Prisoners of Conscience Appeal Fund

Grants for prisoners of conscience and/or their families, who have suffered persecution for their beliefs. The fact that the person is seeking asylum or has been a victim of civil war would not be enough to make them eligible, they would also have to be prisoners of conscience. Grants are given for essential items and educational purposes, such as:

  • Basic essentials such as food, clothing, toiletries and travel costs.
  • Basic furniture.
  • Counselling/Therapy sessions.
  • Medical needs.
  • Some vocational conversion courses such as PLAB and IELTS.
  • We do not help with under-graduate university fees, but can help with travel fares, books etc.
  • The fund sometimes awards bursaries to help with re-qualification costs and post-graduate fees

Last updated on 16 July 2019

Who is eligible?

Prisoners of conscience and/or their families, who have suffered persecution for their beliefs. The fact that the person is seeking asylum or has been a victim of civil war is not sufficient grounds in itself.

What we can't help with

  • Anyone who has advocated violence or supported a violent organisation or have willingly served in the armed forces
  • Undergraduate university fees
  • Items or services that have already been paid for
  • Someone with refugee status who has been in the UK for more than three years, except for exceptional circumstances

How to apply?

Individuals should not apply directly. A recognised/approved agency should make the application on behalf of the individual or family. Read more on the Prisoners of Conscience website

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