The Tobacco Pipe Makers and Tobacco Trade Benevolent Fund

The Tobacco Pipe Makers and Tobacco Trade Benevolent Fund Charity (TTBF) can offer a helping hand to anyone who has worked in the tobacco trade in any capacity - for example: in a factory, for a wholesaler, as a sales rep, or in a tobacconist or confectionery, tobacco and news shop (CTN) - or their dependants. All applications are considered on the basis of need - and the length of service in the tobacco trade.

Depending on the applicant's circumstances, the TTBF offers:

  • Regular relief
  • Annual maintenance grant
  • Help towards cookers, washing machines, fridges, mobility equipment, funeral fees and house repairs.

Last updated on 21 August 2019

Who is eligible?

To qualify for help, an applicant or their partner, must have worked in the tobacco trade for a substantial period and show that they are in financial need.  This includes people who have worked in the retail, distribution or manufacturing of tobacco for a minimum period and meet certain financial criteria (depending on the nature of the assistance required).

Both full-time and part-time workers and partners are eligible.

Both partners can be beneficiaries if they satisfy the criteria.

Benefits can transfer to spouses and long term partners on the death of the beneficiary.

No more than £12,000 (in some cases less) in savings/capital. (Does not include property).

Each case is assessed on its individual merits.

How to apply?

How to apply

Applications can be made directly by the individual in need or a family member.

You can download the application form on the Tobacco Charity's website and post it back to the charity.

You can also contact the Tobacco Charity's office on: or by phoning 020 8663 3050.

Documents required

Application form. Later a letter of authorisation must be signed.

How grants are given

Regular relief and maintenance grants are given directly to the person requiring the grant.

When an item is required, this is either purchased by the charity or the individual needing the grant (with the charity then repaying the cost).

Grants process

Grant applications are looked at four quarterly meetings in January, April, July and October.

How long a grant takes to process depends on when it is received.  If it is submitted just after a quarterly meeting, it can take up to 3-4 months to process.

The charity replies to all applicants, whether or not it can help.

Contact details

The Tobacco Pipe Makers & Tobacco Trade Benevolent Fund
Forum Court, Office 205, Devonshire House Business Centre, 29-31 Elmfield Road,

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