ExcludedUK Boost! Grant

The ExcludedUK Boost! Grant is a one-off grant available to ExcludedUK Facebook members of 30 days or more who are experiencing extreme hardship having been entirely or largely excluded from government support during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Check out the criteria below to see if you are eligible.

The Boost! Grant only exists because of the generous donations from our members and supporters. If you feel you are able to donate then we would be so grateful, as would our members be who will benefit greatly from your generosity.

 

 

 

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for the Boost! Grant, you must fulfil the following criteria:

  1. You must have been entirely or largely excluded from government support during the Covid-19 pandemic. 
  2. Provide proof of your current financial situation. 
  3. You need to have been an Excluded UK Facebook member for 30 days or more prior to the date of your application. 
  4. You must be without any form of accessible savings.
  5. You must have been a UK resident and a UK taxpayer since March 2019
  6. You will need to provide details of how the grant would be spent (if successful).

These grants are to assist people with an urgent and immediate need for discretionary (one-off or very short-term) financial support. 

Accessible savings do not include the following: 

  • Funds set aside to cover tax or NI liabilities for the previous tax year or for work already completed and paid in the current tax year
  • Funds in officially designated pension schemes
  • Funds in junior ISAs for dependent children 
  • Funds in a Lifetime ISA

We are unable to award grants to applicants who do not meet these criteria, and it is therefore essential that you check these before applying. If we are unable to help, we will try our best to suggest alternative options.  

 

How do I apply?

Please download the form from the button below and submit to boost@excludeduk.org.

You will receive an automated email to confirm your application has been received. We will process your application and contact you for any further information we may require before it is submitted for consideration. A panel will meet once a month to assess applications.

If you have any questions about your application, please contact us via email at Boost@excludeduk.org

 

What can I apply for?

Boost! Grants will be awarded for amounts up to £500.

They may be higher in exceptional circumstances. You will usually only be able to apply for one grant within each 6-month period.

Grants are intended to cover costs that are preventing you, or your business from getting back on track. In certain circumstances, we can support you with other urgent and immediate needs including some medical costs, essential white goods, property repairs and unexpected childcare costs. These items will be considered on a case-by-case basis depending on the applicant’s individual needs and circumstances. We cannot pay retrospectively for costs incurred. You can apply for the same issue as in a previous period, but eligibility will be further assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Grants for certain costs (e.g., debts) can only be issued once.

If you have been awarded a payment, we will normally provide a voucher. Depending on the type of assistance required, we may make a BACS transfer into your bank account (this cannot be paid into a third-party account).
Normally, an award will only be made for one form of support or item. In some circumstances, awards may be made for multiple forms of support or items, but the total value cannot exceed £500 unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Items we are unable to fund

We are unable to provide grants to cover the following costs:

1. Repayments to family or friends
2. Vet Bills
3. Costs relating to County Court Judgements
4. Business debts including accountant fees and tax debt
5. Storage costs
6. Course fees or student related living expense

What if I need more support than this? 

If you are in a more complex situation and the above grants are unlikely to meet or resolve your needs, we may still be able to help. We have a small team of Member Welfare Officers who can work closely with you, helping you to think through your options and get back on track. Please get in contact for more information.