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, 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 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. Applications must 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.

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.

Please Note that the Officers only meet once a month to decide on the allocation of funds, so cannot respond immediately to peoples needs for funds. We reply to everyone who applies as soon as possible after that, either by email or letter.