Working in tandem with other aid agencies, Protestant Aid helps people whose difficulties have been brought to its attention through social workers, caring neighbours and local clergy.
The aim of the General Grant scheme is to give financial assistance to individuals or families at a time of acute need.
Applications are received through clergy or social workers who should give as much information as possible in their report – the clearer the pen-picture, the more generous the Charity Committee can be.
Only in exceptional cases will more than one application per client be accepted each year. All requests for financial assistance are treated with the utmost confidentiality.
Annuity Fuel Scheme
The Annuity Fuel scheme is designed to provide a heating allowance from October to March, mainly to over 65s who are living at home.
Applicant’s clergy refer all applications to Protestant Aid, and updates the Charity annually.
The grant may apply to Utilities such as electricity or Gas as well as coal and other fuels.
Annuities for the Elderly
The Annuity Grant scheme is designed to add to the quality of life of individuals or married couples aged over 65, living at home or in Sheltered Housing, through the provision of financial aid by way of a quarterly grant.
Applications should include a full case history of background, present circumstances and need.
Potential new annuitants are visited by Protestant Aid’s Manager-Charitable Services.
Applicants who own a house/property may be asked to sign a Promissory Note agreeing that the full amount received (through annuities) will be recoverable from their estate.
How to Apply
Applications may only be submitted to Protestant Aid through an applicant’s Clergy or Social Worker.
Each case is considered on an individual basis by the charitable services committee.
Protestant Aid will handle all cases brought to its attention with the same compassion and confidentiality that its founders adopted.
Schools Fees Grant
This scheme is intended to support fees only for second level students. If the application is successful, the payment will issue direct to the school/college. All applicants should be in receipt of an SEC grant.
School Expenses Grant
An additional grant for general school expenses e.g. books, uniform and travel, may be available where there is evidence of real financial hardship.
This grant, if awarded, will issue separately to the School Fees Grant and will be sent direct to the parents/guardian. Protestant Aid will assess the information within the application and allocate as necessary.
Students attending any Protestant-managed fee-paying School are eligible to apply for these grants.
I will never forget the kindness and compassion that was like an oasis in a desert of hardship during an acutely horrible time in our lives. The generosity of Protestant Aid made such a difference to our ability to cope during this awful period. From that time, we have steadily put ourselves back together having laid down more wholesome, solid foundations that we continue to build on.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Aid from Protestants rather than for Protestants.
Despite what its name might suggest, Protestant Aid operates on a strictly non-denominational basis and all cases are judged equally, regardless of religious, ethnic or social background and grants are given following reviews by its Manager-Charitable Services.