The Carnegie Hero Fund Trust

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

The Carnegie Hero Fund Trust UK helps people who have shown civilian heroism.

The Trust gives grants 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. 

Each year the Trust considers around 12 cases for support.

Last updated on 16 July 2019

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 heroic act needs to:

  • have been to save, or attempt to save, a human life. Only saving property won't be considered.
  • have done the heroic act in either Great Britain, Ireland, the Channel Islands, or in the surrounding territorial waters.
  • have been voluntary and have involved risk to the rescuers' life

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.

How to apply?

Contact the charity for more information about applying.

Please include a report or statement from a member of the emergency services confirming that the rescue/attempted rescue involved risk to the rescuer’s life. 

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.

Grants are awarded at the sole discretion of the Trustees.

Contact details

Andrew Carnegie House
Pittencrief Street
Fife, Scotland
KY12 8AW

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