Grants for your patients

We know cancer can be tough on your finances. Learn how to support your patient to apply for a Macmillan Grant.

What is a Macmillan Grant?

Macmillan Grants are usually 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
  • travel to health appointments.

Is my patient eligible?

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.
  • They are a UK resident.
  • They have no more than £1,000 in savings for a household.
  • 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.
  • You have not already had a Macmillan Grant in the last 2 years.

How to apply for a Macmillan Grant

We currently aren’t accepting new registrations for the online grants application platform. 

If you haven’t previously registered on our grants platform and have a patient who you feel would be eligible for a Macmillan Grant, as well as further Money and Work support, then please ask them to call the Macmillan Support Line on 0800 808 00 00 where one of our Welfare Rights Team will be happy to help. 

If you are already registered on the Grants online application platform you can continue to submit applications as normal by logging in to your account.

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 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 0800 808 00 00
  • 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

Other support for your patients

If your patient is struggling financially, they may find some of our information and advice services useful. These include the following: