Discretionary Assistance Fund - What Can a DAF Grant Support?

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Discretionary Assistance Fund is a grant scheme which can provide payments or in-kind support for two purposes:

1. Emergency Assistance Payment (EAP)

The EAP grant is awarded to provide assistance in an emergency or when there is an immediate threat to health or wellbeing. An emergency could be that you have suffered a fire, flood, homelessness, domestic abuse, harassment or similar.

An EAP grant will be awarded to support you for a few days to cover the cost of food, clothing, gas and electricity and emergency travel expenses. It is awarded within 24 hours, so support can reach you quickly and support you for a short period, while you access other local help and get back on your feet.

You do not need to be receiving benefits to qualify for assistance with an EAP grant however you will need to demonstrate you have no other support or financial means to cope with the emergency.

There are limits on how many EAP grants you can apply for in a year.

2. Individual Assistance Payment (IAP)

An IAP grant is awarded to enable independent living or continued independent living, preventing the need for institutional care. An IAP grant has specific criteria and qualifying conditions which you will need to meet in order to successfully be awarded.

The IAP grant will award white goods such as fridge, cooker and washer machine as well as other key essentials for your home such as curtains, beds, bedding and seating.

An IAP takes a maximum of 10 working days to consider, so please apply in plenty of time before you move house.

An IAP is only available to people on income based benefits.

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.