In this section you will find answers to the following questions:

  • What is a Community Care Grant?
  • Who can claim?

What is a Community Care Grant?

Community Care Grants are open to anyone on Pension Credit and if you are awarded one it does not have to be repaid.

It is a grant that is designed to keep you in your home instead of moving to a care home and can be spent on large items that would improve your quality of life should you stay at home.

Who can claim?

To qualify for a Community Care Grant you must meet one of the following requirements:

  • The grant will be spent on an item that will prevent you from going into a care home – such as on heating or a cooker if your old one breaks
  • The grant would let you set up home following a stay in hospital or a care home by allowing you to buy some furniture
  • You need to support a prisoner on home leave
  • You need money for travel expenses (such as going to a funeral, going to visit someone who is ill, to relocate due to poor accommodation or if you are facing a domestic crisis)
  • You are caring for someone who is seriously ill or severely disabled
  • You have suffered a bereavement
  • You have had to move due to poor standards of accommodation