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Stepping Stone Grants

You can apply for a grant from Rees for anything which gets you out of a fix and helps you move towards your goals.

We will look at how a grant might help to make a new start or stick with what you’ve chosen to do. Our grants are small, and we can’t promise to help everyone who applies, but we will look at your application individually.

Please read all parts of this application carefully before you fill it in. It’s fine to get someone else to help you; it’s also fine to call and ask for advice before you complete your form.

Please note that we are closed on Public Holidays – (Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year’s Day)

We will have a limited service between 22nd Dec to 3rd Jan. Our priority will be to respond as soon as possible to crisis requests. If your enquiry is not urgent please expect a delay in response time.

The Rees Team thank you for your patience.

Who can apply

Anyone from England or Wales who has been ‘looked after’ and has care experience.

Terms and Conditions

Your signed application form implies acceptance of these terms and conditions:

  1. Grants must be spent for the purpose for which they are agreed
  2. You may be required to produce reasonable evidence to show how you have spent the money
  3. You may be asked to help us collect information about how helpful the money was to you
  4. At the discretion of Rees, grants may be paid directly into a bank account nominated by you or directly to the provider of the service or goods you wish to purchase
  5. You should not enter into any agreement for the purchase of goods or services which rely on the payment of a grant until we have informed you that your application has been approved.

We don’t want to pry into your life, but we need enough information to make responsible decisions, and we do ask that you complete all sections as fully as possible, including telling us a little about your time in care, providing full details of your financial situation, and giving the names of two referees who can confirm your circumstances.

Who decides?

Please read the Framework Document for more detail on what we will support, how decisions are made, and some guidance on completing this form.

How long will it take?

Applications will be processed quarterly (three monthly).  We will endeavour to deal with urgent applications more promptly where possible.

If you would prefer an offline version of the form you can download it here. Please email your application to

Grant Request

  • We need to know whether you have had any help before with this request, from us or from another fund. If you answer ‘yes’ this does not mean that we won’t consider your application. Please give details of amount & where from
  • Are you waiting to hear about any other applications you have made for help with this request? Please give details of amount applied for & where from:
  • Please tell us about: Your income (including money your partner brings in) Your savings Your outgoings (bills etc)
  • Please tell us about your bills, rent, and any other regular expenses
  • Please tell us how long you were in care for and little bit about your circumstances when you left care. What support have you had / currently have (since leaving care).
  • We may want to talk to someone who knows about your current circumstances to support your application. If possible please give us the names of two people you would be happy for us to approach.
  • If we are able to help you, we will make a transfer into your bank account.

    Please include:
    The Bank / Building Society
    Account Name:
    Account Number:
    Sort code:

    If you do not have a bank account we will make alternative arrangements for payment. Please state here any preferences relating to how the money is paid (e.g. direct to supplier)
  • Use this space to tell us anything else you want us to know which will support your application.
  • Use this space to upload anything else you think will support your application.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.


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