Frequently asked questions


What is GrantsforIndividuals?

GrantsforIndividuals contains information on trusts that make charitable donations to individuals for welfare and educational purposes.

Awards include £10 food vouchers made at Christmas to larger contributions such as grants for domestic items for domestic items like washing machines, wheelchairs and house adaptations; although few will cover the whole cost of these.


What are the criteria for inclusion?

Trusts are included which give at least £500 a year in total, although most give considerably more than this.

In the case of the educational trusts, those are included which give grants: for up to and including first degree level; based on need rather than merely academic performance; and to students of more than one school or college.

We do not include:

  • grants solely for postgraduate study
  • grants based on academic performance, rather than need
  • awards or scholarships for academic excellence, except where these appear to be particularly relevant to people in need.

In the case of welfare trusts grants range from £10 food vouchers made at Christmas to larger contributions such as grants for domestic items for domestic items like washing machines, wheelchairs and house adaptations; although few will cover the whole cost of these. This kind of help does not overcome long-term financial problems, but it can be extremely valuable in helping to meet immediate needs which the state does not cover.

With a few exceptions we do not include:

  • organisations which give grants to members only and not to dependants
  • individual employer or company welfare funds
  • Friendly Societies
  • local branches of national charities, although they may raise money locally for cases of need
  • organisations only providing services (such as home visiting) rather than cash (or in kind) grants.


Is it relevant for individuals outside the UK?

Yes, although there are very few trusts which do this.


How many trusts are on the site?

At its launch date there were over 3,500 trusts detailed on the site, although details of new trusts are always coming to our attention.


How much do trusts give to individuals in total?

Collectively the trusts on this website have £362 million available each year.


Does DSC sell books about grants to individuals?

Prior to the launch of this website, the content has featured in A Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need and its sister publication The Educational Grants Directory. First published in 1987 and 1988 respectively, they have for many years been seen as the standard reference guide on charitable funds for individuals in need. They have been very popular with Citizens Advice, school/university welfare offices, other welfare organisations, libraries and other reference points.


How can I save my search?

After an initial search, results are displayed on a matrix. This page can be saved by clicking on 'save search' at the bottom of the screen. You will now be prompted to save this search under a name of your choice.


How can I access my saved search?

Your saved search can be accessed by clicking on the 'profile' link at the top of the screen and then clicking on 'saved searches'. Each saved search can be opened by clicking on its saved name which appears on the screen in blue. Alternatively, each search can be renamed or deleted.


How can I save individual trusts?

Individual trusts can be saved by selecting the trust required and clicking on 'save' in the top right hand corner of the screen. This trust will be saved under its own name.


How can I access saved individual trusts?

Saved trusts can be accessed by clicking on the profile link and then by clicking on saved trusts. Each trust can be opened by simply clicking on its name. Trusts can also be downloaded by ticking the box to the left of the trust, then selecting 'download trust information' which is located at the bottom of the page. Now you will need to reselect the trust by re-ticking the box then clicking on the link at the top of the list which is in a pale blue box and reads 'click here to view or save your download file'.


Is it possible to view my search results in a clearer format?

Yes. Once a search has been conducted and the results are displayed on the matrix, there is a link above the results which reads 'click here to view all trusts' and will display all the results of your search in alphabetical order.


Can I change my username to something other than my email address?

No. Email addresses must be used in order to ensure that we have accurate and up to date information. This means we can successfully contact our subscribers to inform them about updated information and remind them to renew their subscription when appropriate. It also provides better security and enables customers to update their information should a new subscriber take over a subscription from an older subscriber.


I can’t log in – what do I do?

The vast majority of logging in problems are caused by typing errors. Please carefully retype your email address and password.

If you do not have your password, please enter your email address and then click the ‘Lost password?’ button (this can be found on the Home Page of each site). You will automatically be sent your password. Time span less then 2 minute wait.

If your organisation holds a multi-user license please contact the main account holder in your office for your log in details.


I am already subscribed but whenever I look for funding it takes me to re-subscribe page

Just a slight change to your computer settings or accidently logging out requires you to log back in.


I want to re-subcribe but I keep getting a message saying ‘user already exists’ with this email address

Log in to the site as normal and go into Profile tab (on the toolbar). In the Basic details tab, click the red Renew button. For governmentfunding.org.uk the Renew button is found at the bottom of the Basic details page.

To re-subcribe to a multi-user account, you must be the account holder. First log in to the multi-user acount section. Then click on the red Renew button.

You can also ask customer services to take the order over the phone.

08450 77 77 07


I want to change my contact details

You can change your contact details yourself via the site. Simply log in to the site and select Profile (on the toolbar). When you change your email address this will become your new username. You will need to use the new email address next time you log in. After you have finished, click Save Changes.


I need to change the multi-user account administrator OR add OR delete users.

Please contact the main account holder in your office for your login details. If you have the account name and password go to the relevant website and click Multi-User Account Maintenance section to add/remove users (located just below user login).

If the multi-user account administrator has left the organisation without giving login details please contact subscriptions@dsc.org.uk


I am not getting any updates...

Have you ticked the box beside ‘Tick the checkbox if you would like to receive news and updates from the DSC.’ located in Profile (on the toolbar) > Basic Details.  

When searching for trusts/companies, make sure you select ‘Save Search’. You will then be emailed about any changes or updates on these trusts/companies.

For governmentfunding.org.uk ensure you have selected all areas and focuses relevant to your organisation in your profile. You will then receive updates when other relevant funding opportunities are added/updated.


I want to subscribe to a sister site

If you subscribe to Trustfunding, Companygiving, Grantsforindividuals or Governmentfunding you should first log in. There is the option to subscribe to other sites, using your existing details on the Home Page.

For all other enquires please email Customer Services at: cs@dsc.org.uk or call 08450 77 77 07.