The Altrusa Careers Trust helps women in the UK and Eire who would like to further their career prospects or to retrain after bringing up a family.
It provides financial support to help pay for qualifications to secure employment with a sufficient income. Successful applicants usually receive a grant of £500.
Applications should be made by 31st March and grants are paid once a year in July after references and paperwork has been completed.
The Eaton Trust provides financial assistance for women in need due to unforseen circumstances or unexpected events.
Previous grants have helped towards setting up home after a family breakdown and contributions to wheelchairs.
To apply for support download an application form and send with a supporting letter from an appropriate professional to The Eaton Fund, PO Box 172, Lewes, BN7 9FF.
The Frederick Andrew Convalescent Trust provides financial assistance to women during periods of convalescence.
It is able to offer grants up to £1,000 for convalescence and domestic help and up to £600 for therapy including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapist, chiropodists/podiatrists and counselling.
It is open to all women of all ages, background and medical conditions that have been in paid employment for some time.
To apply: complete an initial assessment form.
The Girls of the Realm Guild
The Guild provides assistance to women over 21 years (16 years for those training in music and dancing) towards educational and vocational training.
Applicants must be UK citizens. Awards are usually in the region of £250.
To apply: write to Mrs Beth Hayward, 2 Watch Oak, Blackham, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 9TP
As with all grant applications do not expect an immediate response as this is a small charity with limited funds.
Margaret's Fund awards grant assistance to poor women in the UK who are ill.
Caring professionals such as doctors, nurses, charity workers or social workers will need to apply on behalf of the women in their care.
Grants are made for:
Applications should be made by the professional through the "Apply for Funds" page on the website.
The Trust helps women over the age of 50 in financial hardship, sickness or poor health.
Funding will be provided for items such as household appliances, medical and health aids, utility bills and hospital transport. Grants usually range between £200 to £1,500.
To apply download an application form and guidance notes from their website. Financial information and documentary evidence will be required.
The Society helps women who are resident in the UK and living alone in financial need.
They are able to help with regular monthly payments, paying for TV licences, and telephone rental. It can also assist in other funding and by making a contribution towards expensive items with another charity.
The Society is able to consider women in receipt of Pension Credit or some other means-tested benefit. The applicant must also have less than £8,000 in savings and not receiving help from another charity.
To find out more telephone: 0800 587 4696 Monday to Friday 9am-1pm and 2pm-4.30pm or complete the on-line Enquiry Form.
The Matthew Trust (for mental health difficulties)
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