British industry charities that offer practical and financial help

Cargo ship being unloaded in Felixstowe

Benevolent funds are charities that can help people during bad times, for example illness or unemployment. Some are regional, but many are aimed at people who work (or have worked) in a particular industry, for example merchant shipping (pictured). Partners and children can usually get help too.

Sometimes you will need to have worked in an industry for a few years to access help. You don’t always need to work in an industry directly. For example, if you are in a call centre for an insurance company, you could try an insurance benevolent fund.

The type and amount of help can vary, but it might include advice, practical help or grants for items like furniture, computers or living costs.

Some benevolent funds help in other ways, such as paying for education or offering coaching or career development. Some even run retirement homes. See the websites for more details.

The Turn2Us website has a very useful way to search for grants.

List of general benevolent funds

Miscellaneous industries


Transport & travel

Food, drink & farming

Hospitality, catering, pubs

Fishing & marine

Creative & communications

Public sector & care

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