Over 3,000 charities have cash grants to buy white goods

There are more than 3,000 charities giving out cash to buy white goods; see the list below for some of the major ones and check out the extensive Grant Checker on the charity website Turn2us.

Most charities and organisations require you to fill out an application form online or in person listing the reasons why you need help and a response is then be sent to you with details on how you can claim the money needed.  Different structures are currently in place for some due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Small, very local charities are also useful places that might be able to help, including churches.

Gumtree and Freecycle (or another local equivalent) are also good websites for free or discounted furniture and white goods.

Vicar’s Relief Fund

The VRF (Vicar’s Relief Fund) helps people experiencing homelessness through small, quick grants that prevent eviction or help people access accommodation. The average grant is £280, and they usually process requests in 1-3 days. As a frontline worker, you can apply for a grant on behalf of the person you are supporting.

They do not accept applications from members of the public, only from paid frontline workers.  You have to register with them.


Provides grants to buy white goods, bedding, and items for children and babies are available from Glasspool for those in need.  They are one of the few national charities making grants to individuals which has no restrictions on the type of beneficiary we can support.

They provide small, one-off grants to individuals and families in need of financial support for everyday items to help them set up or remain in their home; improve their well-being and in some cases can also provide grants to support training to enable applicants to take up an offer of employment.

They only accept applications from referral agencies on behalf of individuals. There are no specific eligibility requests for this charity, but it does say that it expects anyone applying to have already made an application for local welfare schemes before they apply to it.

Reuse Network

Good quality second hand and refurbished household items are available through this national network of reuse centres. You can search on the website for local centres to see what is available.

The items on offer include white goods such as fridges and cookers along with household furniture, IT Equipment and more, which are restored and tested so they are working properly and safe to use.

In some cases you will still have to pay for the items but this will be significantly cheaper than buying a brand-new item.

End Furniture Poverty

If you’re looking for furniture (or an organisation helping someone to find furniture) then the links on this site will point you in the direction of sources of help – depending on your circumstances – from local authorities to affordable credit.

This website lists everywhere you can find help for buying replacement furniture and essential household goods.  It should, however, be noted that the solutions will often not come from a single source – many organisations only offer funding for one item – and it is therefore important to be persistent and patient.

Energy Providers

Some energy providers offer help for those who can’t afford their gas and electricity bills or other basic household items including white goods: and you don’t always need to be a customer of the energy provider in order to apply for help.

The Energy Trust was set up to help people struggling to pay for energy costs and it also provides grants, known as Further Assistance Payments, to help buy essential household items including white goods.  In order to apply you will need to supply details about your finances and give  reasons about your circumstances.

Energy providers offering help include British Gas, EDF Energy, and E.ON all offer schemes for those struggling to pay for energy costs and essential household items which are open to applications from anyone.

Scottish Power, Npower, SSE, and OVO also provide grants but these are only available if you are a customer.

Local Council Welfare Schemes

It might be possible to receive money from your local council if you are on a low income or receiving certain benefits.  This depends on where you live as councils can decide how much, if anything, they offer, but help is available in some areas for a variety of reasons including those who can’t afford basic white goods.

To find out what is available contact your local council.

Budgeting Loans

Government loans are available for people on low incomes to pay for essential or unexpected expenses.  These can be used for a wide range of things from replacement cookers, furniture, or clothing to help if you’ve had a baby or to pay for a funeral.

In order to apply for a loan, individuals must be one of the following benefits for at least six months: Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, or Pension Credit.  Those receiving Universal Credit are not able to apply, but they can apply for a Budgeting Advance which works in the same way.

The amount you can borrow depends on your circumstances, but you could get up to £348 if you are single, £464 if you have a partner, or £812 if you or your partner receive Child Benefit and individuals can apply online.  The loans are interest free, so you only pay back what you borrow, and the repayments are taken directly out of your benefits.

Buttle UK

This charity is for children and young people and their families and carers.  Grants of up to £2,000 are available to help those dealing with issues including domestic abuse, estrangement, physical and mental ill health, and substance abuse.

Support packages include money for essential items including beds and cookers along with help for children’s emotional, social, and educational needs.

Family Fund

Families raising disabled or seriously ill children can apply for grants to pay several things including washing machines, bedding, and furniture.  The grants are paid through specific suppliers and they can be used for the total cost of new items or for a discount off the cost. The exact amount depends on the individual case.

For those in England and Scotland, kitchen grants are supplied by the website AO.  For those in Wales grants are supplied by Argos and for those in Northern Ireland, the supplier is Vision Sales.

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