Urgent Assistance Fund

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Overview

Aberlour’s Urgent Assistance Fund can provide cash grants to help families with children (aged 21 and under) who are suffering extreme hardship, including the impact of the Coronavirus.

Applications must be endorsed and submitted by a sponsor, acting in their professional capacity. Examples of eligible sponsors include social workers, health care professionals, teachers, clergy, and third sector organisations.  Applications from individuals cannot be accepted.

This support is usually via cash grants to assist with a range of needs, such as food, utilities, clothing, bedding, appliance repairs, replacement of appliances that have failed, or other essentials. We can also help in situations where emergency furniture is required – for example, for a family whose home has been damaged due to flooding, or for a parent who has fled domestic violence, leaving everything behind.

Exclusions – please be aware when making your application that we do not make awards for carpets, floor coverings or electronic devices.

Please note, available funds are limited and all applications will be evaluated against evidence of a family’s financial status.

To qualify for cash grants from the Trust:

  • There must be a child in the family who is 21 or under.
  • That child must be suffering extreme hardship.
  • Grants are made at the discretion of the Trust.
  • A sponsor must submit a fully completed application via our web application form link below. If applications are incomplete, they may be rejected.

We will process applications as quickly as possible but there are currently high levels of demand so your patience is appreciated.

The Scottish Child Payment will open for applications on Monday 9 November. If you have a child who will be under six on 15 February 2021 and you get certain benefits or tax credits, you could be due £40 every four weeks per child once Scottish Child Payment starts. For more information and to apply please click here.

To apply for a grant, please complete the online application form at https://auaf.aberlour.org.uk.

Please note that as of 1 April 2021 we can only accept applications that are submitted via our web application form link above.  We are no longer able to accept emailed applications.

If you have any enquiries about the fund or difficulties with the new application form, please email us at urgentassistance@aberlour.org.uk.  We will respond as quickly as we can.