Restricted Service July – December 2023

Crisis only grants

Please read all the information on the Home page before deciding whether to apply.

How to Apply

You can apply for yourself, a relative or a friend. You do not need a doctor, social worker or other organisation to refer you, but you can ask another person to help you with your application if you wish.

As a reminder, you, or the person you are applying for, needs to meet our 3 basic eligibility criteria:

Aged 60 or over

The Trust cannot help anyone below the age of 60. We cannot make any exceptions. We may ask for proof of age.

Living in St Albans District

If you pay Council Tax to St Albans District Council you live in the District.

In need, hardship or distress

The Trust helps people who are on a low income, or are suffering financial hardship because of a one-off event, such as a bereavement. As a rough guide, we generally consider a low income to be less than £300 a week for a single person and less than £450 a week for a couple. We take into account income from pensions, benefits, (including Universal Credit, Attendance Allowance, PIP) wages and other sources. We also need to know about your savings. If other people live with you, e.g. adult-age children, we will ask about their income too and their ability to contribute to buying what you need. We also take into account your monthly outgoings, in particular housing and care costs.

Choose the way to contact us which suits you best.

The most efficient way is to download the application form, fill it in, then upload the competed form and email it back to us. We will expect referral agencies to complete the client’s application form, wherever possible.

Download an Application

Download a Word document Grant application form. After downloading, fill in the form and email it to us at Alternatively, print and complete it, then post to us at the address on our contact page.

Apply now

Please tick the boxes to confirm you are eligible to apply, then fill in the form below to start the application process. We’ll get back to you to gather more details about your application.

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Need help?

Phone us on: 07541 653442 or 01727 260701.
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Application Process

Stages and Timings



Fill in an application form, with as much detail as possible.



When we receive your form we may contact you to ask for further information or copies of documents such as bank statements or proof of age. We sometimes have to make home visits to make an assessment. This will always be done by two people who are DBS checked. We may sometimes need to bring a tradesperson with us, depending on the job that you have requested.


Trustee Review

Your application is then presented to the Trustees for consideration.



If the Trustees have no questions, we will contact you to let you know what they have decided and the next steps. 


Service/Item Delivery

The supplier will contact you directly to arrange a delivery date for your item, or a start date for your service.

Senior Couple

If you are 60+, resident in the St Albans District and not easily able to afford items or services please contact us.

07541 659442