • Social Fund

    June 4, 2012 at 5:33 pm Reply edit

    If you didn’t meet the qualifying conditions an appeal would not help, sorry


    May 30, 2012 at 10:54 am Reply edit

    hi i applied one time for furniture for my new house one time and was accepted. there is hope people, please take the time to appeal dont give up.

  • michaelabuchanan

    May 8, 2012 at 10:39 am Reply edit

    hi i applied for a community care grant as i do not have carpet a bed for my son a cooker or a fridge or a matress for myself i cant get a budgeting loan as i owe to much as i was not gettin any money for my son till he was 8 months old and was having to get crisis loans i have been declined as they sed theses are not exeptional pressures and even had review officer say the same what else can i do ?

  • Social Fund

    May 9, 2012 at 7:25 pm Reply edit

    The next step is to ask for you appeal to be sent to the independent review service – they generally pay out even if the Social Fund section have declined your app.

  • LEAH

    April 22, 2012 at 7:05 pm Reply edit

    I’m worried, iv applied for a ccg, and after reading some of peoples horrific situations im worried im going to get declined, if just moved into my first afficial home with my 14week old son and i have nothing a old couch that was left and that it no cooker no fridge or freezer no washing machine my link worker helped me list what i need and she just looked at the prices on argos but what she told me to put down totals to quite alot i know i won’t get half of it and to be honest i jus need the 4 main things as long as i can store my sons milk and can wash his cloths n cook for him when he starts on solids, but im worried because it totals to so much i will be declined as my situation isn’t half as bad as some others, i posted my application on the 17th of april. any advice or just a word of comfort will be great many thanks.

    (to the judge mental people benefits is not a choice!! i hate it but im on it because my son comes before my dignity and me all round i think the goverment are idiots because they are paying more then the minum wage so they make it impossible for any one to find a job they can live on. GOOD LUCK TO ALL X

  • Social Fund

    April 23, 2012 at 11:28 am Reply edit

    Hi Leah,

    To be honet, as long as you have been honest and reasonable in your application you should be fine.

    The only time that the ammount that you have applied for effects your application is if you quote prices from expensive shops etc.

    Given that you sent it on 17/4/12- its likely that you will get a reply in around 10 working days.
    as long as you satify all of the other critria, like being on benefit for 26 weeks plus you chould het help.

  • Lola

    April 22, 2012 at 11:07 am Reply edit

    can you apply for a budgeting loan at the same time as a comunity care grant? i have applyed for a comunity care grant but after reading all these comments im worried i will be turned down for one!! i am moving into my first unfurninshed house with my two children and have no furniture or anything at all for the house

  • Social Fund

    April 23, 2012 at 11:37 am Reply edit


    you can apply for both at the same time, as long as they are not for the same items :)

  • maywood

    April 20, 2012 at 8:58 am Reply edit

    i am looking for address for jobcentre plus as i have lost envelope for ccg form

  • Social Fund

    April 22, 2012 at 8:57 am Reply edit

    Depends on where you live.

  • missmotherhood

    April 19, 2012 at 11:36 am Reply edit

    i think there are some people out there that make every one else look bad its not peoples fault its the goverments fault. if they wood not let any one sign on till there 21 and make young people go to college or school for emi then we wouldt have this problem kids wood get good jobs due to being in trainning or even get sick of going college that they get them self a job. my partner got his very first job lasted year after studying for 4 years he was surposed to start his job this year feb but now that the owner of the place has been locked up all the staff he employed which is over 30 people have been lefted job less. me and my partner have both worked so hard to earn our own money i worked two jobs one day 3 days a week one 4 nights a week my partner worked 5 days in poundland at the same time as studying we paid taxes we paid NI and we earned our own money looking after two young children to and we are young our selfs 22 and 26 so people out there can do it if we can. but i tell you what after doing all that work the job centre refused to help me and my partner out my partner signed on then a week ago they signed him of. theres no one out there that will tell us what we can do about the man that employed my partner then droped him not even the JOB CENTRE. we have rent to pay, two children to feed, bills to pay and even thou we have worked we still need a new bed, carpet for our room and my cooker has broken down what help im i gonna get. stop you all shud stop moaning about it as there are people out there much worse of then you. and the people who say earn your own money well we will see you on here when you lose your fucking job or get fucked over.

  • accessandy

    July 15, 2012 at 9:42 pm Reply edit

    lol lol, are there still people in this world like you? i bet you get back to work money of the state? working tax credits ? help with housing benefits etc etc, go on tell me how much extra do you get for your 2 kids ? go on tell me ? i have to pay for you sick f**k.

  • Claire

    August 10, 2012 at 2:38 pm Reply edit

    Wow, where did you learn to spell? Nice language too by the way. A great illiterate role model for your kids.

  • nichola

    April 16, 2012 at 12:14 pm Reply edit

    Hi, what is the contact number i can ring to track my appliction pls? thanks.

  • Stephanie Cartwright

    April 13, 2012 at 9:26 pm Reply edit

    HI i Have been in a rented property since 1st March now i was using my moms furniture as she was moving at the time she is moving into her property in 2 weeks time and i have nothing. I am on Income Support and i am a single parent my child is 13 weeks. I also suffer from postnatal depresion. I need evreything from cutlery to a bed to a cot for my baby boy, also i need a sofa. I am in need of so much and it is getting me down i really didnt want to ask for help as i never do but unfortunatly i have no other choice. PLease get back to me as soon as possible thank you

  • gem

    April 8, 2012 at 5:33 pm Reply edit

    how long to get a reply from ccg? i wrote ‘urgent’ on my form, will this help? just been rehoused and have no furniture or any household items as me and my children fled d.v and have been living in a womans refuge for over a year. also whats the max they can give you as i have nothing for my new home. thanks

  • Social Fund

    April 8, 2012 at 6:34 pm Reply edit

    They will grant up to £820 depending on circumstances, and the process is in 3 stages (apply>accept> get paid) each stage can take 10 days.

  • kayleigh dale

    April 3, 2012 at 5:04 pm Reply edit

    Hi , I applied for a community care grant last week after moving from spain in december with my 2year old son and living with my parents in a one bedroom house…as you can imagine it is very over crowded. I recently have moved into a property but i have nothing, no furntiure, no curtains or carpets and no white goods.
    This is extremely difficult for me especially with a 2 year old son.
    Could you tell me when i can expect to hear back with a decision?
    Many thanks

  • Social Fund

    April 5, 2012 at 7:26 am Reply edit

    it generally takes two weeks to get a reply from the social fund, however you can call and see where they are up to with your application.

  • Katrina

    April 2, 2012 at 12:34 pm Reply edit

    Everyone I spoke to this morning refused to tell me why I had been turned down other than to say that ‘I did not meet the criteria.’ I spoke to several people and even asked to speak to a manager but no one would assist me further or provide me with any further information. I feel from what was said by the DM last week that I am being told that because I have been living here for some time I am not technically homeless, therefore there is no urgent need for me to move, even though on my statement I did with the CO I clearly explained that my CPN had advised me to move to enable me to live independently. I feel very strongly that the DM who was handling my case from the beginning has failed to handle my case with due care. I also feel I am being penalised because I did not feel comfortable because of my situation with disclosing the extent of the problems I am living with. I would doubt the letter will come tomorrow but in the meantime I am stuck here and I really cannot take it any more. Do you think if I asked my CPN to call when she is back tomorrow that she might be able to get any further information or failing that help me to apply for a Crisis Loan to a least get me out of here this week until we can get the issue of the CCG sorted out? Do you think I could a least get that in the meantime if she helped me? Thank you.

  • Social Fund

    April 2, 2012 at 1:09 pm Reply edit

    Hi katrina,

    I don’t know that having your CPN call would help to be honest as the DM has already made a formal decision, so were at the stage that we need to look at adding new evidence, OR questioning the reasoning behind the original decision.

    If you found a new property to move into you could ask for 1 months rent in advance as a Crisis Loan, when within 48 hours of moving- but again you need to establish that you are homeless. Had you considered applying for a Budgeting loan for the household items?

  • Katrina

    April 2, 2012 at 12:10 pm Reply edit

    I posted a note earlier but it isn’t showing up, have I done it wrong?

  • Katrina

    April 2, 2012 at 11:41 am Reply edit

    I suffer from a number of mental and physical health problems. I am under the care of the Community Mental Health Team. I applied for a CCG three weeks ago because I have been living with my mother since suffering a mental breakdown three years ago but cannot continue to do so as her own issues and behaviour is severely affecting my mental health. I suffer from both verbal and physical abuse from her and cannot take it any more. I have been injured several times through her outbursts and extreme mood swings. My CPN advised me to move ASAP and I found a house which I took over the tenancy of nearly three weeks ago. However because of my circumstances and me being on benefits I do not have any furniture etc with which to move in as all the furniture here is my mother’s. So I applied for a grant for essential household items. On 22 March I received a telephone call from SF but they did not leave a message so I called back twice on 22 and then again on 23 to be told by everyone I spoke to that no one had called me and my application had not been received. But then on 24 I received a letter saying they needed more information from me before a decision could be made so they had called me on 22. I called back last Tuesday. It was a very difficult conversation and I did not find the DM very nice to me at all. A short time afterwards someone called to say she was a Compliance Officer and she had been sent to see me to clarify some points on my application. She then came last Thursday. She was very nice and I felt that she could see how difficult my situation was with my mother and that she was sympathetic to my need to move. She even said to me when my mother went out of the room that she could tell the situation was very strained. When she left she said she hoped I would be more settled and happy in my new home leading me to believe that her report would be supportive of my claim. I was shocked therefore after yet another weekend of abuse and violence to be told when I called that my application had been declined. The lady I spoke to on the helpline was rude to me and very unhelpful. I have since tried to speak to someone, anyone to help me, but no one will help and they just keep telling me to wait until the letter arrives in the next few days and then to appeal the decision in writing. But what am I supposed to do in the meantime? This could take at least another couple of weeks and even then not be successful. Meanwhile I have an empty home I have nothing at all to move into with and I am living in an intolerable and abusive situation which is having a serious impact upon my health. I have tried to commit suicide because of all this in the past. I have phoned my CPN today for help but she is on annual leave. Perhaps I did not make it clear just how bad my living situation is or the extent of the abuse I am living with but when you are living in fear and your every move is being watched and controlled it is very hard to be free to explain fully and talk. All of my domestic situation is well documented on my medical records and if my CPN was here I know she would support me. Please could someone help me because I am honestly in a dire situation and I cannot just sit here waiting for letters to arrive and paperwork to be passed back and forth. I really would be so grateful for any help you could give me, please. I just cannot take it here any more.

  • Social Fund

    April 2, 2012 at 12:17 pm Reply edit

    Hi Katrina,

    your situation does sound very difficult, and i am surprised that you were turned down after a compliance visit. Did they give you the statement of reasons ( over the phone)for being turned down?

    Technically, you can only appeal a decision that has been served, so even though you learned the outcome of the application via the telephone, you have not officially ben notified of it ( in writing) and as such there is no decision to appeal as yet, hence you being told to wait for the letter.

    However, if you do already know EXACTLY why you were turned down, then there is nothing stopping you writing your appeal today. To speed up the process you could take your appeal letter to your local job centre and ask that they fax it to the section that made the decision, asking for a review. This can be carried out in days rather than weeks.

    To know what to advise we would need to know exactly why you were refused..

  • charmaine

    March 15, 2012 at 7:32 pm Reply edit

    my name is charmaine and im just wondering am i eligble for a grant as ive seen a private rented property which i am interested in im a single parent and the house is only partly furnished i need quiet a bit of things ie washing machine fridge freezer carpets tv ect.

  • john taylor

    March 13, 2012 at 12:48 pm Reply edit

    these are a load of shit ive just got a house so i applied for one coz i have no furniture or anything n i got turned down 1 of the reasons woz because ive not cum out of prison

  • Samantha gawthorpe

    February 22, 2012 at 11:57 am Reply edit

    Ive just filled in a form for a ccg and dont no the address to send it bk to, could u let me no what the address is please im from hull and i use britannia house job centre

  • zoe

    February 3, 2012 at 4:11 pm Reply edit

    Hiya I’ve just applyed for my first budgeting loan I’m on income based job seekers and 4 months pregnant I’ve never had any loans be fore how long odoes it normally take to hear back xxi

  • Social Fund

    February 6, 2012 at 4:01 pm Reply edit

    usually within 10 days

  • Lauren

    February 2, 2012 at 5:10 pm Reply edit

    Hi I am on income Support and I care for a disabled Body, I need a new cooker and new deco is needed and be able to pay for a skip to get rid of stuff-due to a death in which I have taken over everything
    . Can I have a number to apply for CG please will I be excepted do you think?
    Lauren Hunter

  • Social Fund

    February 6, 2012 at 3:58 pm Reply edit

    for the cooker yes, but the skip hire is unlikely

  • lass jacks

    January 27, 2012 at 9:57 am Reply edit

    iv looked at furnished houses an wouldnt put my child in there plus iv signed my child benefit to my mum just wanted to no how i would get on getting a bond and a loan for furnisher thank you for your help x

  • lass jacks

    January 20, 2012 at 3:01 pm Reply edit

    hi i wonder if u cud help iv just finished a temp job on 20th what do i do i need to get a flat my daughters at my mums am sofa surfing at the min iv got no bond no furnite so am classed homeless at the mo how do i apply for flats with no money to furnish it or pay a bond

  • Social Fund

    January 20, 2012 at 4:17 pm Reply edit

    Could you find a furnished property, and ask the council to pay the bond? if so then a crisis loan may be awarded for rent in advance..

  • Lorraine x

    January 19, 2012 at 10:02 am Reply edit

    can you please give me number for budgeting loan as i have to get my daughter a bed as hers has fell apart and i am a single mum and i struggle filling forms so prefer to talk to someone on phone

  • Social Fund

    January 20, 2012 at 10:05 am Reply edit

    Hi, you can not apply over the phone- all applications are in writing- citizens advice can help complete forms

  • Cheryl

    January 18, 2012 at 1:42 pm Reply edit

    Hi, I sent my application form for a community care grant away yesterday what is the usual length of time to hear back about a decisiom? Or what would be the earliest I can give them a phone to see if a decision has been made?


  • helena

    January 17, 2012 at 8:48 pm Reply edit

    Reading thru the comments made me quite mad, I am a single parent to 6 children me and my hubby both worked. I got seriously ill with auto immune disease(no cure) and 1 of my 6 children has severe autism and another is under great 0rmond street for kidney problems, my husband then ran off with a polish woman leaving me with an illness and 6 children, so sometimes people need a little help because they cant work, so unless you walk the path of a disabled person or a person with illness why comment. I hope you never have to live with illness or disability, but if you do you will understand first hand just hope you never have to ayy

  • Moz

    January 14, 2012 at 9:22 am Reply edit

    My CCG application was turned down because i was on contributions based JSA when i applied. I have now been moved to income based JSA, can i reapply for a CCG now that i fit the criteria, or do i have to wait a certain ammount of time??

  • Social Fund

    January 17, 2012 at 5:53 pm Reply edit

    It is 26 weeks

  • kelly

    January 10, 2012 at 8:54 am Reply edit

    hi im 3 months pregnant with twins alredy have an 11 year old do u no if i,d be intitled to any sort of grant to help get cot ,double pram and things as im on income support?

  • Social Fund

    January 17, 2012 at 6:16 pm Reply edit

    Hmmm would have thought a surestart grant – but will check as the rules have recently changed..

  • nelly

    January 4, 2012 at 10:23 pm Reply edit

    Hi there they offered me 1 item asked for on the ccg but I applied for beds etc I explained we were sleeping on camp airbeds , the reason that they said that they couldn’t help was that I didn’t fit the criteria but reading through the letter that they sent back to me I do fit the criteria, and if I didn’t fit the criteria how could they of offered me 1 thing out of everything I applied for , I understand that the budget is tight and if there was any other way I could get the items applied for I would but there is not , thanks again

  • nelly

    January 4, 2012 at 10:12 pm Reply edit

    Hi there after falling pregnant last year I got laid off from my job causing me in having trouble paying my rent and my landlord was selling the house, the homeless dept in the council put me in temp accomodation after 9 months I have now got a stable home as I do not have nothing I applied for a ccg but was refused I have asked for a review as it stated on the letter that I was not awarded items asked for as I did not fit there criteria ‘ I have had a unsettled way of life for the past 9 months ‘ could you please tell me what the chances are of the review process , thank you

  • Social Fund

    January 4, 2012 at 10:17 pm Reply edit

    Ccg’s can be pretty black and white- in terms of eligibility. So if you have been turned down on review on a basis of fact than don’t hold out much hope for that to be overturned.

  • julie

    January 4, 2012 at 12:38 pm Reply edit

    I have had to return to uk with nothing but my 3 children due to a marriage breakdown and domestic circumstances. I am able to claim for a community care grant to help us find somewhere to live till I get back on my feet?

  • Social Fund

    January 4, 2012 at 10:19 pm Reply edit

    Claim benefits- then apply for a crisis loan, it probable that you will not qualify for a grant at this stage

  • kj

    January 2, 2012 at 7:49 pm Reply edit

    im movining in to my first flat and got nothing can u help

  • Social Fund

    January 3, 2012 at 12:26 pm Reply edit

    You will need to call for a loan- but you will need to explain why you have not been able to save up a little to allow you to move ?

  • kellie

    January 2, 2012 at 6:46 pm Reply edit

    I have applied for budgeting loan and community care grant and haven’t heard nothing back atall do you no when I will here something

  • Social Fund

    January 2, 2012 at 7:39 pm Reply edit

    Probably after next week now- but you can call tomorrow..

  • nichola

    December 19, 2011 at 11:15 am Reply edit

    hello i recently moved out of a mother and baby supported housing to get a flat with my partner we are both on income support i was told i could apply for a community care grant as we dont have much furniture and no carpets in the flat will i still be eligable as we have now been here 5 months just been so hecktic as we have just had our 1st son please could you let me no if its worth me applying now?

  • liam

    January 10, 2012 at 1:16 pm Reply edit

    yes u can but look in the argos for your prices if its to much they will say no

  • andrew

    December 6, 2011 at 10:58 am Reply edit

    i’ve put in 2 forms for community care grant and been knocked back both times, i’ve moved into a new flat from shelted accomadation and there is nothing in my flat, i’ve been in there nearly 2weeks and everything i have is borrowed.

  • becky

    December 5, 2011 at 10:15 pm Reply edit

    how much care grant can i get and if i wana mve to anuva flat will i get it?

  • Social Fund

    December 6, 2011 at 7:27 am Reply edit

    That it totally dependent on your circumstances .

  • liam

    January 10, 2012 at 1:18 pm Reply edit

    i have a m8t that is homeloss can u help me

  • bee

    December 5, 2011 at 10:07 pm Reply edit

    how much social fund cn i apply for? and if i want to move into another flat will i get it?

  • emma

    November 18, 2011 at 10:02 am Reply edit

    hello i am a mum off 2 kids and i am looking for a hose to rent i have found one but i need 2 months rent can they help me

  • alex

    December 5, 2011 at 10:09 pm Reply edit

    get a job u spounge

  • Amanda

    January 2, 2012 at 7:33 pm Reply edit

    learn to spell…..

  • Graham Allinson

    March 13, 2012 at 9:22 am Reply edit

    what an idiot,why come on this site where people are asking for help you dont know there circumstance,i left the Army last year after i was injured i used to share your narrow minde views 14 years in the Army im now on disability living allowance and employment support allowance i never asked to get injured but what annoys me is idiots like you tar everybody the same and there not. Dont judge anyone until you walk in there shoes you might need help yourself one day..

  • jennifer smith

    November 15, 2011 at 4:52 pm Reply edit

    I am living with ma mum and her partner atm, but they are spliting up, and i am forced to look for a flat, which i have done but need a bond which is £390 and cant afford to pay it, because i am on job centre benifits, could i get a loan ?

  • Social Fund

    November 16, 2011 at 11:38 am Reply edit

    Hi they will not pay a BOND but will pay the first months RENT IN ADVANCE- make sure that your clear about what you ask for and you should be fine


    November 7, 2011 at 3:45 pm Reply edit


  • Social Fund

    November 7, 2011 at 4:46 pm Reply edit

    He needs to apply for benefits first


    November 7, 2011 at 4:49 pm Reply edit


  • Social Fund

    November 21, 2011 at 6:56 pm Reply edit

    Does he not get child benefit? If not then does he have a social worker?

