Grants Scheme

If you’re on a low income and your Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis is creating costs that you’re struggling to meet, we may be able to help.

We offer two kinds of grants to people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) in need of financial support:

  1. Personal Grants of up to £500 (£300 for clothes)
  2. Educational and Vocational Grants of up to £1000

To qualify, you must have been resident in the UK for six months or more, be on a low income and have a need arising from your IBD. 

Thank you for my grant. Your help has brightened my days and helped make my life easier.

Personal Grants

Personal Grants of up to £500 (£300 for clothes) are available to people with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis for an item or need arising as a consequence of having the conditions.

This could be, for example:

  • a washing machine or dryer
  • beds and bedding
  • a refrigerator
  • new clothing due to weight loss/gain 
  • a rehabilitation holiday in the UK
  • you may be eligible for an Educational and Vocational Grant

Recurring household bills or debts cannot be considered - for these you should seek help from your local Social Services, Citizens' Advice, StepChange Debt Charity or National Debtline.

You can only apply for one grant every five years (unless there are exceptional circumstances).

Educational & vocational Grant 

You  could qualify for an Educational and Vocational Grant to help you cover your education or training costs. 

These are payments of up to £1000 that you can use for specific needs that arise as a consequence of having IBD.

The money can be used to cover costs such as:

  • Books and/or other course material/equipment
  • Tuition fees
  • Additional costs of university/college en-suite
  • Travel passes
  • Retraining courses

You have to be on a low income to be eligible, and you can’t apply for more than one grant every five years (unless there are exceptional circumstances).

How to apply for financial support

It’s easy to apply: Just download and read the guidance notes below, then fill in the relevant application form:

You have a choice of how you would like to complete the form. The PDF version has to be printed and completed by hand and the Word version can be completed on line before being printed.  

Please note that both versions of the form once completed should be sent to:

 Support Grants Assistant
 PO Box 334
 St Albans  AL1 2WA

For any queries please call Julia Devereux (Support Grants Assistant) on 0800 011 4701 or email You can also find out more by calling the Crohn's and Colitis UK Information Service on 0300 222 5700.

Personal Grant

Educational and Vocational Grant

All information supplied by you will be treated by Crohn's and Colitis UK in confidence.

The 2018 timetable below outlines deadlines for applications and when you will find out the outcome of your application. Urgent applications will be considered outside of this timetable.

Deadline Meeting date Decision notification
Tuesday 2 January Tuesday 16 January Within two weeks

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