Terrence Higgins Trust - Hardship Fund re-launched

Date: 9th March 2012

The Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is the leading HIV and sexual health charity in the UK. The Trust has re-launched its national Hardship Fund which provides financial assistance for people living with HIV who are in severe financial need.

The Fund will provide up to £1.5 million in grants over the next three years through the following three distinct funding streams:

  • Necessity Fund: Offering payments of up to £150 to those who need help with day-to-day essentials, such as food, heating, or winter clothing. People can apply once every six months up to a total of £800 in their lifetime.
  • Transition Fund: Offering payments of up to £250 to those requiring one-off support during a major life change, such as moving to a new area or waiting for a new job to start.
  • Family Fund: Offering payments of up to £150 to families, where a parent and/or a child has HIV. The Family Fund is designed to support families to meet one-off expenses, similarly to the Transition Fund.


Sir Nick Partridge, Chief Executive of Terrence Higgins Trust, said: "At a time when many people are struggling to make ends meet, the Hardship Fund will provide invaluable support to those with HIV in greatest need. Alongside stigma and discrimination, poverty is a major issue affecting many people with HIV. In fact, research tells us nearly one in three have ongoing problems getting enough money to live on."

"Grants made through the Hardship Fund might be used to help someone with basic requirements like food or winter clothing. But perhaps just as importantly, they will give Terrence Higgins Trust and our partner agencies a stronger link with those in greatest need of support, allowing us to work closely with them in the long-term to improve their situation."

Applications may be submitted at any time.