Get the right help
CSIS Charity Fund’s main aim is to give grants and assistance to charities and organisations that support retired and serving civil and public servants and their dependants in times of need, hardship and distress. In keeping with the origins of the charity, the Fund continues to give more direct assistance to the widows of deceased CSIS policyholders.
An outline of our core grant giving activity can be found here.
Spouses and other dependants of CSIS policyholders
Ever since the charity was founded, the Fund has given direct assistance to a small number of widows of deceased CSIS policyholders. A few of our widows have been supported for many years with annual grants, and we know this help is greatly appreciated.
Individuals apply for grants designed to help with costs such essential household bills, replacing white goods, cookers etc and, in rare cases, to help clear debts.
Applicants must have their financial circumstances assessed – sometimes we refer cases to charities with which we have close working relationships, such as the Charity for Civil Servants.
This assistance is given on a purely discretionary basis, and must be applied for directly. In 2015, we were able to offer assistance totalling £30,000. It is a real pleasure to help our widows where we can (there are currently no widowers receiving our help), and we keep in regular contact with them to make sure all is well.
To apply for a grant, please click here for an application form. It can be emailed (to firstname.lastname@example.org) or printed off and posted to the Charity Fund’s Secretary, Helen Harris, at CSIS Charity Fund, 7 Colman House, King Street, Maidstone, ME14 1DD. Please contact Helen with any questions on 01622 766963.
Help for others
Unfortunately, we are too small a charity to handle the casework involved in direct support of the majority of individuals facing hardship. We can however put you in touch with other charities and not-for-profit organisations whose aims mirror our own – they may administer grants on our behalf or fund projects aimed at the families of civil and public servants.
Click here for a list of groups that may be able to help you with things such as welfare grants, information about state benefits, debt management advice and more.