Project information

Small Grants for Emergency Essentials

Small grants for emergency essentials provides grants to children and their families living in poverty in the UK. Whether this is for a cooker to provide a hot meal, or a bed to sleep in, the grants will always reach those most in need, experiencing financial crises.

January 2013 - December 2014

Charity information

Buttle UK

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  • Need


    Nearly 4 million children live in poverty in the UK and, although we live in a welfare state, we consistently find that the state does not provide in all cases where basic needs of vulnerable children are not being met.

    Our small grants do not duplicate state provision. The available government assistance in cases referred to us is often pending, leaving a family facing extreme financial difficulty, or an insufficient amount has been granted, leaving children without the most basic of items.


    By working together with referral agencies and our experienced caseworkers, we can provide emergency essentials to children and their families in an exceptionally fast turn-around, with 70% of applications being processed within 10 working days or less, ensuring the immediate needs of our applicants are met and unnecessary stress to a child and their family is prevented.

    We work with established suppliers to make sure the money we receive is spent as effectively as possible.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide essential items for children whose development, and well being are at risk due to poverty


    » By providing a high quality, personal, and fast response to families living in crisis, when there is no one else to help, by providing financial aid.

    Success is measured by the distribution of funds to those living in poverty. We work with referral agencies to ensure that all cases are genuine and beneficiaries are most in need.

  • Impact


    The long term changes will ultimately be a reduction in applications due to the need for such items reducing. Although this is largely an external matter, we will continue to provide small grants to children and their families while the need exists.


    There is a risk that those most in need do not hear about the work of Buttle UK and the small grants programme. By monitoring which areas of the UK are likely to rely on our support the most by measuring levels of deprivation, we are able to conduct outreach work to ensure agencies and individuals are receiving the support available to them.


    All of our small grants data is recorded and made publicly available. We can restrict funding to a certain geographical area and provide financial information for spending in each area per annum.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,900

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 10 new cookers £3,500 will provide 10 new cookers for children and families unable to eat a hot meal
      £900 3 new washing machines £900 will provide washing machines for 3 families unable to provide clean clothes for their children
      £1,000 10 new beds £1000 will buy beds for 10 children without a bed to sleep in.
  • Background


    The recipients of our project are UK wide, and fund are authorised and distributed from caseworkers in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.


    People experiencing the effects of poverty in the UK will benefit from the small grants programme.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Buttle UK has been making grants for families in need since the organisation was founded in 1953. We are highly respected within the sector, and have an excellent reputation among agency staff, careworkers and other professionals who refer cases to us for assistance. All that we do is monitored, and we are transparent with the way that we work.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Hazel Sewell

    Hazel is the small grants manager. She works with referral agencies and case workers to ensure children who need our support the most receive it.