The Fund for Human Need (FHN) is a small Methodist-affiliated charity established to relieve poverty and hunger. Emergency payments are made, irrespective of faith, ethnic origin or social group, to individuals in the UK, most of whom are refugees, asylum seekers or homeless, and to those in other kinds of personal distress.

The Fund makes about 60-100 one-off emergency relief payments each month to individuals, up to a maximum of £120. Priority is given to those who are destitute or have no income or benefits, to those who are particularly vulnerable, and to those where a small amount of money will make a major difference.

Applications for payments, in writing or by email, should set out the circumstances giving rise to the need for a payment, and include details of any income and benefits, what makes the person vulnerable, and how a major difference will be achieved by the receipt of a payment. If Possible applications should be made on behalf of an individual by local authority or voluntary organisations but please tell us to whom the cheque should be made payable, if you are successful. That person should be able to pay a cheque from us into their bank account.

Any asylum seeker who is receiving an asylum allowance MUST apply through a recognised organisation (such as a registered charity, church, community group, housing association or NHS trust) which is able to receive the payment and organise any purchases on behalf of the applicant, as if a direct payment is made to the asylum seeker the Government can deduct it from relief payments. It may also affect any claim they make / are making for asylum relief.

Payments are not made to cover debt, to pay scholarships, university or college fees, or to individuals living outside the UK, or for projects run by other charities, except for a small number of projects in other parts of the world from funds raised for those particular projects.


We aim to respond to applications within a month or less.

The meeting at which payments are allocated is normally held towards the end of each month, but where even a small delay will obviously cause additional distress we try to reply within a few days.  We reply to everyone who applies as soon as possible after each awards meeting, either by email or letter.