We all need help sometimes when experiencing financial difficulties and challenges. RBF are here to provide financial support to improve circumstances and aid wellbeing.
Our non-repayable grants can help you get back on track if you are on a low income or struggling with unexpected or unaffordable costs.
Our funds, listed below, have different criteria and cover a range of issues.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to pay my grant back?
No, our grants are non-repayable.
Do I need to be a member to receive help?
No, our charity is not membership-based, our support is for anyone working or has worked in rail in need of some support.
Will my employer or colleagues know I’ve received help from you?
Are you the same as the Transport Benevolent Fund?
No, the Transport Benevolent Fund is a membership organisation which offers many benefits to its members. For more information please visit their website https://tbf.org.uk/.
Do I need to currently work in rail to qualify for support?
While our grant schemes have different criteria, our charity supports current, former, and retired railway workers and their dependents.
I’m a widow of a railway worker. Would I qualify for support?
While our grant schemes have different criteria, our charity supports widows and spouses of railway workers.
I am an apprentice. Would I qualify?
While our grant schemes have different criteria, we can support apprentices who are in need. Please contact the office for more information.
Who is considered a railway worker?
Anyone who supports the work of passengers and goods on UK mainline railways. This can include train drivers, station staff, freight, cleaners, contractors, and the supply chain. Please contact the office if you are unsure.
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