Support for families

What can Buttle UK help with?

Please note: Buttle UK no longer provides the Emergency Essentials Programme on behalf of BBC Children in Need. The programme has transferred to Family Fund Business Services (FFBS).

In order to submit applications to the programme, you will need to first register with FFBS to become an approved referrer. To apply, please follow the link below:
FFBS will be awarding grants from 4th June 2018.

Please note: If you have been directed here as part of our new Beds for Kids campaign you can apply for a grant for a bed here.

Our Chances for Children grants can now provide an enhanced package of support for children and young people dealing with a variety of issues ranging from, but not limited to; kinship care arrangements, domestic abuse, estrangement, physical and mental ill health and substance abuse. Read on to find out more.

General Grants

We can deliver or fund critical household items such as:

  • Gas or electric cookers
  • Essential household items, furniture and kitchen equipment
  • Clothing in exceptional or emergency situations
  • Baby equipment
  • Fridges and freezers
  • Washing machines
  • Children’s beds and bedding

Things to consider:

  • We aim to be flexible to assist those most in need, if you are unsure whether your request will meet our criteria please contact us
  • Facing financial hardship alone does not make a client eligible for our support; to be considered they need to be facing additional social welfare issues and suffering deprivation as a result.
  • Social welfare issues could include: domestic abuse, drug/alcohol misuse, estrangement, illness, distress, abuse, neglect and behavioural or mental health issues.

How we helped Hayley:

Hayley used to share a bed with a sister who tragically died, the bed was full of fleas and bed bugs and brought back bad memories. We gave her a new bed.

How we helped James and Casey:

18-year-old James took on the care of his 10-year-old sister Casey after their mum died of cancer. Still studying he was just about making ends meet, until the washing machine broke down. We helped provide a laptop as well as a new washing machine so that James could continue on his course.

How we helped Tyler, Nathalie and Susie:

Tyler, Nathalie and Susie’s parents suffer with severe depression and their home has major damp and mould problems. Not only were their beds ruined as a result, but they had no clean clothes to wear and were bullied at school because the ones they had smelt. We provided new beds and bedding and funded new school uniforms and warm clothes and hope the bullying will stop.


Buttle UK expects applicants to have exhausted all other sources of public funds before applying. You can search for your Local Authority’s Welfare Provision Scheme on the Child Poverty Action Group website. We can usually only supply one item, if your client needs more we suggest you look for other sources of charitable support using the Grant Search tool on the Turn2us website.

Please note: If all you require is help for a family to establish a home, please click the following link for Family Fund’s Emergency Essentials Programme on behalf of BBC Children in Need:

Are they eligible?

Who can we help

  • Children aged 18 or under living with parents or carers

We are unable to help

  • Children whose care is the responsibility of the local authority.
  • Adults aged 21 and over
  • Parents who are not the main carer for the child
  • Young people leaving care who can access funding under the provisions of The Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000
  • Families and young people who are non-EU residents on a student or work visa
  • Families or young people not normally resident in the UK

It is unlikely that a grant will be considered within a 12 month period of a previously successful application.

If your client is not eligible for this funding stream there are others here

Key Stats

Acceptance rate


Small grants made last year



Applications must be completed by a support worker who is part of an organisation that is supporting the family or young person and is capable of assessing their needs. Their organisation should also be able to administer and supervise the grant on our behalf.

Don't have a support worker?

Buttle UK has to work within specific criteria whilst aiming to provide a flexible grant programme to assist those most in need. Please read our criteria before applying.

Apply Here

If you are unable to access the online form