Hardship Fund

The DCAT hardship fund is open to applications from parents who are in extreme financial distress and is designed to provide an emergency one-off non-repayable amount to buy food or other immediate basic need.

The maximum amount payable will be £50.

Please complete the form on the right and one of our team will be in contact with you as soon as possible.

Do note that following submission of the form, we will request further details or documents from you by email in order to allow us to fully assess your application. These may include:

  • Scanned or photo proof of your identity
  • Scanned or photo of your child’s identity
  • You must be able to evidence that you are struggling to meet the basic needs of a child or young person you’re responsible for.’Basic needs’ include accommodation, heating, food and hygiene.
  • A current UK bank statement

You will only be able to apply for one grant per family. All applications will be assessed against need and on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Your name - Please enter your name

    Home postcode - Please enter your home postcode. This will need to match the record held on the school’s file.

    Your child’s name - Please enter your child’s name

    Your child’s date of birth - Please enter your child’s date of birth

    School - Please select the school your child attends

    Email - Please enter an email address we can contact you on

    Telephone number - Please enter a valid UK land line or mobile number

    Details - Please provide as much detail as you can to support your application