Financial support

We know that life can be hard when you’re coping with a long term condition like kidney disease and it can affect your ability to work and to live life to the full.

If you’re a kidney patient struggling to make ends meet we can help you.

We provide individual and hardship grants to help pay for:

  • Domestic bills
  • Household items
  • Travel expenses
  • Higher education / training / qualifications

Who is eligible for Kidney Care UK grants

Our personal grants are normally available to:

  • Dialysis patients and families on low income
  • Transplant patients and those receiving conservative care, if health and quality of life is being seriously affected by your renal condition

However, these are not the only criteria. If your life has been affected by kidney disease it might still be worth applying. While we can't guarantee every application, we do our best to help where we can.

What we can fund

Financial aid: if you are on a low income we may be able to help with the cost of an outstanding domestic bill such as gas, electricity or water, or with car insurance or heating costs.

Domestic costs: we may be able to help with the purchase of domestic goods like washing machines, cookers, beds and carpets.

Travel costs: we may be able to help with travel costs to your hospital if you have to travel a long way and have no support from your unit. We are unable to help with travel costs for ongoing dialysis.

Further education and training: we may be able to help with a contribution toward the cost of training or other short educational courses that will increase employment opportunities.

Holiday or respite break costs: we give grants to individuals and families towards the cost of a basic holiday in the UK or overseas. Please note we cannot reimburse patients for holidays that have already been paid for.

Download our Applying for a grant leaflet

Before applying for a grant it's a good idea to download and read through our Applying for a grant leaflet (if you'd prefer a printed copy, please contact us).

If you are applying for a grant for a holiday or respite break, please make sure your application is sent to us at least 8 weeks before travel and/or payment is due.

If you’re a social worker or member of a kidney care team applying on behalf of a patient, please don’t hesitate to call 01420 541 424 with any questions you may have.

Applying for a Kidney Care UK grant

You’ll need to contact your kidney unit social worker or a member of the kidney care team, as all applications for financial aid should come to us on a grant form completed with their input. 

However, if no member of staff from your kidney unit is able to help, our Patient Support & Advocacy Officers can be contacted by calling the main Kidney Care UK telephone number: 01420 541 424 or emailing [email protected].

Download a Kidney Care UK Patient Grant Application Form

Help with keeping your home warm

If you struggle to keep your home warm, there may be help available.

Many UK utility companies have their own charitable trusts and there are a number of other schemes and benefits you can apply for.