Grants For Older People

Friends of the Elderly provides grants to older people living on low incomes.

Grants – essential information

If you want to find out more about our grants process, check through frequently asked questions, and how to find a referral agent if you don’t already have one, this is the where to get started.

We are currently open for both online and emailed applications.

Applications MUST be made by a professional on behalf of an older person in need. We do not accept applications from individual members of the public.

If you are an older person needing help, please see below for Information for Older People needing a grant and help with Finding A Referral Agent.

Due to the high volume of applications received, any applications missing information may be rejected.

Please ensure you include everything we ask for before you submit an application.

We deal with applications in date order. We aim to process your application within 4 weeks, however, you will receive a personalised email acknowledgement within 3 working days. Please contact us if you have applied and not had an acknowledgement.

Who are our grants for?

Friends of the Elderly provides small grants (normally up to £400) to older people who meet all of the following criteria::

  • Resident in England and Wales
  • Of/over state pension age
  • Who are living on low incomes and with little savings
  • Who do not fit the criteria for other funders

How can you apply?

A Referral Agent/Professional must make a grant application on an older person’s behalf, we do not accept applications from individual members of the public.

1. Referral Agents can register and apply online here: GRANTS APPLICATION LOGIN BUTTON
This is the quickest way, but is not recommended if you have an unstable internet connection.

2. Referral Agents can contact us at with the subject heading APPLICATION FORM REQUEST and we will email you an application form.


More information, including who can be a Referral Agent can be found here:


Senior woman adjusting her thermostat

Priority for Essential Items

We are prioritising requests for essential items and have modified our processes to ensure we can still make grants even though older people might not be able to meet with their Referral Agent face to face due to the current Covid-19 Pandemic and social distancing measures.

If you need to speak to us prior to applying please email our team at for the quickest response.

If necessary, you can leave us a message on 0330 332 1110 and a member of the team will you call back within 5 working days.

The grant has made such a difference – it means I don’t have to choose between keeping warm and eating.

Mary, 78, client