Glasgow Labour MSP Anne McTaggart has backed the Turn2us ‘Go for a Grant’ campaign.
The campaign is encouraging anyone in financial hardship to use the free online Turn2us Grants Search tool to check their eligibility for grants and other support depending on their particular needs and circumstances. This follows new research findings which have revealed a stark lack of awareness of the support available through charitable grants amongst those in financial hardship in Scotland.
Almost three-fifths (59%) of Turn2us website users living in Scotland said they were completely unaware of charitable grants before finding out about this help through Turn2us. Worryingly, over two-fifths (42%) had been struggling financially for over a year before checking what support could be available to them.
As a result of their situation, over two-thirds (70%) have had to rely on the financial support of family and friends and nearly two-thirds (65%) have been forced to cut back on food and heating.
In addition, almost a third (32%) have resorted to using credit cards to pay for bills and other essentials, and nearly one in three (30%) have taken out a short-term or payday loan.
Ms McTaggart said “It’s really important that people are aware of the funding that is available to them. In this area, knowledge really is power so I’m delighted to be able to get behind this campaign. Their online tool is really helpful and I would encourage as many people as possible to take advantage and make sure they’re getting what they’re entitled to.”
The ‘Go for a Grant’ campaign is encouraging anyone in financial hardship to use the free online Turn2us Grants Search tool to check their eligibility for grants and other support depending on their particular needs and circumstances.
There are over 3,000 grant-giving charities available in the UK, distributing £288 million in grants and services to individuals in need every year. Each charitable fund is set up to assist people on low incomes according to their current or previous occupation, the area they live or for a specific health condition or disability.
Individuals who have used the Grants Search tool have seen an average annual income increase of over £2,400 in regular charitable grants and over £550 in one-off grants.
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