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Edinburgh Trust

We have launched a new Edinburgh Trust Response Fund relating to Covid-19 providing financial support for people living in Edinburgh who have lost their income as a result of the Coronavirus. Find out how to apply here.

Financial assistance and support for people in need in the City of Edinburgh


The Turn2us Edinburgh Trust

The Turn2us Edinburgh Trust provides grants to people struggling financially living in the City of Edinburgh. Our funds are dedicated entirely to helping local people on low incomes.

Thank you for processing the grant so speedily. It has enabled Steven to leave a psychiatric hospital ward and set up his own supported tenancy for the first time in his life.  I have visited him at home and seen the difference this award has made” 

Mike, Social Worker

Turn2us Edinburgh Trust Information

How we can help

The Edinburgh Trust could help in several ways:

  • Providing  a one-off grant to meet an identified need
  • Completing a welfare benefits check to ensure someone is receiving all they are entitled to
  • Signposting to other sources of support.

We’ve helped thousands of people across the City of Edinburgh. Many people come to us after having had a difficult time in life such as unemployment, physical or mental illness or other problems.

The grants we give can be used to buy household items such as cookers, washing machines, beds, fridges and carpets. We can also help people meet their essential living and travelling costs and pay bankruptcy fees.


There are some things we can’t help with. These include:

  • Private medical and dental costs
  • Prescription glasses
  • University or school fees
  • Legal fees
  • Loans
  • Business start-up costs or loans
  • Personal debts
  • Funding for full time students.

Who can apply?

Applicants must:

  • Live in Edinburgh (within the boundaries of the City of Edinburgh Council local authority area)
  • Have a low (or no) amount of accessible household savings
  • Receive means-tested welfare benefits or earnings that result in an annual household income that is below £16,000.

Funding may also be available to applicants from our newly established Edinburgh Trust Response Fund. This Fund is for people who have experienced a significant life event in the past 12 months, who are in need of some financial assistance as a result. There are specific questions relating to this on the Edinburgh Trust application form.

How do I apply?

Applying for help from the Edinburgh Trust should be done by an approved organisation.

This includes:

  • Registered charities
  • Housing  associations and statutory organisations providing social care, health care, or advice services.

The application can be made by a:

  • Support worker
  • Social worker
  • Welfare adviser
  • Debt adviser
  • Health visitor
  • Housing officer
  • Anyone carrying out a similar role to the above, within an organisation.

If you are an intermediary who is registered with Turn2us, you can make a direct online application to the Edinburgh Trust when you are logged into your intermediary account.

If you’d like to discuss an application first to check eligibility, or would like to find out more about registering as an intermediary, please contact us on the details below.

Further information

Contact us at email: or phone: 0131 243 2796.

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