Discretionary Assistance Fund

The Discretionary Assistance Fund (DAF) in Wales replaces parts of the Social Fund previously run by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). You may know it as 'crisis loans' or 'community care grants'.

You can apply for a DAF payment if you do not have any other means of paying for what you need. They are to meet one-off costs rather than on-going expenses.

The fund offers grant payments or support for two purposes:

  • Emergency Assistance Payments to provide you with help in an emergency or when there is an immediate threat to you or someone in your family's health or wellbeing.
  • Individual assistance payments to help you or someone you care for to live independently in the community and prevent the need for institutional care.

To find out more and how to apply visit the Money Made Clear Wales website.

Last Modified: 05/12/2018 Back to top