Benevolence is an important function of the Association. Every year we make Grants to individuals. The QARANC Association Benevolent Fund awards financial grants to purchase specific goods, services or facilities for serving and retired members of the Corps, or their dependants, who are in need.
Application for Grants
Applications for grants are made predominantly through SSAFA and The Royal British Legion who have trained volunteer Caseworkers. The method of application is now standardised among the Service charities which makes the process of assessing and awarding grants more efficient. The grants are paid to these agencies for disbursement on behalf of the Association.
Please Note: The Association is unable to pay legal fees in relation to any Benevolence or Grants.
Criteria for the award of a grant
- You are in need or distress
- You need financial assistance from the QARANC Association to help you achieve a reasonable quality of life
How to apply
All cases must come to QARANC Association via local Caseworkers, this applies to serving and retired personnel. Caseworkers may represent a variety of service organisations that may include The Royal British legion (TRBL), Poppy Scotland, the Army Benevolent Fund (ABF), Soldiers, Sailors Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) and The Officers' Association.
The QARANC Association are unable to consider any direct requests from individuals, welfare officers etc. If a serving individual has a temporary cash flow problem or encounters a difficulty his Unit Chain of Command should assist as this is not a benevolence matter. Long term cases in need are more complex and may require intervention and referral to other organisations.
Officers should be advised to contact the Officers Association in the first instance and they will be advised individually. There are Caseworkers in every part of the country and a contact number should be held in the Unit or HQ. They can also be found in many civilian organisations and a number is listed at the end of this page.
A Caseworker will be allocated and will visit you at your convenience to discuss your case. They will need to take some detailed information from you in order to assess how you can best be helped. This will include financial information, housing and family circumstances which they will enter onto a Form A (this document is key and without it we are unable to proceed). It is most important that you provide as much detail as possible however difficult, as the end result is to provide you with as much assistance as possible in order for you to continue looking after yourself and your family independently. This information is confidential (it will not be shared with your Chain of Command under any circumstances) and when completed it is passed to the organisation that will deal with it which may include the QARANC Association.
On receipt a case file is set up and a case report completed by the Benevolence Manager. This can be done within 24 hours provided all the information is provided which is why the detail given to the Caseworker is vital. The case is then placed before the Association Committee, a mix of serving and retired officers and soldiers, and the committee meet every month.
A decision is made that day and if benevolence is agreed a cheque will be in the post to the Caseworker within the week. This can only be used for the specific purpose of the request and will not be made payable to an individual. It may also mean that the case is passed to other organisations that will help also.
If mobility equipment is required then it will be necessary in all cases to have a full Occupational Therapy assessment and supporting report. This is to ensure that the correct piece of equipment designed to meet your specific needs is purchased.
The committee has a guide criterion which is flexible but as it is a charity it does not include the repayment of any sort of debt nor can it provide loans.
The Association is also unable to fund services or items that are available through statutory bodies such as the National Health Service.
Contact one of the Associations below for help who will arrange for a caseworker to visit and help you to complete an application form.