A Macmillan grant is a one-off payment for adults, young people or children with cancer, to cover a wide range of practical needs.
This can include things such as heating bills, extra clothing, or a much needed break. Every week over 600 people receive a grant from Macmillan Cancer Support.
Who are they for?
You can apply for a Macmillan grant if you have cancer or are still affected by your illness or treatment and:
- your savings amount to no more than £6,000 if you are single, or £8,000 as a couple or family
- your household disposable income (this means the total amount left once you have paid your mortgage, rent or council tax) is under:
- £170 a week for a single person
- £289 per couple
- £85 for each child
- £119 for each additional adult (only if their income is relevant to the request)
NB: Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance do not count as disposable income.
These are the general conditions, but we take account of individual circumstances.
Since the amount of money available for grants is limited we will usually only be able to offer this kind of support once. Award amounts will vary depending on circumstances and needs but the average grant amount will be £250.
What can the grants provide?
Some of the typical expenses Macmillan grants help with are fares to and from hospital for treatment, heating bills, washing machines and other household items to help make life easier. We also give grants for items that help individuals with cancer continue with activities they enjoy. For example, we gave a grant to a man with cancer of the larynx to help pay for a special swimming device, so that he could still enjoy swimming after his operation.
Call St Barnabas Hospice Welfare team on 01476 513544 if you would like assistance in making an application for a Macmillan Grant