Posted 13 months ago

We've relaunched our Children's Fund!

The generous support we received during Railway Family Week has allowed us to expand our offering of support to many more. That's why we've relaunched our Family Support Fund, which is designed to offer extra support for families with a household income of under £40,000. Now known as the Children’s Fund, this fund offers grants of up to £300 to cover the cost of the common and hidden expenses that families often incur when bringing up children.

Sometimes a helping hand is all that's needed for the hidden extras that always seem to crop up when you least expect them – the growth spurts that lead to more new shoes and school uniform, the trips that need paying the same month as the car repairs, the gym lessons that all their friends go to but it’s just too much of a stretch when you need to buy the kit as well.

The Children’s Fund offers financial assistance to support children in a variety of ways. The grant can be used to purchase anything from school uniform, sports kit and equipment, days out or school trip expenses. It can also be used to pay for tuition and summer school fees, as well as baby costs.

We have adjusted the criteria to apply for the Children’s Fund to make it even more inclusive. Railway workers past and present can apply to the Children's Fund if their household income is less than £40,000 and they are in receipt of Child Benefit. The maximum grant that can be awarded from the Children’s Fund is £300.

It's quick and easy to apply. Once you have completed a short form and provided proof of employment and copy of a bank statements then you are ready to go and, if awarded, the money will be paid directly into your bank account within days.

Learn more about the Children’s Fund and apply HERE