The Fund for Human Need (FHN) is a small Methodist-affiliated grant making charity established to relieve poverty and hunger. Grants 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 25 one-off grants each month to individuals, usually 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 grant will make a major difference.

Applications for grants, in writing or online, should set out the circumstances giving rise to the need for a grant, 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 grant. Application may 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.

Grants 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.

Please Note that the Grant Officers only meet once a month to decide on the allocation of funds, so cannot respond immediately to peoples needs for funds. If you haven’t heard within 6 weeks, then unfortunately your grant has not been successful, and we apologise that we cannot reply to everyone who applies.