Assistance Grant

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.

No.

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.

Yes.

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.

Recent case studies

Rachel’s new career following injury on duty

I was beaten down, I was massively depressed and I couldn’t talk without crying all the time. Thankfully, I don’t have those thoughts now, and it’s because of the support and funding that the Police Dependants’ Trust has provided and I’ll be forever grateful.

Remembering PC Richard Gunn

I try to remember Richard’s voice, his laughter and his amazing wit. He was a wonderful son of whom I’ll always be extremely proud

How the Trust helped The Hickman Family

After his accident, my dad had to switch motorbikes for mobility scooters, and though this slowed down his pace of life, he didn’t let it to affect his spirit.

How volunteering changes lives

I was someone who was reluctant to ask for help. I thought my situation wasn’t bad enough or that I shouldn’t get it. All things are possible if you ask for it.

Injured traffic officer Peter Burnsall

When you loved being a police officer like I did, being forced to leave the job is like having your legs chopped from underneath you. In 1989 I was retired because of ill health and at 41 it felt like I was thrown on the scrap heap.

Injured Police officer Gerry Gee

I’d always wanted to join the police force, right from being a small child.

Former officer saved from the streets

A retired police officer from Scotland has thanked the PDT for saving him from homelessness.

Injured Police officer Lewis Pluck

My  life changed in an instant when my car hit black ice and skidded off the road. My wife and baby daughter were fast asleep at home blissfully unaware that I was trapped in the car with a broken neck and had just been paralysed below the chest. Everything slowed down. It happened in a […]

Rita Bhogal’s story

Alongside the many injured officers who seek support from the Police Dependants’ Trust are those families who are trying to come to terms with the death of a loved one. Perviz Ahmed, who was known as Paj to his family and friends, was travelling home after his shift when he was involved in a collision. […]

Andy Hussey’s story

To his family Andy Hussey is undoubtedly one in a million. Having survived a broken neck he is also, in medical terms at least, one in three hundred thousand. Andy was on a routine nightshift when he and a colleague were called to reports of a man trying to commit suicide in the harbour. Another [...]

Elizabeth Beech’s story

Some incidents on duty leave police officers with physical scars. Other officers, like Elizabeth Beech’s former husband Robert, are left with mental scars which can be just as debilitating. Elizabeth Beech recalls how Robert, the father of her three children, had loved his job as a police officer. During his service he had spent time […]

Dave Powell’s story

Just a few years into what he hoped would be a long career in the police service, Dave Powell was facing up to the reality of spending life in a wheelchair. A police car Dave was a passenger in was travelling at about 70mph when it lost a wheel. The car left the road, clearing […]

Brian’s story

Brian suffered serious back injuries after being assaulted by a gang of youths. The mobility problems caused by his injuries were such that his police career was cut short.

Register with the Trust

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