Edinburgh Fire Fund Application Form

Edinburgh Fire Fund

Application from Individuals and Families affected by Fire

Please read the notes and conditions of application below

The following documents are required:

  • Proof of income – benefit award letter or 4 weekly wage slips or 2 monthly wage slips
  • Proof of tenancy/homeownership – rent book, tenancy agreement, mortgage statement, house deeds document.
  • Proof of Residential Address – 2 Utility Bills - these must be recent - within the last 3 months
  • Doctor/hospital report (for requests for support with counselling/therapy)
  • A Fire Report from Fire and Rescue Scotland (this will be obtained by ELTF)

Please enter the address the fire took place if this is different from the address above. Please ensure you provide the full address including postal code.

Please describe the incident in your own words including details of injuries, individuals involved and property damaged. Give as much detail as you can *

Are you in receipt of benefits? Please list below

Please provide a list of house contents damaged by fire; i.e. basic furniture, bedding, furnishings, clothing and white goods *

Assistance may be provided for non-structural internal damage to the property; give information about rooms that require cleaning or decorating following smoke damage

Assistance may be given for individuals who have suffered a psychological or physical trauma by providing support and advice through therapy and counselling agencies. To obtain this help, a referral must be made by your Doctor or Hospital

Application Criteria

  • