Grants for adults with cancer

There are charities that can offer grants and information about grants to adults with cancer and their families.

Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan provides small one-off payments for people with cancer who have a low income and low savings. The grants can help with practical needs caused by cancer or its treatment. You can use the money to:

  • buy new clothes if your body's shape or size has changed due to weight loss or weight gain
  • pay your heating bills if they are high because you're using your heating more due to feeling cold during chemotherapy
  • pay for a much-needed short break in the UK during, between, or after treatment, or when you can't have any further treatment

Macmillan will also look at specific requests that can help to make your situation more comfortable and give you a better quality of life.

How much will you get?

How much you get will depend on your situation and needs. The average amount is about £350. A Macmillan grant doesn't usually affect any other benefits you're getting.

Who qualifies?

To qualify, you must:

  • have a cancer diagnosis, or still be affected by cancer or its treatment
  • live in the UK
  • have less than £6,000 in savings (a single person) or less than £8,000 in savings (a couple or family)
  • have a low income after paying rent, mortgage and Council Tax (a weekly income of up to £323 for a single person, or £442 for a couple or family)

Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Attendance Allowance (AA) are not counted as part of your income.

How to apply

The following people can apply on your behalf:

  • a medical or healthcare professional
  • a benefits adviser
  • a social worker
  • someone in another professional position working with people affected by cancer

If the person applying for you is not a healthcare professional, a second person needs to write a medical report. The report needs to have information on your cancer diagnosis, outlook (prognosis) and how cancer has affected you. This person can be a Macmillan nurse, clinical nurse specialist, hospital doctor, GP or any other Macmillan healthcare professional that looks after you.

Contact details

Contact Macmillan Cancer Support for more information on grants.

Helpline: 0808 808 00 00 (7 days a week, 8am to 8pm). 

Charis Grants Ltd

Let's Talk Charis is part of Charis Grants Ltd. Let's Talk Charis has a range of schemes to help people with utility debt. Some of the schemes can help with:

  • household energy debt (utility debt)
  • energy efficient white goods (cookers, fridges or washing machines)
  • old or broken boilers
  • warm home discount

Let's Talk Charis works with a range of energy providers (utility companies). You can apply for their help with energy debt or white goods through the Let’s Talk Charis website.

Let’s Talk Charis also offers a warm home discount through certain energy providers. Warm home discount is a seasonal scheme. You can apply through the website or register your interest. If you're successful, you might be able to get a credit of £140 towards your electricity or gas bill.

The website also has a:

  • money manager tool to help you manage your finances
  • benefits checker to help you find out what benefits you might be able to get

Contact details

Phone: 01733 421 075

Email: info@charisgrants.com

Turn2us

Turn2us is a national charity that gives practical help to people who are struggling financially. The charity helps people to find financial support such as welfare benefits, charitable grants and other support so that they can get their life back on track.

They have information for people in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

The website has:

  • a benefits calculator
  • a search tool for finding funds that might be able to give you a grant or other types of help
  • a tool to look for a local adviser to help you with advice on personal benefits or grants issues
  • a helpline

Their own grants include:

  • Turn2us Response Fund - help for people who have experienced a life changing event in the past 12 months
  • Turn2us Elizabeth Finn Fund- grants for people who have a professional or similar occupational background or have a partner (or deceased partner) who has done so
  • The Edinburgh Trust - grants to people struggling financially and living in the City of Edinburgh

Turn2us can't:

  • give you immediate money or emergency funding
  • give you benefits advice or tell you what to do
  • give you emotional support
  • advocate on your behalf
  • change benefit decisions
  • give advice on appeals

Contact details

Phone: 0808 802 2000, 9am - 5pm Mondays to Fridays

Email: info@turn2us.org.uk

Other resources

For a more complete list of charities offering grants, ask for this book in your local library:

The Guide to Major Trusts 2019/20

Ian Pembridge and Scott Mason

16th edition

Published by the Directory of Social Change, September 2018

ISBN 978 1 78482 053 4

Last reviewed: 
30 Apr 2021
Next review due: 
11 Mar 2024

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