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.

What Macmillan Grants are for

Macmillan Grants are small, one-off discretionary payments 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 cancer, or if you are still seriously affected by your illness or treatment. You can also apply if you have a particular need related to the cancer or treatment.

Both of the following must also apply:

  • You have less than £6,000 in savings if you are single, or less than £8,000 as a couple or family.
  • You have a low total income after you have paid rent, mortgage and council tax. This means a weekly income of £170 for a single person or £289 for a couple or household of two people. It is increased by £85 for each child in the household. In some situations, we may also take into account any additional adults in the household.

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

These are general rules, but we do consider individual situations. Please contact us if you have any questions.

How to apply

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

1. You apply through a health or social care professional. This may be a social worker, a district nurse, a benefits adviser, 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 health or social care professional applying on behalf of someone, we have a grant application guide [PDF]. You can also find more information about the Macmillan Grants application