Discretionary Assistance Fund - Have You Experienced an Emergency or Disaster?

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What is an Emergency?

DAF considers an emergency to be a sudden, urgent, unexpected event which usually needs immediate action. An emergency is a situation where there is a high risk to you or your family’s personal health and wellbeing.

Examples of emergencies could include:

  • Being a victim of crime
  • Having no money due to delays in benefits being processed
  • No income due to relationship breakdown
  • Stranded away from home without means of getting back
  • No money left due to visiting sick child in hospital

What is a Disaster?

DAF considers a disaster to be a great or sudden misfortune, which will normally result in significant damage, or loss of, possessions or property.

Example of disasters include major fire, flood, and gas explosions.

Something can be an emergency to one person and not to another. If you feel you have experienced an emergency and need the assistance of the Fund, please do apply.

If you have already received an EAP grant – There are maximum times you can receive an EAP grant in a year. What if I have applied before?

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.