Relief in Need Charity

Guidance Notes

The Stratford upon Avon Relief in Need Charity exists primarily to provide financial assistance to needy individuals and families living within the town boundary of Stratford upon Avon. As is the case with many other grant-making organisations, the funds available for distribution are limited. With an increasing number of applications being received, the Trustees award grants for a specific need only.  

Applications are subject to income and savings assessment and will be considered for a variety of reasons including help towards paying for essential items of furniture and household equipment (e.g. bed, support chair, cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine), mobility aids and household bills. Documentary evidence in support of financial information (income and savings) will be requested.

Grants for essential items like heating
Grants for essential items like beds
Grants for essential items like washing machines
Grants for essential items like cookers
Grants for essential items like fridges

Grants for essential items of furniture and household equipment, e.g. bed, support chair, cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine

Grants for essential items of clothing like shoes
Grants for essential items of clothing like coats
Grants for essential items of clothing like socks
Grants for essential items of clothing like jumpers
Grants for essential items of clothing like dresses

Grants for essential items of clothing and footwear

Grants are not approved for the repayment of debts, rent or council tax arrears, nor are rental deposits provided. Grants are not generally considered unless all statutory benefits are being claimed, e.g. housing benefit, council tax relief, pension credits, winter fuel allowance, etc.

When applying for financial assistance in connection with a specific health condition, applicants will be asked to include, where possible, a letter from one of the following (GP, Occupational Therapist, Nurse for Older People, Warwickshire County Council Adult Health & Community Services, Support Worker, etc.) in support of the application.

Applicants should live within the town boundary of Stratford upon Avon.

If you think our organisation could help you in your ‘hour of need’, please contact our Grants Administrator, Doug Evans, to ask for an application form – phone 01789 293749 or email grants@municharities.org.uk. If you have a query or experience any difficulty in completing the form, Doug will be pleased to assist you.

All applications for grants and other financial assistance receive sympathetic consideration at regular intervals by the Trustees.
Please be assured that each application is treated in the strictest confidence, in line with GDPR legislation and the Data Protection Policy of the Municipal Charities of Stratford upon Avon.