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Foundations is the national body for Home Improvement Agencies.

The Home Improvement Agencies help vulnerable people such as the elderly, disabled and those on low income to repair, improve or adapt their homes.

There are approximately 210 agencies around the UK and they are all not-for-profit companies.

Their services are not free after the initial consultation but they can advise you if you are eligible for any financial assistance or local grants.

To find your local Home Improvement Agency search here or telephone:

  • England 0845 8645210
  • Wales 029 20576 286
  • Scotland 0141 221 9879
  • Northern Ireland 02890 428314

Foundations also operates the Foundations Independent Living Trust (FILT) which runs the Health Through Warmth Fund.

This provides funding towards installation and heating work for individuals who are suffering from a housing related health issues from the cold and damp. This may include respiratory diseases, arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular disease, reduced mobility and mental illness.

Individuals over 60 years old may also be eligible for additional funding up to £500 for minor electrical work. They are able to offer this as FILT received an additonal contribtion to their Hardship Fund from the Elecrical Safety Council.

Applications for both funds are to be made by the Home Improvement Agencies. They will check an individual's eligibility and complete an application form on behalf of the client.


Severn Trent Trust Fund

The Trust are able to help individuals in need living in the Severn Trent Area with the cost of water/sewage charges.

It is only able to make grants to those suffering from hardship and are unable to pay their bills. They may also be able to provide financial assistance towards other essential bills, household needs or priority debts.

To apply: Download an application form. Proof of household income and a copy of your water bill with be required.


Sullivan's Heroes

Sullivan's Heroes offers fundraising support and financial assistance to families funding vital home adaptions for their disabled child.

It supports families where the costs of the project exceed the amount of Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) awarded.

The charity helps families by:

  • Awarding grants to help meet costs for building adaptation work
  • Providing a website platform to enable families to promote fundraising activities for their own adaptations. The family will receive 100% of the original donations (where Gift Aid is applicable) and no fees will be deducted.

Applications for the grants and the fundraising platform are usually made after DFG approval.  Though a fundraising platform may be set up prior to approval no funds will be released until DFG approval is confirmed.

Sullivan's Heroes gives priority to families within West Sussex, East Sussex and Surrey.  Though consideration is given to families outside of these areas when funds are available.


Thames Water Customer Assistance Fund

The Thames Water Customer Assistance Fund is able to help customers who are unable to pay their bills through financial hardship.

To apply: download the form from the website.

There is also a Thames Water Trust Fund to help pay for essential household items.


See also:

The George Crombie Trust (Scotland only)

The Hospital Saturday Fund (Home adaptations)

The Joshua Wilson Charity (home adaptations for families of children who have or have had a brain tumour)

United Utilities Trust (North West England only)

Water Costs  - under "Home" National Discounts an Concessions

Impey Cares (for free adaptations and equipment) - under "Health"

National Discounts and Concessions

Independence at Home

The Screwfix Foundation - Registered charities only

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