The Chemists’ Community Fund is the benevolent fund for the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). To access the benefits and services the fund offers you must hold RSC membership.
If current events are having a negative financial impact on you, your partner or dependents, such as higher energy bills, or the rising cost of living, please speak to the Chemists’ Community Fund, as we may be able to offer financial support to you and your family.
The Fund offers a completely confidential service. Please get in touch by using our online form or by phoning 0800 084 3451 (UK Freephone) or +44 1223 853549 (International).
When you need a clear next step
Our aim is to make sure you’ve got the correct information to deal with your specific situation. Once we have a few details about your circumstances, we will narrow down and recommend the services that will help you most.
Support for chemistry students: If you are an undergraduate on an RSC accredited course in the UK or Ireland and you are experiencing unexpected financial hardship, you may be eligible for a grant. We offer support to all students, so you don’t have to be a Royal Society of Chemistry member to apply.
Help when your income is affected: if income that you rely on has been impacted by a change in circumstance, we can offer regular grants to cover essential living costs.
One-off grants for the unexpected: these could cover anything from replacing a broken fridge freezer to getting your car back on the road.
Support for new graduates: it’s rare for someone to immediately find a job in their specialist field after graduating, and many people find themselves searching for longer than they hoped. Breathing space grants give you the time you need to find the role your skills deserve.
Navigating COVID-19: if you, your partner or dependants are feeling the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic – especially if it has led to changes in your regular income – please speak to us.
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Access to state benefits
Benefit information and claims: it can be hard to see a clear way forward when you are unsure of what you are entitled to. Talk to us for practical information about the claims and appeal process for state benefits you may be entitled to.
Turn2Us benefit calculator: if you live in the UK, this free online calculator will help you work out which benefits you might be able to claim.
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Budgeting & debt
Planning for retirement: if you want to make sure your finances will support you in retirement, these workshops cover retirement as well as money and wellbeing.
StepChange budgeting calculator: keep track of your income and spending and set a monthly budget with help from this free online budget calculator.
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Confidential legal guidance
We can put you in touch with experienced legal advisors for free, impartial advice on a range of subjects.
Over the phone, Law Express will be able to explain your legal position in any of these areas, and give you the information you need to take a positive step toward addressing the situation.
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