Macmillan Cancer Support – grants programme

This fund is only open to applications from intermediaries or support workers

A Macmillan grant is a one-off payment for adults, young people or children with cancer, to cover a wide range of practical needs. This can include things such as heating bills, extra clothing, to replace bedding, or a much needed convalescent break.

Every week over 600 people receive a grant from Macmillan Cancer Support.

Last updated on 11 February 2019

Who is eligible?

UK residents who have a cancer diagnosis, or are still affected by cancer, or its treatment.

Applicants must be on a low income and have less than £6,000 in savings (if a single person) or £8,000 in savings (if a couple or a family).

What we can't help with

  • food
  • general living costs
  • private medical treatment
  • funeral expenses
  • items that have already been paid for
  • items or services that can be obtained through statutory sources or through discretionary benefits.

How to apply?

Applications must be made by an intermediary, such as a Macmillan or community nurse, health or social worker, hospital social worker or a health professional from another welfare charity. Health and social care professionals can request forms by calling Macmillan. The patient will need to discuss their needs with the applicant, give their consent to the application being made and provide details of their income, outgoings and any other household members.

Other information

Guidelines for people living with cancer can be found on Macmillan's website

Fuller guidance for health and social care professionals can be found on the website as well.

Contact details

Macmillan Grants, Macmillan Cancer Support
89 Albert Embankment

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