COVID-19 Emergency Fund

Due to the incredibly large numbers of applications we have received, we have temporarily paused new applications to our Covid-19 Emergency Fund to allow us time to process and respond to all applications we have received. We thank you for your patience and look forward to opening for new applications again soon.


Given the growing impact of Coronavirus and our concern that young asylum seekers and refugees will be one of the groups most impacted, we have launched an Emergency Relief Fund to help support in the immediate health and well-being of the most at-risk and socially isolated young people.

The Emergency Relief Fund will support young refugees or asylum seekers aged 16 to 30 who are assessed as vulnerable, to help in the relief of destitution and poverty in general.

Our funds are limited, and priority will be given to young people receiving support from Hope for the Young who meet the Emergency Relief Fund criteria, in the first instance. However, the fund is open to external applications.

Young asylum seekers or refugees aged 16-30 years old based in the UK, who are vulnerable and in need of immediate financial support to help in the relief of social isolation and financial hardship during the Coronaviris pandemic.

Please note our funds are very limited however, we are committed to supporting young people for up to 12 weeks during the COVID-19 crisis with a maximum grant of £250.

Grant payments will be allocated on a case by case basis in order to respond effectively to young people’s needs. For example, this could be regular weekly or monthly payments for food or mobile phone top ups, or a one-off payment to buy a mobile device to help young people stay connected.

Here are some examples of things you can apply for:

  • Food
  • Medication
  • Toiletries
  • Mobile credit and data packages
  • Basic smart phone
  • Essential utilities

Please note, we can NOT currently pay for:

  • Laptops
  • Ongoing contracts with energy suppliers, mobile telephone companies or internet providers
  • White goods such as fridges, dishwashers, or washing machines
  • Families who are applying on behalf of their children who are under 16 years old
  • Applications for groups of young people

To apply, download the application form below by clicking on “DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORM”, (if you are having problem downloading the file, right click on the link and choose Save As). Once the file is downloaded to your computer, complete the form, save it, and send it back as an attachment to .

Once we have received the application, we will be in contact to discuss the application further. We may ask for proof of the young person’s immigration status e.g. Home Office document or a letter from their solicitor.

Due to the increasing number of applications, it may take up to TWO weeks for us to review and respond to your application.

For further details about the Emergency Relief Fund please contact the Grants and Advocacy Coordinator Pamela:  Email: Telephone: 07448 155126 (please note, her working hours are Tuesday and Wednesday from 9am – 5.30pm.)


If you would like to contribute to our Emergency Relief Fund so that we can distribute more emergency supplies to the most vulnerable young people across the UK, please consider making a DONATION to our emergency appeal on JustGiving here:

We are also trying to source laptops to donate to our most isolated young people. If you have an old laptop or know of a company who may be willing to donate equipment, please email