Macmillan Grants

Macmillan Grants are small, one-off means-tested payments to help with the extra costs that living with cancer can bring. Find out how to apply.

Important information

Please note that unfortunately we are unable to process any grant applications from 8th September, for two weeks, whilst we carry out some essential maintenance on our systems.

Whilst we expect things to be back online towards the end of September, please be aware that any grant applications made between September and October may take slightly longer to be processed than usual.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you. We are doing everything we can to ensure this downtime is kept to a minimum as we know Macmillan grants offer vital support to those most in need.

In the meantime, do continue to reach out to our teams on the Macmillan Support Line who may be able to help, or reach out to your own healthcare team (details down the page under the heading 'How to apply') who can begin this discussion with you and submit your application when the systems are back online.

What Macmillan Grants are for

Macmillan Grants are a one-off payment of £350 to help with the extra costs that living with cancer can bring.

They can be used to help with things like:

We have information about other grants and loans available for people living with cancer.

In this video: Saima talks about the financial support she received from Macmillan. 

"I lost a lot of weight from anxiety. I basically had to buy a whole new wardrobe, it sounds lovely on the face of it, but it costs hundreds of pounds all of your own clothing items. The Macmillan Grant was a little help towards that." Saima, diagnosed with lung cancer in 2018.

Who can apply

You can apply for a Macmillan Grant if you have if you have a cancer diagnosis or are having treatment in relation to your cancer diagnosis. 

Both of the following must also apply:

  • You have no more than £6,000 in savings for a household of one person or no more than £8,000 for a household of two or more people.
  • You have a weekly income of no more than £323 per week for a household of one person or no more than £442 per week for a household of two or more people.

We do not count Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Attendance Allowance (AA) when we work out your weekly income.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

 

How to apply

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

Apply by phone

You can call our Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00 and talk to the Welfare Rights team about Macmillan Grants. You can speak with the Welfare Rights team:

  • Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm
  • Saturday to Sunday, 9am to 5pm

Ask your healthcare team

1. You apply through a medical professional, a health and/or social care professional or a benefits advisor. This may be a social worker, a district nurse or a Macmillan nurse, if you have one.

2. They fill in a grant application form with you online and send it to the Grants team at Macmillan. If they are not a health professional, they will also include a short medical report from your specialist nurse, doctor or consultant.

3. The Macmillan Grants team will then process your application and we will be in touch if we need any more information from you.

4. Once your application is approved, you will receive your payment either by BACS into your bank account or by cheque

If you are a medical professional, a health and/or social care professional or a benefits advisor applying on behalf of someone, we have a grant application guide [PDF]. You can also find more information about the Macmillan Grants application