What is a Macmillan Grant?

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.

Is my patient eligible?

To be considered for a grant, a person living with cancer must meet these criteria:

  • 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.

How to apply for a Macmillan Grant

Submit a grant application on behalf of a person living with cancer:

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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.

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.

If you are applying, and are not a healthcare professional, you must have a healthcare professional complete a medical report which contains details about a person's diagnosis and prognosis.

This person can be a Macmillan nurse, clinical nurse specialist, hospital doctor, GP or any other Macmillan healthcare professional involved in a person living with cancer's care.


We do not accept self-referrals completed by people living with cancer or their family or friends acting on their behalf.

Writing your supporting explanation

The supporting explanation is a big part of the application and should be used to present a compelling case. This information will inform whether we award the grant and the value of the grant.

Your application will need to include:

  • the specific needs the person has relating to cancer or cancer treatment
  • how the grant will help the person with the needs you have identified.

What else should I include in the application?

It can be also be helpful to include the following information in your application:

  • Specific information about why the grant is needed
    This might include, for example:
    • 10 visits by car to St Thomas Hospital (a 30-mile round trip) over a one month period
    • A convalescent break in Cornwall for three nights in July at a cost of £X per person for accommodation and £X per person for travel.
  • A full picture of the person's package of support
    This might include, for example:
    • advice is being provided on benefit entitlement
    • help requested and/or provided from the Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme
    • a community care grant application has been made. We will consider an application whether or not there are other forms of support.

How will you consider my application?

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 existence of a clear connection between the impact of cancer and the items or services requested
  • if information in the medical report corroborates the information provided in the supporting explanation
  • 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 or not the estimated cost of an item or service is reasonable and if there is an explanation for costs that seem higher than would generally be expected
  • whether there are statutory resources or any other alternative forms of support available.

Help to apply

If you have questions about our grants, or would like support with your application, please email macmillangrants@macmillan.org.uk.

Other support for your patients

If your patient is struggling financially, they may find some of our information and advice services useful: