Funding Local Causes

Grants of up to £500 for families in crisis

Application Deadline: rolling

Started in 1996, Hertfordshire Children's Fund provides practical support to disadvantaged children aged 0-18 (aged 0-25 for children with disabilities) and their families in Hertfordshire by providing grants for household essentials such as washing machines, cookers and children’s beds to ensure they can keep their children healthy, safe and clean.

Check the criteria below for items we can and cannot fund before applying.

**Please note that due to increased volume of applications and limited funds available, we can now only offer one essential white good item per family**

Who can apply?
Applications must come from a professional supporting the family that is capable of assessing their needs. If the application is successful, the payment will be made to the organisation, who must administer and supervise the grant on our behalf.

For example, applications are welcomed from those working for:
  • Hertfordshire County Council Social Services

  • Children’s Centres

  • Housing associations

  • Charitable and voluntary groups e.g. debt advice agencies, family support etc

Please note cannot accept applications from individuals or families directly.

What do we fund?

GUIDANCE NOTES - Click to read the guidance notes for an extensive list of items we can and cannot fund before applying.

Grants can be made for essential white goods, children’s beds, baby items and specialist medical equipment for children.

Whilst grants can be made up to £500, this fund is reserved for essentials and the panel may suggest alternative items to those requested, this is to ensure the longevity of the fund and enable us to continue supporting a high volume of families.

As a guide - In 2023, the average* price paid per item was:

  • Furniture

  • Children's single bed including mattress: £181

  • Bunk Bed including mattresses: £340

  • White goods including installation

  • Electric Cooker: £341

  • Gas Cooker: £390

  • Fridge Freezer (combined): £274

  • Washing machine: £303

  • Fridge or Freezer: £205

  • Baby items

  • Pushchair £95

  • Cot/Crib: £180

*Average figure taken from a range of data and intended for demonstration purposes only.

How to make an application
Use the link below to apply for a grant for the family you are supporting. Decisions are made on a rolling basis, and we try to respond with a decision within a month.

Please note, for security reasons we no longer accept paper applications.

Please ensure you have read the full guidance notes above before making an application.


Support the Fund
The Hertfordshire Children’s Fund has built up a small endowment which allows us to make grants each year. However, it still relies heavily on donations from individuals, companies, and other supporters to meet the current demand for grants, which was around £134,000 in the last financial year. If you, or anyone you know, would be interested in supporting the Fund by making a donation or fundraising on our behalf, we’d love to hear from you!

Other places to find support
We are aware that many of the families seeking support through the Hertfordshire Children’s Fund need more help than we are able to provide. As a result we try to keep track of other sources of support or information that may be useful and share them here. If you know of any organisation or funding programme that may be useful to those applying to the Children’s Fund, please let us know and we’ll add it to the list below.

Local Funding:
  • Hertfordshire Charity for Deprived Children (Countywide)-
  • Wellfield Trust (Hatfield) -
  • Dacorum Community Trust (Dacorum) -
  • Stevenage Community Trust (Stevenage & Aston, Benington, Cromer, Datchworth, Graveley, Knebworth, Little Wymondley, Old Knebworth, Walkern, Watton-at-Stone Weston, and Woolmer Green) -
  • Harpenden Trust (Harpenden) -
  • Charlie’s Gift (Herts, Beds, Bucks) -
  • The James Marshall Foundation -
  • Sawbridgeworth Trust / United Charities - Contact details here/

    National Funding:
  • Family Action (national) –
  • The Buttle Trust (national) –
  • New Life Charity (national) -
  • Always Look on the Bright Side of Life (national) -
  • Turn2Us -
  • Glasspool Charity Trust (national) -
  • Greggs Foundation Hardship Fund (national) -
  • The Biscuit Fund (national) -
  • British Gas Energy Trust (Grants for white goods and to clear energy debt) - British Gas Energy Trust Grants/
  • League of Helping Hand (LHH) -

    Additional Support:
  • Herts Help – or 0300 123 4044
  • Hertfordshire County Council Welfare Assistance Payment (one off payment for crisis for essentials like food and bills - Hertfordshire Welfare Assistance/
  • Citizens Advice - Find your local one on
  • Herts Frontline (East Herts and Broxbourne) - Find details on local health and wellbeing support
  • Foodbanks – details of local foodbanks are available on

    Second hand furniture:
  • Freecycle -
  • Gumtree -
  • PreLoved -
  • Emmaus -
  • Furniture ReUse Network –
  • Spruce (Stevenage Furniture Re-use Scheme) -
  • Give a Dog a Bone (Broxbourne Furniture Re-use Scheme) -
  • Fresch (Welwyn Furniture Re-use Scheme) -
  • Exchange (Bishop's Stortford Furniture Re-use Scheme with free local delivery) -
  • 9 Lives Furniture (Rickmansworth). Discount on furniture for those on means tested benefits. Can deliver items for a small fee. -
  • WasteAware Reuse Shops (Hertfordshire County Council scheme. Shops in Harpenden, Stevenage, Ware, Garston & Welwyn Garden City). If you are a worker supporting a family, please contact us to find out about free reused furniture from WasteAware. -

    School Uniform/Clothing:
  • Hand on Heart Trust (Free, preloved children's coats and winter clothing) -
  • School In a Bag -
  • Coats 4 Kids (Free, preloved children's coats and winter clothing) -
  • Sports Shoes (Free, preloved sports shoes) -

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