Macmillan grants

A Macmillan grant is a one-off payment for adults, young people or children with cancer, to cover a wide range of practical needs. This can include things such as heating bills, extra clothing, or a much needed break.

You can apply for a Macmillan grant if you have cancer or are still affected by your illness or treatment and:

  • your savings amount to no more than £6,000 if you are single, or £8,000 as a couple or family
  • your household disposable income (this means the total amount left once you have paid your mortgage, rent or council tax) is under:

- £170 a week for a single person

- £289 per couple

- £85 for each child

- £119 for each additional adult (only when their income is relevant to the request)

Please note, Disability Living Allowance/Personal Independence Payments (PIP) and Attendance Allowance do not count as disposable income.

These are the general conditions, but we take account of individual circumstances.

Award amounts will vary depending on circumstances and needs but the average grant amount will be under £400.

What can the grants provide?

Typical expenses Macmillan grants help with include:

  • fares to and from hospital for treatment
  • heating bills
  • washing machines and other household items

We also give grants for items that help individuals with cancer continue with activities they enjoy. For example, we gave a grant to a man with cancer of the larynx to help pay for a special swimming device, so that he could still enjoy swimming after his operation.

How do I get one?

We aim to make our application process as simple and as quick as possible.

Step one

You need to apply through a health or social care professional, such as a social worker, district nurse, or a Macmillan nurse if you have one. Or one of our advisers on the Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00 will be able to assist you. Please read our guidance notes [PDF 630KB] before making your application.

Step two

They will fill in a grant application form with you and send it to the grants team at Macmillan Cancer Support. You will also need a short medical report from your doctor, consultant or Macmillan nurse.

Step three

The Macmillan Grants team will process your application on the day they receive it.

Step four

If your application is approved, payments are generally sent out within three working days. A grant from Macmillan will not affect the benefits you are entitled to. Any personal or medical information included in your application will be treated confidentially.

Back to Benefits and your rights

An introduction to the benefits system

There are many different types of financial benefit that could be available to you.

Who can help you get financial support?

Many people can give you advice on your financial situation. Some charities and organisations offer grants.

The Welfare Reform Act

There have been changes to the benefits system. There are a number of ways your benefits could be affected.

Protecting your right to state benefits

Some benefits depend on your national insurance contributions. There are organisations to help you find out what you are entitled to.