  • em

    March 10, 2012 at 5:37 pm edit

    fgs let him sleep on your couch til he gets a job…family huh


    October 21, 2011 at 4:24 pm Reply edit

    hi i cant get out the house to get to a phone box at the moment because of the cold weather affecting my disability and my newborn baby. i dont have a house phone for making outgoing calls i have no credit in my mobile. i do have access to the internet but i dont have a printer to print out forms. wouldnt want to do the online forms either. i would like to email a request to get the folowing forms to be sent out to make applications by post
    >community care grant
    >budgeting loan

    to my adress if you have any of these forms it would be great if you could send them to me or if you have any email addresses for the social fund, please email me their email address so that i can email them to request the forms to be sent out

  • Social Fund

    October 22, 2011 at 5:59 pm Reply edit

    Hi alison,

    They do not have an email address for this type of thing- you will need to phone/write to them to get the forms posted out.

  • Darren

    October 16, 2011 at 5:55 pm Reply edit

    How long does it take to ccg as I jus put in for one

  • Patch

    October 14, 2011 at 12:06 pm Reply edit

    ive been offered a great opportunity to open my own shop ( for only £50 a week including bills) with the governments freeze on small business rates this is a perfect opportunity for me to get myself back into work with some real earning potential. the only problem is i have no money to kit my shop out ive figured that i need close to £1000 for everything what would be be the best way for me to get financial help for this as i have bad credit? thanks

  • Social Fund

    October 20, 2011 at 6:52 pm Reply edit

    Not classed as a crisis – sorry

  • Chinese Alan

    January 27, 2012 at 5:27 pm Reply edit

    Couldnt you apply for a budgeting loan or small business loan from a bank or business funder.
    It would take you a week to get a plan together.
    The money data is the hardest part for your annual money & stress projection.

  • lisa

    September 18, 2011 at 5:51 pm Reply edit

    could they confirm the grant ealier than they do? due to me sleeping on the floor untill i receive something from them and i am pregnant with my first child..?? please help?? x

  • Debbie

    September 15, 2011 at 2:17 pm Reply edit

    I recently lost my job and i am in private rented accomodation, i do not have the money for home heating oil and have completely run out, the oil also provided me with hot water, would i be eligible for a grant for oil if i applied for it ?

  • joosephine mary culhane

    September 9, 2011 at 3:32 pm Reply edit

    i have filled in a form for community care grant and a independant view no reply yet.
    M s J M Culhane also i cannot read the writing it is hard to see in a black background?

  • Toni

    September 6, 2011 at 8:28 pm Reply edit

    What is the address i send the application for to?


  • caroline

    August 29, 2011 at 11:39 am Reply edit

    why don’t you all just get a JOB and EARN your own MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • andy r

    October 31, 2011 at 2:30 am Reply edit

    cus we have lost our jobs through variouse reasons which 1 day could happen to you

  • andy r

    October 31, 2011 at 2:33 am Reply edit

    when i lost my job i thought i would easily find a local job so i did not sign on, 1 month later after tryin my bloody hardest i hat to sign on to get my rent paid by benifits!!!! so dont give a ridiculis statement!!!!!

  • angry man

    March 21, 2012 at 7:02 am Reply edit

    Caroline u sound like a right fool. I really hope you 2 loose your Job like so many of us unfortunate people have, due to this countries lack of judgement regarding the ever increasing Imagration problem. I lost everything due to fact my boss saw it easier to pay someone less skilled half my wage. Not everyone on here is a waster. It grieves me signing on but we all have to live u stupid woman!!!!!

  • mark russel

    November 1, 2011 at 7:21 pm Reply edit

    why dont you get yerself off to work and help pay all these loans through ya taxes . ta very much

  • Jake

    November 21, 2011 at 9:52 am Reply edit

    Because some of us are fucking DISABLED !!!!!

