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CILIP Benevolent Fund


CILIP Benevolent Fund

The CILIP Benevolent Fund, which is an independent charity (Charity Commission 237352) with its own Trustees, exists to help CILIP (LA/IIS) colleagues and their families who have fallen on hard times or have been faced with unexpected financial difficulties.

Benevolent Fund support during COVID-19

The CILIP Benevolent Fund Trustees have agreed an emergency interim policy to ensure that we are able to maximise the support available to CILIP members during the disruption caused by COVID-19 and coronavirus.

The key elements of our interim support are:

  • Support from the CILIP Benevolent Fund will be prioritised for current CILIP members;

  • The Benevolent Fund has released an additional fund from our reserves of up to £150,000 to support CILIP members experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, financial hardship due to COVID-19;

  • In order to be able to support as many people as possible, we have applied a limit of a maximum of £500 per applicant;

  • We have simplified and streamlined the application process in order to be able to provide urgent support as and when needed

The interim policy is being regularly reviewed.

Helping you

How the CILIP Benevolent Fund can help

It can help with any unusual or unexpected expenses that may be causing anxiety and hardship. For example, urgent house repairs; the replacement of necessary household equipment; unexpectedly large heating bills which a member in difficulties might find it impossible to cope with; bank overdrafts or other debts that have accumulated unavoidably on account of illness. These are only limited examples from the very wide range of difficulties which the fund has been able to help resolve.

How to apply for help

The Trustees usually meet three or four times a year, but have made arrangements so that they can act immediately and urgently between meetings. The usual procedure is for applicants to contact the Fund outlining their difficulties. It is important to emphasise that the business of the Fund is conducted with strict confidentiality. With the agreement of the applicant, a telephone call or a visit may be arranged to discuss the difficulty with the client and the way in which the Fund can best help resolve it. On the basis of this and the information derived from it, the Chair, after consulting fellow Trustees, will take a decision, usually within a few days.

During the emergency implementation of our COVID-19 policy, we have limited the amount of supporting documentation required per application. Please ensure that you provide as much information as possible in your submission to enable us to reach a rapid decision.

Applicants are asked to supply their CILIP Membership Number in support of their application.

What else the CILIP Benevolent Fund can do

The Fund, as a result of its considerable experience, has built up contacts with a wide range of charities and other bodies, and has been able to supplement the help it gives members by additional help from these other bodies.


You can find testimonials from recipients of the Benevolent Fund's grants here.

Applying to the Fund

You can submit your application to the CILIP Benevolent Fund via the online application form.

Please note: during the disruption arising from coronavirus and COVID-19, we encourage applicants to apply online to avoid a delay to the processing of your application. If you have any technical questions concerning the application process, please email them to

Supporting us

At the time of your subscription renewal you can include a donation to the Fund by completing the Benevolent Fund box on the renewal form. You can also make a donation at any time by donating online or by using the donation form contained in the Benevolent Fund leaflet. You may also be interested in making a bequest to the Fund for which a separate guidance document, A Will to Help is available.

About us

Support during COVID-19
Meeting Documents
Annual Report
Privacy Policy
Benevolent Fund leaflet
A will to help

Contact us

Correspondence may be sent by post to:

Chair, CILIP Benevolent Fund
7 Ridgmount Street

or email

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