If you are a pharmacist, trainee or pharmacy student and are experiencing hardship, we may be able to provide you with financial assistance towards essential expenditure. We've also compiled a list of alternative sources for funding.
Grants for unexpected hardships
Support for pharmacists, former pharmacists and their dependents
Help with a specific one-off cost, for example, an unexpected winter fuel bill or essential minor household repair. Assistance to support mental or physical quality of life, for example, for respite care, therapy or the purchase of an aid or adaptation.
Support for trainees
Trainees facing unexpected hardship can apply for up to £3,000 during their GPhC approved placement, or whilst waiting to sit the assessment (evidence of application to sit is required).
Student hardship grant
Students can be awarded a grant of up to £1,500 per academic year if experiencing unexpected hardship due to unforeseen circumstances, such as ill health, bereavement or loss of income. Payments cannot be made towards tuition fees.
Pharmacist Support’s National Student Bursary Scheme
Once a year the charity opens its national bursary scheme to all fully accredited pharmacy schools in Great Britain.
3rd (or 4th year if undertaking a 5 year sandwich degree) MPharm students facing unexpected adversity can apply and successful applicants can receive a bursary of either £3,000 or £5,000.
To apply students must demonstrate financial hardship, outstanding and exceptional qualities to overcome an ongoing adversity, an endorsed expectation by their university of a positive contribution to pharmacy in Great Britain and sound academic performance.
Further information and dates will be announced in January 2022 detailing when the Bursary Scheme will be opened for applications.
Any grant provided by the Charity is done so at the discretion of the Charity’s Trustees and there is no statutory or other right for an individual to receive a grant.
COVID-19 financial assistance and advice
If you are currently experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID19, please check out the guidance below. Should you require urgent financial assistance, get in touch so that we can help you assess whether an application for financial assistance is the best route and discuss what other support might be available to you.
Our partners at Manchester Citizens Advice have put together some useful guidance on the benefits & financial support you may be able to access during this challenging period.
If you’ve been affected by coronavirus, you might be able to claim benefits or get more money on your current benefits.
- Click here for guidance on Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), options for if you’re self-employed or can’t claim SSP.
- Click here for guidance on what to do if your employer has told you not to work/you have been ‘furloughed’, or if you were made redundant.
- Click here for guidance on your rights to sick pay if you get coronavirus.
If you’re not a UK citizen, you might still be able to claim benefits. Click here to check the rules for the benefit you want to apply for.
Managing your bills
There are things you can do if you’re struggling to pay for things like your rent, mortgage or energy bills because of coronavirus. Click here for guidance on dealing with rent arrears, eviction processes, mortgage holidays and bill payments.
This might include:-
- help with a specific one off cost, for example, an unexpected winter fuel bill or essential minor household repair
- assistance to support mental or physical quality of life, for example, for respite care, therapy or the purchase of an aid or adaptation
- support for people struggling to manage on a very low income, for example, a top up towards care home fees or help for a pharmacist unable to work because of serious illness
- student hardship – a payment of up to £1,500 per academic year can be made to students facing unexpected hardship, due to unforeseen circumstances such as ill health, bereavement or loss of income. Payments cannot be made towards tuition fees.