Alms

The Alms charity is a combination of several very old charities created to relieve poverty in the area around St Giles-in-the-Fields church. The last couple of centuries have seen significant changes, but our charity still helps local residents who struggle financially, have poor health, or suffer with both.

Grants for individuals

What grants do we provide?

Grants for Individuals – up to £500 for people on low incomes to buy new household goods.

We award a small number of grants each year to local residents who need financial help with:

  • replacing old or broken kitchen appliances and furniture in their current homes
  • new furniture or kitchen appliances when moving into a new property.

Who can apply?

Local residents living in the area of benefit AND living on low incomes.

Please check below if you may be eligible for an Alms grant

Click on the list below and start typing the first letter of your street

This list is for guidance.  If you think your street is missing, please let us know by sending us an email.

Yes, your road falls into the area for the grant, please complete the application.

How long will it take?

Applications take about two weeks for a decision to be made, then another one to two weeks for the products to be delivered.

What can I apply for?

Mainly our grants cover household items such as kitchen appliances, furniture, bedding, carpets and clothing.  All new appliances are delivered and installed as part of the service.  Any old or broken appliances are taken away.

We also fund secondary school uniform and assisted living.  We do not provide grants for any financial debts or holidays.  We do not award cash grants.

Please read our case study – an unusual award for a mobility scooter.

How to apply?

Complete the application form in full and return it to the charity.  You can download the form or ask for one to be posted to you.

What happens next?

  • All new applicants will be visited at home by our Grants Officer
  • During the visit, you will be expected to provide evidence of your income and expenditure
  • The Grants Officer writes a short report to enable Trustees to make a decision and this will be communicated in writing
  • For most grants, your product will be ordered through our supplier and they will contact you to arrange a convenient delivery time.

We are only able to consider one application per household in a twelve-month period, and no more than two applications over three years.

If you are a support worker, then please sign up to our grant makers newsletter for information about grants available across south Camden.  We work closely with St Pancras Welfare Trust and St Andrew, Holborn.

Grants for organisations

The Trustees have identified two priority themes for our organisational grant programme:

  • Isolated older people
  • Homelessness and those at risk of becoming homeless

We award small grants to organisations delivering projects to support beneficiaries from our two target groups, within our area of benefit.  We have a limited budget, so the maximum grant is £8,000 per annum but we also fund smaller initiatives.

We do NOT accept unsolicited applications but if you think you have an appropriate project please contact the Clerk for a discussion.  If you are invited to apply, then we will send you a link to our online application form.

Here’s a list of all our current projects:

  • £8,000 PA towards cook’s salary at the Soup Kitchen at the American International Church on Goodge Street
  • £7,000 PA to support staff salaries for Camden Winter Night Shelter Scheme
  • £5,000 towards the salary of a Director/Volunteer Coordinator for new Street Storage charity, offering storage facilities for rough sleepers
  • £500 to Single Homeless Project hostel in Southampton Row to buy kitchen equipment for life-skills recovery workshops
  • £14,000 PA to Dragon Hall to deliver social activities and lunch club for older people across the area, in partnership with Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, Phoenix Garden, and Seven Dials Club
  • £3,000 to London Jesus Centre to provide discretionary funds to support their clients with hostel fees, ID documents and travel expenses
  • £2,000 to St Mungo’s Endell Street hostel to buy clothes/personal items on behalf of their residents