Macmillan Grants

Macmillan Grants are small, discretionary payments to help people with the extra costs that cancer can cause. They are usually a one-off payment. They are for people who have a low level of income and savings.

If you need things like extra clothing, help paying heating bills or even a relaxing break, you may be able to get a Macmillan Grant.

How much you get will depend on your situation and needs. A grant from Macmillan would not normally affect the benefits you are entitled to. It is an extra bit of help, not a replacement for other support.

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, £289 for a couple or household of two people and £85 for each child. 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) and Attendance Allowance (AA) in our calculations.

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 or by post 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.

Any personal or medical information included in your application will be treated confidentially.

If you have any questions about Macmillan Grants, or if you are having problems getting someone to fill in an application form with you, contact us on 0808 808 00 00.

I received a Macmillan grant when I was first diagnosed. I needed new clothes as my weight was up and down with chemo. It really took a weight from our shoulders.


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