How to Apply

Applications should be made on behalf of individuals by a local authority, another charitable organisation or a non-profit organisation such as the Citizens’ Advice Bureau.

NB. Due to a recently introduced reporting requirement from HMRC, only applications stating tax residence of beneficiaries can be considered. We are required to identify the territory in which beneficiaries are resident. If UK tax resident, please say so in a prominent position on the application. If not UK tax resident, please state where tax resident, provide tax identification number or functional equivalent, date of birth, and address in a prominent position on the application. Beneficiaries must be made aware that we are obliged to pass these details to HMRC without restriction on use of the data.

As a minimum, all applications should include:

  • The full name and address of the beneficiary/ies;
  • An idea of their financial circumstances;
  • A brief history of the case;
  • An explanation of what is needed and the extent to which “poverty” is involved;
  • An estimate of the funds required and payee details – remember that we usually prefer to pay the organisation supporting the application who will then oversee correct use of any grant.
  • A list of other charities approached (if any).

You can help us make a decision by also providing the following information:

  • For medical issues, supporting medical documentation;
  • For building work, appropriate quotes;
  • For educational requirements, supporting documentation from e.g. a school;
  • Information on other assistance the beneficiary may be receiving.

Applications should be completed and submitted by post to the address below.

Please also note the following before sending your application to us:

  • We cannot accept applications made by recorded delivery or “signed for” services.
  • Please do not include any original documentation, as it cannot be returned to you.
  • We only respond if we have decided to award a grant and that it is generally not possible for us to discuss applications with callers.

The address to write to is as follows:

The Talisman Charitable Trust
Basement Office
354 Kennington Road
SE11 4LD


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