Friends of the Elderly (FOTE)

Coronavirus update - Friends of the Elderly

Thank you for your interest in applying for a grant from Friends of the Elderly. We are continuing to make more grants then ever to those vulnerable older people who are most in need. We are prioritising requests for essential items and have modified our processes to ensure we can still make grants even though referral agents may not be able to meet their clients face to face due to the current Covid-19 pandemic lockdown measures.

What Friends of the Elderly does

Friends of the Elderly provides grants to older people over State Pension age (now around 66 for both women and men), living in England or Wales, who have a low income and savings of less than £4,000.

Our average grant is £300 and we rarely give more than this. All applications need to come through a referring agent.

We help with home essentials such as white goods, digital connection and can give financial support with unexpected bills.


Last updated on 19 January 2021

Who is eligible?

The application must be for a resident of England or Wales, who:

*Applications will be considered for people on low incomes who are not in receipt of Guaranteed Pension Credit or Universal Credit. Please call us on 0330 332 1110 for guidance before submitting your application.

What we don't give grants for

We don't give grants for pledges, respite, goods that have already been purchased, rent and service charges 

We do not give grants to people who have served in the Armed Forces or who live in a residential care home.

How to apply?

See the Friends of the Elderly website section on grants for information on how to apply.

Applications on behalf of individuals are made by referring organisations working in local communities, such as Home Improvement Agencies, Tenancy Support Workers, Social Services, Citizens Advice or Age UK.  The role of the referring organisation is to assist the application process, verifying the applicant’s circumstances and supporting the applicant with purchasing the item or service they need.

We take about six weeks on average to process grant applications and we reply to all applicants, whether or not we can help them.

Other information

The charity also offers other types of support in England:

  • A befriending programme for people aged 60 and over who live in Woking
  • Care homes, day care and home care services across England

Visit the Friends of the Elderly website for more information.

Contact details

40–42 Ebury Street

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