Grants for your patients
Macmillan Grants are small, one-off payments to help people with the extra costs that cancer can cause.
People with cancer must apply for this grant through a health or social care professional.
If you are living with or affected by cancer, please visit our Macmillan Grants page.
What is the grant for?
Our grants can help meet a wide range of practical needs arising from cancer, such as:
- purchasing new clothes needed because of changes to body shape or size
- paying high heating bills incurred when more susceptible to feeling cold during chemotherapy
- covering the cost of a much-needed short holiday in the UK during, between, or after treatment, or when no further treatment options are available.
New research from Macmillan has found that the financial impact of cancer has increased to an average of £891 per month, affecting 83% of people diagnosed. The energy price cap lifting on 1 April anticipates an average increase of £693 for UK households, and this may have an bigger impact on people living with cancer. In response, we have put additional support in place:
- From 9 March 2022 (for 6 months), those eligible for a grant who are unfortunately at end of life (and have been issued a DS1500/BASRiS) will also be eligible for an additional £150 in their grant amount, taking the total to £500.
- From 1 April 2022 (for 6 months), when the energy price cap is lifted, those eligible for a grant for heating costs will also receive an additional £115 increase in grant amount.
To be considered for a grant, a person living with cancer must meet these criteria:
- Be aged 18 or over.
- They have a cancer diagnosis, or they are still affected by cancer or its treatment.
- They are a UK resident.
- They have no more than £6,000 in savings (for a household of one person) or £8,000 savings (for a household of two people).
- They have a low income after paying rent, mortgage and Council Tax.
This means a weekly income of less than £323 for a household of one person or less than £442 per week for a household of two or more people. We do not count Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Attendance Allowance (AA) in our calculations.
- The request for the grant must demonstrate a clear link to the impact of cancer and its treatment.
Submit a grant application on behalf of a person living with cancer:
You'll need to create an account to access our online application platform. You can also track the progress of your application when you log in. Download our user guide, which outlines each step in the application process.
Once you have started an application, you'll need to complete it within 40 days. This is for data protection reasons.
We aim to give you a decision within one day, although if we decide your patient is eligible, payment may take a few extra days. If we need further information, we’ll get in touch.
Who can apply?
You can apply for a Macmillan Grant on behalf of someone affected by cancer if you are:
- a healthcare professional
- a benefits adviser
- a social worker
- someone acting in any other professional capacity with a person affected by cancer.
As part of the application process, we will consider:
- the extent to which there is a compelling case about the need for financial support at this time
- the prognosis. There may be urgent, pressing, unmet needs that cannot be met and/or the outlook is poor and quality of life is an issue
- whether a grant has been made to the patient previously. Grants are one-off payments but there may be more wrap-around financial support we can help you with. If you would like to speak to one of our team about money worries, please contact our Support Line on 0808 808 00 00
- whether there are statutory resources or any other alternative forms of support available.
For your patients
Our specialist advisers can give advice and support to your patients. Encourage them to call us on 0808 808 00 00 (7 days a week, 8am-8pm).
It’s quick and easy to order free booklets to give to your patients, their families and carers. Topics include cancer types, treatment, and emotional support.