Discretionary Assistance Fund - Eligibility for IAPs

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An IAP grant is intended to help vulnerable people live as independently as possible in the community.

To qualify for an IAP you must meet ALL three elements of eligibility:

1. Meet the Grant Conditions

The grant conditions are:

  • Resident in Wales
  • Must be 16 or over
  • No other access to savings or other funding
  • Not resident in a care home (unless being discharged in 6 weeks)
  • Not currently in prison (unless being discharged in 6 weeks)
  • Not a member of a religious order being fully maintained

2. Be in Receipt of a Qualifying Benefit

Qualifying benefits are:

  • Income support
  • Income based Jobseekers allowance
  • Income related Employment and support allowance
  • Pension credit
  • Universal credit

3. Meet a Qualifying Condition

Qualifying conditions are:

  1. You are leaving a care home or institution to live independently in the community. You will need to have been in care for a minimum of 3 months and received significant and substantial care. Examples include hospitals, care homes, prisons, supported accommodation and foster care.
  2. You want to remain living independently in your community. You may be at risk of going into care because you are having difficulty coping at home. There needs to be clear evidence on the application of the type of institutional care the application would be risk of entering (i.e. mental health supported accommodation, nursing home etc).
  3. You are setting up home after an unsettled way of life. This could be as part of a planned resettlement programme or independently securing accommodation following a period of homelessness. The Fund will consider how often you have moved, over what period of time and what type of accommodation you have been living in i.e. rough sleeping, sofa surfing, night shelters, hostels & emergency accommodation (i.e. B&Bs) would be considered as evidence of an unsettled way of life.
  4. You are facing an exceptional and urgent pressure (which is over and above the pressure of living on a low income). You should only apply under this qualifying condition if you (and your family) have experienced an exceptional and urgent pressure. This could include relationship breakdown especially when domestic violence was involved, sudden illness or accident of a family member or housing issues such as pressure from overcrowding or having to move due to harassment. Please do not apply under this qualifying condition due to budgeting or affordability issues. This will not be considered an exceptional and urgent pressure and you will not qualify for a grant.
  5. You are going to be helping to care for a prisoner or young offender released on temporary license. Awards are usually for living expenses to help cover the cost of care or accommodation for the duration of the temporary release period. This is different from the qualifying route for people being released from prison.

If you are working with an organisation to support you, it may be worth speaking to your support worker or similar before you contact the DAF – they may be able to help you with your application. Click here to find out how to get help to complete an application.