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Emergency grants

Emergency grants are usually up to ​£150 ​and help to support people living with cystic fibrosis (CF), and those who care for them, when they are in financial difficulties.

Our COVID-19 exercise grant fund is now closed. Over the course of the past four months we provided 391 exercise grants, totaling £69,467.80, to help protect the health of people with CF by ensuring they could exercise safely at home. We must now focus our support elsewhere as shielding guidance has changed and people with CF across the UK are more able to go outside for exercise. If you need financial support to access exercise you may be eligible to apply for a health and wellbeing grant instead.


What are emergency grants?

These grants of up to £150 provide short-term support to children and adults living with CF (the applicants), and those that care for them, when they are in immediate financial difficulty and/or an item or service is urgently needed to stop their health deteriorating. 

Examples include:

  • A loss of income due to illness that means support is needed for daily living costs
  • A loss of or delay to benefits that means support is needed for daily living costs
  • An unplanned or extended hospital admission that means support is needed for travel costs to and from hospital
  • Emergency household repairs
  • Professional cleaning services at home when the level of dust/mould would have an immediate negative impact on health
  • Replacement of household appliances and furniture where the lack of the item is causing an immediate negative impact on health (eg a fridge has broken and is needed to store medicine, or a washing machine has broken and handwashing clothes is leading to problems with damp)

How can I apply?

Please read the guidance on this page before applying. Once you have done this, please download and complete the application form.

Emergency grant form

We are working hard to keep our services running as normal, but may struggle to access our post and anything posted to us may be delayed. Please email applications to helpline@cysticfibrosis.org.uk if you can.

Please take a look at these other frequently asked questions before applying for a grant:

How much can I apply for?

Emergency grants are £150, however this can be increased in exceptional circumstances. For example, we may be able to increase this amount to cover the cost of white goods

Does the application form need a supporting statement (endorsement)?

Yes. The supporting statement needs to be completed by a member of the applicant’s CF team (the endorser) and either signed by them or emailed to us from their professional email account. It is important that your CF team is aware that you are in an emergency situation that may have an effect on your health.

If this is proving difficult please contact us.

When will I receive the grant?

Emergency grants are processed weekly. If the application is successful, payment will be made to the bank account provided within 10 days of receiving a complete application.

Who should complete the application form?

The applicant, their parent/carer, partner or a member of their CF team can complete the form. Regardless of who completes the form, the ‘applicant’ is always the person living with cystic fibrosis. If the applicant is over 18, they need to be made aware that the application is being made on their behalf.

Is there anything I cannot apply for?

Emergency grants are assessed on an individual basis, but in general, we cannot give grants for:

  • Routine travel costs such as planned hospital admissions for IVs and clinic appointments
  • Existing debts, loans or credit card bills
  • Ongoing costs such as rent or mortgage payments
  • Items that have already been purchased

How often can I apply?

Emergency grants are assessed on a case by case basis, so they can be applied for as and when needed. However, our limited resources mean we cannot meet ongoing costs and we are unable to accept multiple applications from the same applicant for the same situation. If you are unsure about this, please contact us before making the application.

I have a question, can I speak to someone?

Yes. Please call our Helpline on 0300 373 1000 or email helpline@cysticfibrosis.org.uk if you have any questions about any of our grants.

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