Applications for practical support or a financial grant are available to individuals and families living in West Kent and Sussex providing they meet the criteria outlined below.

Applicants for support need to: 

  • be facing an exceptional need.
  • have done everything they can for themselves and show that they have been unable to obtain funding from any other source. 
  • be supported by someone who knows the applicant in a professional capacity such as a social worker, health worker, minister of religion, police officer, teacher or  CAB Advisor. 

If you believe you may be eligible to apply to ACT and can obtain support from  an appropriate professional then please complete the application form, pass to your referee for their agreement and send to the Trust Administrator.

Download an application form here

Situations that may give rise to exceptional need are:

  • you or someone in your family suffers from a disability or chronic sickness which gives rise to an exceptional need
  • there is, or has been, a breakdown of relationships within your family
  •  there is a serious problem with your accommodation
  • domestic upheaval because of an unforeseen calamity such as house fire, flooding or other disaster.

The above is not an exhaustive list.  What causes exceptional need  can cover a wide range of personal circumstances. ACT will look at all the factors causing pressures on you and your family and decide whether what you have asked for can make a difference to your circumstances. Support from ACT, if agreed, may take the form of the provision of the actual goods or services required or a grant of financial assistance.

Like every charity, ACT has limited funds available for distribution and we are not in a position to approve every application received.  The Trustees meet on a bi-monthly basis to review all the applications put forward. If further follow-up is required the Trust Administrator will make contact with you. ACT will write to all applicants informing of the Trustees’ decision and details of the grant, if awarded, within 60 days from receipt of application. We regret we are unable to provide specific reasons or provide feedback on individual applications where a grant is not awarded.

Recent examples of how we HAVE  helped:

  • A holiday scheme place for a child who suffers with cerebral palsy, giving mum a much needed break
  • An ipad for a young girl living in hospital for educational purposes.
  • A special needs cot to enable  some young parents to take their disabled baby home.
  • Assistance to a family to help fund accommodation at their daughters’ hospital.

For more details about how we have helped families and individuals in West Kent and Sussex please go to our Case Studies section.


By signing this application form you consent to the following:

Use of personal information
Here at the Alchemy Charitable Trust, we take your privacy seriously and will only use your personal information in relation to the charitable services you have requested from us.
Will we share your information with anyone outside the Alchemy Charitable Trust?
We will not pass your information to any other party outside Alchemy Charitable Trust, its employees or trustees, and will only use your information in relation to the charitable services you have requested.
How will we store your information and how long will we store your information?
We will store your information on secure databases within our servers. We will securely destroy all paper files as soon as they have been scanned to our servers. Our employees or trustees will have password access to the servers.
Can you find out what personal information we store?
We will provide you with all the information we store on you if requeested in writing. This information will only be sent to the person and address we hold on our file.
Your right to anonymity
If you request that we delete your information from our servers before it is automatically deleted, we will confirm to you that the information has been deleted and when this occured.