Apply For Help
Who can apply?
We take referrals and applications for financial support from professionals who have knowledge of the bereaved family and their circumstances.
This could include: Funeral Directors, Celebrant or Faith representatives, Bereavement Nurses or Midwives, Hospice Managers, General Practitioners, Local Authority Registrars, Hospital Bereavement Officers, Hospital Medical Registrars and others.
The essential question before requesting our assistance is to ask if the family can get a payment from the Government's Funeral Social Fund. This is possible if the family is on certain benefits - see below for details.
Payments from the Government's Funeral Social Fund
Families on certain benefits will get a payment from this fund. This link takes you to the form you need to complete:
Alternatively, families can apply by phone: for claims call 0845 6060265; to chase a payment, call 0845 6036967
Please Note: The Child Funeral Charity cannot help families who will receive a payment from the Social Fund. However, there are many families who do not qualify for Social Fund payments, or any other help, in these situations, we help as much as we can.
All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.
How to apply
As soon as you are made aware that family might require assistance then simply complete the application form below and send it to us. Ideally this should be before any funeral arrangements are made.
What happens after applying?
We will consider your application and respond to you with a decision within two working days. We will then contact the referrer or family directly to discuss the award and payment.
How much money is available?
The financial support that CFC can provide will be assessed on each individual case. All decisions on whether to offer financial support are made by CFC trustees and their decision is final.
How is the money paid?
The money is paid directly to the supplier of the service CFC is funding.
What will CFC fund?
- Funeral director's costs. However, in many cases, funeral directors do not charge a professional services fee or for a coffin / casket or for a vehicle for child and baby funerals. We hold information on this and can advise - please contact us.
As long as we receive the application before the funeral arrangements are finalised, and the funeral director does not provide the above free of charge, we can consider helping with the following:
- A coffin/casket - the charity can supply a good selection of coffins directly to the funeral director.
- A vehicle, such as a hearsette, suitable for transporting parents and the coffin to and from the funeral.
We can also consider providing the following items directly through our suppliers:
- A floral tribute - we can supply the floral arrangement displayed below via Interflora including delivery costs.
- Printed Order of Service sheets - following receipt of a draft copy we will contact our printing suppliers and they will confirm the content with the referrer before printing and distributing.
- A memorial plaque - a personalised dark grey granite plaque, displayed below, which is suitable for placing on a grave or other location that the family wishes. These measure 4" x 4" x 3/8" deep. Two styles are available, with a sweet pea motif or without. Wording details must be provided on the referral form as well as the delivery address.
- Cremation fees or a contribution towards internment fees (please note - this does not include the purchase of a burial plot)
- Other associated funeral costs that may be awarded at the trustees' discretion.
CFC regrets that it is unable to reimburse costs incurred for the above items, where the charity would have been able to supply these items directly, free of charge. Therefore it is important to contact us as early as possible.
CFC may also refer the family to a partner organisation where a lower fee for the relevant service has been negotiated. The Trustees have a list of "preferred suppliers" who work in support of CFC.
What the CFC will not fund
The trustees will not consider applications for a burial plot, transport (other than hearse/ hearsette), horse drawn carriages, balloons, doves, headstones, or food and drink for a wake or gathering following the funeral.