You may be able to get help from the Discretionary Assistance Fund (DAF), which provides urgent grants to people in Wales as a last resort. The DAF can include awards for certain electrical white goods, such as fridges and cookers, in addition to household items such as beds, bedding, curtains and kitchen items. Grants do not need to be paid back.
There are 2 types of grant from the DAF :
Individual Assistance Payments (IAPs)
In some urgent situations, IAPs can help if you are trying to move house or stay in your current home. There are some qualifying conditions and, to be eligible, you must be:
- entitled to, and in receipt of, Income Support, income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Guaranteed Credit element of Pension Credit, Universal Credit, or
- due to leave an institution or care home within 3 months, and likely to be entitled to receive one of the above benefits on leaving.
There are certain other situations when you might be able to get an IAP, for example, if:
- you want to stay living in the community rather than having to go into an institution (hospital or care home)
- you are setting up home after an unsettled way of life
- you need to move home quickly due to a relationship breakdown or domestic violence
- you are going to care for a prisoner or young offender released on a temporary license
For more information about eligibility for an IAP, see Gov.wales .
Emergency Assistance Payments (EAPs)
EAPs can help meet expenses as a result of an emergency or disaster and might be able to help pay towards heating your home in the event of extreme weather. To get an EAP, you must:
- be in extreme financial hardship, for example you’ve lost your job, applied for benefits and waiting for your first payment or have no money to buy food, gas and electricity
- be in a crisis situation and in need of immediate financial support
- live in Wales
- be over 16
- have no other money for example savings, and considered all other legal and responsible lenders such as credit unions
The EAP is a small, short-term grant available to cover the immediate emergency needs and can be awarded towards essential needs such as food, gas, electricity, essential clothing and emergency travel. You do not have to be receiving any benefit to qualify, but you must show that you have tried other sources of affordable funding before applying.
For more information about eligibility for an EAP, see Gov.wales.
To apply online, click here. You can also apply by ringing 0800 859 5924 (9.30am – 4pm Mon-Fri).
Get help if your application for a DAF is unsuccessful. An adviser may be able to persuade them to offer you some help or be able to help you access other sources of help.
For information on the DAF in welsh, see here.