Apply for financial support

From debt advice to emergency grants due to illness, life-changing disability, unemployment and family crisis, we're here to help. Every application for support is assessed in complete confidence on its individual merit, without judgement or prejudice against specific criteria, and help will be provided wherever possible.

FINANCIAL GRANT APPLICATIONS PAUSED 

DUE TO EXCEPTIONALLY HIGH DEMAND, APPLICATIONS FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED TO ALLOW THE TEAM TIME TO WORK THROUGH THE CURRENT APPLICATIONS RECEIVED.  

We understand how detrimental financial hardship can be to someone's mental health and well-being, and that's why we can provide financial assistance to drinks and hospitality professionals who have fallen on hard times. Whilst the applications for financial support are suspended, please reach out to our Support Line, which is available 24/7, completely free of charge and can be accessed by anyone in the industry.  

CALL: 0800 9154610 

EMAIL: SUPPORTLINE@DRINKSTRUST.ORG.UK 

WHATSAPP “HI” TO 07418 360 780 

The past few years have been particularly challenging for our drinks and hospitality industry community.

If you’ve fallen on hard times, we’re here to assist

Our aim is to provide care and support to people who form the drinks hospitality industry workforce, both past and present. The Drinks Trust provides individuals with services with the intention of improving the circumstances of those who receive them.

HOW WE HELP

We can provide hardship grants to people experiencing financial difficulties, contributing to costs such as rent, essential transport, medical care, funeral costs, disability aids, and more. We are also able to provide retailer vouchers for essentials groceries, white goods, and household appliances.

APPLICATION PROCESS

We accept applications for financial support through our website.

The online application form takes about 30 minutes to complete, and requires you to have official documents and information to hand, such as your National Insurance number, proof of past or current employment in the drinks hospitality industry, and records of your recent income.

Every application for support is assessed in complete confidence, without judgement or prejudice. We provide help wherever possible.

PLEASE READ BELOW WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT, DOCUMENTS NEEDED AND WHY WE USE OPEN BANKING TOOL.

BEFORE YOU START

Before you start your application form to receive financial support from The Drinks Trust, you'll need official documents and information to complete your application. Please make sure that you have all of the required documents to hand before you start. You will NOT be able to save a partially completed application form.

The application process will take about 30 minutes to complete, so make sure you have enough time as once you have begun, it cannot be saved. If you log off you will be asked to start again from the beginning.

DOCUMENTS NEEDED
  • Your National Insurance Number
  • Your net income for the last three months
  • You must be able to demonstrate that you have worked, or have been working, in the industry for 2 years. You must be able to supply evidence such as: 
  1. a payslip per year worked in the industry
  2. P60 for each year of worked within the industry to demonstrate 2 years
  3. an official employment letter clearly stating the employment dates (beginning and end)
  • You will also need to give us copies of any relevant documents, including bills that you need help with (i.e. council taxes, utility bills, etc)
  • When appropriate, the charity will pay any money awarded directly to the source of debt (e.g. landlord/utility company) so we will need the supplier or landlord/housing bank details or your bank details where any financial grant should be paid if it will be paid directly to you
  • The financial assessment will be processed through Open Banking. Please read carefully the Open Banking section below as we will not accept applications submitted without the use of Open Banking unless the exception was granted by our Welfare Team
WHO WE HELP

Our financial support is available to all members of the UK drinks hospitality industry, both past and present, working in any role and segment. However, to qualify for financial support, applicants must be able to demonstrate hardship.

The Drinks Trust is also able to help immediate family, on a case by case basis

QUALIFYING SECTORS

Applicants must be able to demonstrate time having worked for a business that derives all, or some of it’s income from the sale of alcohol in any aspect of the drinks industry including:

 

  • Beer / Wine / Spirits / Cider / No & Low / Any drink part of the adult drinking repertoire
  • In any organisation in the drinks industry from point of production to point of sale, including education and media
  • On trade
  • Independent retailer
QUALIFYING JOB ROLES
  • Any role involving production, distribution, sales, marketing and promotion of adult drinks
  • From point of production to point of sale in the adult drinks repertoire.
LENGTH OF TIME IN THE INDUSTRY

Applicants must be able to demonstrate an appropriate length of service. Criteria varies according to support being applied for as follows:

  • Emergency Grant: Must currently work, or have worked for 1 Year full time OR part-time in the drinks hospitality industry at some point in their career
  • Further Financial Support: Must currently work, or have worked for 2 years full-time or part-time at any point during their career in the drinks hospitality industry
CURRENT WORKING SITUATION

Applicants in any of the following situations will be considered for financial support:

  • Working
  • Furloughed / Redundant
  • Retired
  • Unemployed
  • Claiming benefits
FINANCIAL SITUATION
  • Applicants for financial support must be able to demonstrate hardship. The Drinks Trust use the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Minimum Income Standards calculator but as a guideline only. Each application is assessed based on individual financial circumstances
  • Applicants will NOT be eligible for an emergency grant if they have savings of £1000 or more
  • Where applicants for further financial support have savings, priority will be given to those who have £2000 or less
  • Value of applicants’ house is not considered when assessing eligibility
  • Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible to apply
  • The financial assessment will be processed through Open Banking. Please read carefully below
FAMILY MEMBERS
  • The Drinks Trust may be able to help immediate family, on a case-by-case basis with the exception of educational grants which are not open to immediate family.
  • The Charity is not able to offer support for divorced or separated partners based on their ex-partners’ service but will consider support for dependents in any circumstances. Assessed on an individual basis.
OPEN BANKING

During the application process, you will be asked to give permission for us to read every bank and savings account at your name through Open Banking. Please read carefully the Open Banking Tool document

Open Banking is a new tool that helps make us better, safer and faster decisions when assessing grant applications. By having access to 12 months of activity on your main current account we avoid having to ask you to send your bank statements, payslips and bank details. This is the way we use to assess grant applications, so we had the same information, but it took long periods of time to look through it all, which is costly and means we spend more money and time assessing when we could be giving it away as grants.

So please trust in us to look after your information safely and confidentially and make better, safer and faster decisions on how we can help.

If you do not wish to use Open Banking, you must contact our Welfare Team prior to submitting your application to receive further instructions on the process. We will not accept applications submitted without the use of Open Banking unless the exception was granted by our Welfare Team. 

WELFARE POLICY

Further information about the support provided can be found in our Welfare Policy. If you have any queries, please email The Drinks Trust Welfare Team.

ASSESSMENT TIMELINE

The financial application assessment process normally takes around 2-4 weeks.

FINANCIAL GRANT APPLICATIONS PAUSED 

DUE TO EXCEPTIONALLY HIGH DEMAND, APPLICATIONS FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED TO ALLOW THE TEAM TIME TO WORK THROUGH THE CURRENT APPLICATIONS RECEIVED.   

We understand how detrimental financial hardship can be to someone's mental health and well-being, and that's why we can provide financial assistance to drinks and hospitality professionals who have fallen on hard times. Whilst the applications for financial support are suspended, please reach out to our Support Line, which is available 24/7, completely free of charge and can be accessed by anyone in the industry.  

CALL: 0800 9154610 

EMAIL: SUPPORTLINE@DRINKSTRUST.ORG.UK 

WHATSAPP “HI” TO 00 353 87 369 0010