The Carnegie Hero Fund Trust

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

The trust was established in 1908 by Andrew Carnegie, a Scottish-American industrialist and philantropist, who made a great fortune from steel.

The continuing aim of the Carnegie Hero Fund Trust UK is to recognise civilian heroism and give financial assistance, where necessary, to people who have been injured or to the dependants of people who have been killed in attempting to save another human life in peaceful pursuits. Its geographical area is Great Britain, Ireland, the Channel Islands and the surrounding territorial waters.

Each year the Trust considers around 12 cases for support.

Last updated on 11 March 2018

Who is eligible?

The purpose of the Carnegie Hero Fund UK is to recognise acts of civilian heroism and give financial assistance and support, if necessary, to:

  • the dependants of persons who have died,

  • persons who have been injured, and who have incurred appreciable financial loss through performing acts of heroism in peaceful pursuits.

The act of heroism must have occurred in Great Britain, Ireland, the Channel Islands, or in the surrounding territorial waters.

The heroic act must have been voluntary and have involved risk to the rescuer’s life. In some occupations the ordinary discharge of duty involves risks, and such risks cannot in general be regarded as voluntary; but once the ordinary requirements of duty have been exceeded a case is eligible for consideration.

The Trustees are prepared to consider cases in which death, injury, or appreciable financial loss is sustained where the nature of the rescue effort outweighs any burden of responsibility.

Please note: Heroic acts performed in the saving of property are not recognised as falling within the scope of the Trust, which extends only to the saving or attempted saving of human life.

How to apply?

Contact the charity for more information about applying.

Presentation of a potential case for consideration by the Trustees should be accompanied by a report/statement from a member of the emergency services confirming that the rescue/attempted rescue involved risk to the rescuer’s life. Recognition of a case is at the sole discretion of the Trustees.

Each reported case of heroism is judged on its individual merit in accordance with these General Principles. On recognising a case as falling within their scope, the Trustees will make such financial provision as they may think necessary; they will award a Certificate and the name of the hero or heroine will be inscribed in the Trust’s Roll of Honour.  The Trustees will maintain a continuing interest in the welfare of the person recognised and/or their family.

Contact details

Andrew Carnegie House
Pittencrief Street
Fife, Scotland
KY12 8AW
Telephone: 01383 723638