Please ensure you have read the applying for support frequently asked questions before making an application.
Q1 Am I eligible for a grant?
To meet our eligibility requirements, you must be:
- a teacher or former teacher, a lecturer, or teacher in training
- in genuine need - ‘necessitous’
- live in England or Wales
- be a member of the Church of England or of another recognised Christian denomination
- be able to provide the name and address of a referee to confirm your educational connections and a referee to confirm your church connection
Q2 How do I apply?
Q3 What is the process for awarding a grant?
An application form must first be completed in all cases.
Q4 If you accept my initial enquiry does that mean I will get a grant?
No. Based on the information you have provided on your application form, further evidence or documentation may be required to assess your needs and eligibility for a grant.
Q5 Can I still apply if I have only had either teaching employment or Church involvement and only meet part of the criteria?
No. Both criteria must be met.
Q6 Is the grant a one-off payment or may I apply for support over a longer period of need/time?
The grant would usually be a one-off payment. In exceptional circumstances a longer period may be considered.
Q7 Is there a limit to what I may be able to receive?
It would depend on your circumstances. We aim to meet specific short-term needs caused by unforeseen significant misfortune, in order to help people re-establish themselves and regain financial stability.
Q8 Do you take into account any savings or equity when I apply for assistance?
Yes. We take into account any savings or equity you may have from your monthly income and expenditure detailed on the application form.
Q9 What does a grant have to be used for?
Costs associated with, for example, general living expenses due to change of circumstances through illness, loss of employment or relationship breakdown, home repairs or adaptations, career development or retraining including relocation cost, travel or childcare costs, utility bill, Council Tax or rent arrears due to unavoidable circumstances.
Q10 Can I apply for assistance with care home or nursing home fees?
Specific rules apply for registered care and nursing homes. But if a benevolent fund is asked to assist with home fees and does so this will not automatically affect other statutory help. A full negotiation is first required to ensure the local authority is fulfilling its statutory duty in assessing and funding adequately the assessed care needs. You should check this with your local authority as legislation changes all the time. You could also check with your local Citizens Advice Bureau or Turn2us website: www.turn2us.org.uk.
I will be able to get the work done on my house before the winter sets in and will be able to keep warm and dry. I cannot tell you the weight that has been lifted by your generosity.
Q11 Will my application be treated as confidential?
Yes. The application form is a confidential document and will be viewed by the Council of CSSBI and Administrator only.
Q12 Do I have to be receiving statutory benefits before I can apply?
No. However it is best to check with your local authority, local Citizens Advice Bureau, Turn2us website or Benefits Calculator on GOV.UK website to make sure you are receiving all the benefits that you are entitled to.
Q13 Do I have to belong to a professional organisation to apply?
No. This is not necessary.
Q14 Do I have to have worked in education for a specific length of time?
Q15 How long will the process take?
The process can be relatively quick once the application form and all the necessary supporting documentation and references are received. The Council of CSSBI meets regularly and will give careful consideration to your request for assistance.
Q16 What if my application is urgent?
There is a procedure in place to deal with those ‘Urgent Applications’ which cannot wait until the next scheduled Council meeting and 'Crisis Applications' that require an immediate response.
Q17 If my application is successful how will my grant be paid?
Payment is usually made in the form of a BACs payment or cheque to a third party i.e. builder, supplier, landlord, utility company.
Q18 What if I need help to complete my form? Is there anyone I could go to for help? Can I get someone to complete it for me?
Yes. A friend or relative can help you complete your form, or ask for assistance from your local Citizens Advice Bureau or Turn2us website.
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