DAF GRANT: Discretionary Assistance Fund (DAF)

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Revisions to Emergency Assistance Payments (EAP) Summary
A 12-month rolling term of three payments will be available to all applicants starting on April 1, 2023. This will include every EAP award that has been given out in the last 12 months.

All EAP awards will get an inflationary increase of 11%, resulting in a higher value for these three installments. For all candidates, the 28-day gap between application deadlines will be reduced to 7 days.

These adjustments are meant to enable the fund to be used in short bursts during an emergency or crisis.

There are two grant kinds offered by the Discretionary Assistance Fund that are non-repayable.

  • Payment for Emergency Assistance (EAP)
  • A grant to assist with covering necessities like food, gas, electricity, clothes, or last-minute travel if you:
  • are going through severe financial difficulties
  • have applied for benefits after losing your job and are awaiting your first payment
  • It cannot be used to settle continuing debt that you are unable to pay.

Individual Assistance Payment (IAP): A grant to support the independent living of a care recipient or yourself in their current residence or a new property.

What the grant can be used for

Spend the award money on:

a refrigerator, stove, or washing machine, as well as other “white goods” and furnishings like couches, mattresses, and chairs

Payment for Emergency Assistance (EAP)

Grant recipients are required to:

  • be in a dire situation and require immediate financial assistance, such as when you’ve lost your job, filed for benefits and are awaiting your first payment, or you don’t have enough money to pay for gas, groceries, or electricity.
  • reside in Wales, be at least 16 years old, have no additional funds, such as savings, and have been evaluated by credit unions and other lawful and responsible lenders Individual Assistance Payment (IAP)
  • Only through an authorized partner may you apply for furniture, white goods such as refrigerators, stoves, and washing machines.

You have to:

  • occupy Wales
  • be older than 16 and without access to additional funds, having exhausted all other reasonable options for financing, such as credit unions
  • not be residing in a nursing home (unless you plan to leave in six weeks).
  • not be incarcerated (unless released within six weeks)
  • not belong to a religious order that is properly maintained

One of the following must be what you’re receiving:

  • Income-Based Income Support Job Searchers Employment and Support Allowance based on income
  • Pension Credit’s Guaranteed Credit component
  • Credit Universal

One of the following requirements must be met:

  • You are relocating from an unstable lifestyle; you are leaving a care home or institution (hospital, prison, or foster care) after a minimum of three months to live independently;
  • you wish to remain in the community instead of entering a facility;
  • you have to move quickly because of domestic violence or a relationship breakup;
  • you are taking care of a prisoner or young offender who has been released on a temporary license;

For more information, Visit DAF GRANT: Discretionary Assistance Fund (DAF) Official Website

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