How to Apply for a Grant - Individuals

Individual Grants – please note we do not accept applications from individuals directly.  All applications should be referred by front-line advice and social care agencies.

Who is eligible for an individual grant:

Our grants aim to help people change their lives for the better, enabling those in need of financial support to cope when things get tough, manage better day-to-day and build a stronger future. We support families, individuals and couples.

We only accept applications through a support worker, not directly from a service-user (e.g., housing officer, probation officer, voluntary sector organisation, whoever is working closely with the service-user and can provide the relevant supporting information including income and expenditure etc.).

Exclusions – What we do not help with:

  • Laptops, iPads, computers, tablets
  • Holidays
  • Cash grants
  • Retrospective grants
  • Driving lessons
  • Counselling
  • Music lessons
  • Costs relating to pets
  • Moving costs if moving out of Suffolk

This list is not exhaustive.

Items routinely considered:

  • Beds, mattresses, and bedding
  • Clothing
  • Cookers
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Washing Machine
  • Furniture
  • Food and utilities
  • Carpets
  • Most other items will be considered.

Items considered with exceptional circumstances:

  • Washer-dryers, tumble dryers (where there is a specific health or disability need or where there is currently insufficient facility/space to dry clothing)

Who is eligible as a support worker:

The organisation must be either a statutory organisation, charity, social enterprise, co-operative, community benefit society, or school providing advice, advocacy services, training, and associated support.  We cannot fund through a business.  The organisation needs to operate in England and have a UK Bank account with at least 2 independent, unconnected, authorised signatories living at different addresses.  Grants cannot be paid directly to a service user; the organisation must be able to administer the grant payment on behalf of The Rope Trust.

Priority areas

The areas within the red borders on the map constitute our priority geographical area. Anyone living in or moving into East Suffolk, Ipswich or Babergh and Mid Suffolk areas can be considered.

As such, we are unable to consider applications for individuals living outside those areas. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01473 333288.

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List of Priority Postcodes PDF Version
2024 – Priority Post Code Areas

Registering for an application

All support workers need to register under their organisation’s name and by doing so agree to provide the relevant information and support The Rope Trust in the assessment of the grantee’s eligibility.

You only need to register once, if you have lost your link, please email and you will be resent the link.  Once you have received the link please save and re-use.

To register please click on the link below:

Individual Grants

If you would like to make an application on behalf of one of your service-users, please register below:

If your registration is accepted you will receive an email with a link to our full application form.  Please keep this link for all future applications.

Please note you only need to register once.

When you need help you need it now – we pride ourselves on a quick response to your application