Grants & funding
We might also be able to assist you financially. The type and amount of funding varies according to each individual situation but in the past we’ve awarded one-off grants towards home adaptations or unexpected costs like fridge freezers and car repairs, as well as offering respite breaks for carers, breathing space grants for recent graduates, and retraining grants to enhance employment prospects. For longer term support, our financial grants packages can help you to manage your everyday living costs for up to 12 months, while also providing other support services to help you get back on track.
Am I eligible for financial support?
- If you’re a current Royal Society of Chemistry member: you normally need to have been a member for at least three consecutive years but exceptions can be considered.
- If you’re a former member: you normally need to have resigned (rather than letting your membership lapse) after completing 10 years of membership.
In either case, your partner, children and other dependents are included in any support options.
- If you’re the partner, or other dependent of a deceased member: you can apply irrespective of membership length.
There are sometimes other criteria. For example, when applying for a breathing space grant you must be a recent graduate and it’s normally expected that you should have been a member for at least two years. However, the best way to check your eligibility is just to get in touch with us.
Student Hardship Grants
All undergraduate students, apprentices and those undertaking vocational training who are members of the RSC are eligible for support from the Fund regardless of their membership length if they are facing unexpected or exceptional circumstances. Support is tailored to each applicant based on their unique circumstances, so please get in touch to discuss your circumstances with our case specialists.
The application process
To apply for assistance, please contact our Fund team. If you qualify for funding, we’ll then send you an application form.
On the application form, we’ll ask you for information on your personal and financial circumstances. If you need help completing the application form, feel free to contact us. Once you’ve completed the form, you can submit your application by post or email – whichever is easiest. Your application will then be supported by a caseworker working solely for the Chemists’ Community Fund, and will be kept strictly confidential within the Fund team.
Our specialist will review your application to make sure that we have all the relevant information for your case. Finally, our grants committee will consider your application and make a decision.
The committee meets four times a year but if your request for financial support is urgent, the committee might be able to make a decision between meetings.
In the meantime, your caseworker will also help you explore any other support and services that might be relevant to your specific circumstances.
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