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Grants to individuals
The main business of the RNBT has always been grants to individuals - financial assistance - to help members of The RNBT Family in difficulty. The circumstances must normally involve 'necessity or distress' (in the words of our Royal Charter) and the possibilities are almost endless.
The RNBT is a charity (registered no. 206243) registered with the Charity Commission. It is incorporated under a Royal Charter granted on 2 May 1922.
Wide ranging financial help
Recent examples of the assistance given through Grants to Individuals include:
- Special equipment for the disabled daughter of a junior rating;
- Essential household goods for a young rating with a large family and large debts;
- A contribution to the cost of an electric scooter for a former Royal Marine aged 77;
- Assistance with university fees for the daughter of an ex-rating who died in his 40s;
- Removal expenses for a wife separated from her naval husband;
- Funeral expenses for an ex-rating.
Categories of Need - an open ended list
For general guidance we list the areas in which we often give help: we call them Categories of Need and they are shown below.
However, this is not an exhaustive - we will always consider applications from those who really need help, although there are some circumstances in which, as a matter of policy, we may not be able to assist.
The Categories of Need are:
- Medical and dental
- Respite breaks
- House repairs
- Household goods
- Council tax and rates
- Care Home Top-up fees
More than £1.2 million each year
Every year we make Grants to individuals to about 3,000 applicants. The grants vary in amount from under £100 up to several thousand pounds with the average being about £790. The total each year is more than £1.2 million.
The grants process
Each case requires the completion of an application form setting out the applicant's personal and financial circumstances. This is usually carried out by a caseworker from one of the organisations that work in conjunction with the RNBT, for example SSAFA, The Royal British Legion and the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Welfare.
The caseworker will submit the application form to the RNBT and on receipt it will be vetted by our grants administrators who will liaise with other charities if appropriate, before referring it to the Grants Committee.
The decision is made by three RNBT Grants Committee members who are themselves serving or ex-serving RN ratings or RM other ranks. They meet once a week to consider applications. Grants Administrators may also be able to award up to £600 on a case by case basis.
Criteria for the award of a grant
- You are a member of The RNBT Family
- You are in need or distress
- You need financial assistance from the RNBT to help you achieve a reasonable quality of life
(MIDSHIPMEN - The RNBT is unable to assist Midshipmen under the terms of the Royal Charter, however, financial support is available through the Officers Association who can assist through a grant, kindly provided by Seafarers UK)
How to apply
Contact the RNBT by telephone, email or letter and we will arrange for a caseworker to visit you to complete an application form.