  • mike

    December 1, 2011 at 6:55 pm Reply edit

    pompous bitch

  • Sophie

    December 5, 2011 at 8:47 pm Reply edit

    Getting a job these days is actually quite hard. i lost my job last month due to my manager being a perve! you dont actually know what goes on behind closed doors so i suggest that you keep your mouth closed and think before you type as you clearly have no advice for the people on here and that is what people are looking for! i am sick to death of reading things like this from stuck up people like you! GET A GRIP AND STOP BEING SO PATRONISING AND CRUEL!

  • angry man

    March 21, 2012 at 7:04 am Reply edit

    well said Sophie.

  • becky

    December 5, 2011 at 10:19 pm Reply edit

    jelous are we, some of us want jobs bt nd help

  • kelly

    January 10, 2012 at 8:50 am Reply edit

    who do you think u r u aint got no right 2 judge love………………………………………………………

  • kel

    January 17, 2012 at 10:53 am Reply edit

    that is a nasty comment to make, our country is down the pan with many companies going under and hardly any jobs available to even people of higher education, i myself have just had to come out of work at 26 years old due to having a stroke being left unable to walk and have just found out i also have ms with lesions in my spine and brain which affects me everyday and my children also when i cant walk or even dress myself
    so maybe you should thimk about what you say before saying it do you know why all different people are out of work? no!! so would you tell me to go back to work? i physically cant!!
    i had a very well paid job before all this happened and if i could return to work i certainly would as living on benefits is hard enough but with comments like yours to boot make benefit claimants feel worse
    now lets just hope you dont have to be in that situation yourself in the future!!!

  • sara carroll

    February 13, 2012 at 1:44 pm Reply edit

    keep your nasty comments to yourself bitch

  • Graham Allinson

    March 13, 2012 at 9:13 am Reply edit

    What a narrow minded ignorant person you are people are in these situations for a variety of reasons,i served in the Army for 14 years until i got injured i used to think like you until i left the Army,Its ignorant people like you who make me sick of this country and the social divide thats in it .Grow up….

  • sam

    April 30, 2012 at 12:12 pm Reply edit

    people like yourself make me sick i have just been made redundant from my job of 11 years!!
    signing on is not something anybody really wants to do but when you are a single parent with a child to look after or in some cases unable to work due to a disability (like my father) you have no choice!!!
    so think before you speak you stupid woman!!!

  • sarah

    August 12, 2011 at 9:59 am Reply edit

    I applied for a ccg how long does it take to recieve reply? thank you

  • Nathan

    August 1, 2011 at 10:06 am Reply edit

    The form you download is a PDF format which means that you need to print it off fill in by hand and send through the post or take to your local job center :)

  • debbie_41

    May 9, 2011 at 8:48 am Reply edit

    I can downlaod the form n yet u cannot type in the boxes. Can any1 help.

  • carly

    May 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm Reply edit

    i applied for a ccg about 2-4 months ago and got declined. i gave them my explanation as my son is care and have to visit my son 3 times a week in nottingham. i needed a suitable accomditon for me and my son to move to as i am a single mum at 19 and getting contanstly harrassed by my family in kilamarsh who have disowned me. the only money i am recieveing is child beneifits, child tax and income support.
    could you please reconsidered of giving me this ccg as this would really help me and my 15 month old son for when he comes out of care in june.
    thanks x

  • julhank

    April 11, 2011 at 11:41 am Reply edit

    hi im inquiring weather or not im eligble for a double bed ,as the one i have now is 12 yrs old and is falling apart , and as i have hip disease im finding it hard to get out of bed as the mattress is worn and sloping at one side . x

  • laura kerwood

    March 3, 2011 at 11:52 am Reply edit

    hi can sum1 answer my question please x

  • laura

    March 3, 2011 at 11:32 am Reply edit

    hiya i have send 2 form for Budgeting loan and community care grants just wont to know weather u got my forms and how much have i got .. please reply and answer my questions

  • rebecca carlin

    November 27, 2010 at 4:11 pm Reply edit

    i need some furnuiture as i have just moved house and could not take every thing with me as didnt have much moeny for removel van

  • andrew bottley

    November 6, 2010 at 11:13 am Reply edit

    i need to get a cot for connor bed for troy bed for me and my wife new sofer and chairs new carpets all over the house if the is ok

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