What is an assistance grant?
Assistance grants are available for a range of purposes to help in times of crisis and to enable officers and their families to keep their independence and improve their wellbeing. The grants can, for example, help with the costs of specialist equipment or adaptations related to an injury on duty, or help meet unexpected costs that arise in times of crisis.
In order to apply for a grant, you must be registered with the Trust. This will involve submitting details relating to your situation and the injury on duty, all of which will need to be verified before an assistance grant application can be made. You only need to register once, and any future grant applications will be much quicker to process.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Trust exists for the purpose of aiding officers who have been killed or injured on duty. By ‘injured on duty’ we mean an incapacitation injury or illness arising from the hazards or special nature of police work.
Once we know an officer and/or their dependants meet the Trust’s criteria, support is considered on the basis of need.
Please note the Trust does rely on donations from the police family and the wider public to fund its work and so all donations are gratefully received.
Anyone seeking financial support from the Trust must first be registered.
To do so, either fill out the form at the bottom of the page, or you can contact us to request a copy of the relevant form by calling 020 8941 6907.
We strongly advise that any officer who suffers an injury on duty registers with the Trust immediately regardless of whether they need support at that time. The reason for this is that should an injured officer need support in the future, their prior registration will help to speed up their application for a grant. Often when an officer or their dependants need support, their need is urgent and there have been recent cases where early registration has reduced the time it has taken to process a subsequent grant application.
It is possible to apply for more than one grant at a time. It is also possible to apply for different grants over a longer period of time, provided the needs of the applicant can be demonstrated.
Any additional information which will help the Trustees to reach a decision on an application is welcomed. It is also important to note that withholding information requested by the Trust may result in an application being declined.
Completed application forms are received at the Trust office where they are checked (to ensure they have been completed fully) and logged on our system. The applications are then put forward for consideration by our grants panel. These meetings normally take place every month. The Trustees consider each application on a needs basis.
Applications from people who are already registered are received, processed and concluded within 28 days. Where a registration is taking place at the same time, this may be longer depending on the case.
Exceptions where an application is deemed an emergency will be dealt with as swiftly as possible.
All of our grants are issued in the form of a cheque or BACS payment to a verified account.
Applicants can re-apply for support at any time, but you should demonstrate a greater need for support or a change in circumstances to avoid being turned down again.
Yes. Grants are not restricted to those individuals who are living in the UK.