If you’re a kidney patient struggling to make ends meet we can help you. We provide personal grants to help pay for:-
- Domestic costs
- Household items
- Travel expenses
- Higher education / training / qualifications
Who is eligible
Our personal grants are normally available to:-
- Dialysis patients and families on low income
- Transplant patients and those receiving conservative care, if health and quality of life is being seriously affected by your renal condition
However, these are not the only criteria. If your life has been affected by kidney disease it might still be worth applying.
What we can fund
Domestic costs: we can help with some domestic bills such as car insurance and tax, heating costs and rent. We may also help with the purchase of domestic goods like washing machines, beds and carpets.
Travel costs: we may be able to help with travel costs to your hospital if you have to travel a long way and have no support from
your unit. We don’t help with travel costs for ongoing dialysis.
Further education and training: we may be able to cover the cost of university or college fees, IT equipment for education and give support for courses enabling return to work.
Applying for a grant leaflet
If you're a social worker or member of a kidney care team applying on behalf of a patient please read our Applying for financial aid guide
How to apply
You’ll need to contact your kidney unit social worker or a member of the kidney care team, as all applications for financial aid should come to us on a grant form completed with their input.
However, if there’s no member of staff able to help, our advocacy officers can be contacted by calling the main Kidney Care UK telephone number: 01420 541424 or emailing [email protected].
Help with keeping your home warm
If you struggle to keep your home warm for whatever reason, there may be help out there for you. Many of the commonly used utility companies in the UK have their own Charitable Trusts and most suppliers are part of the Warm Home Discount Scheme.
Find out more on our keeping your home warm page.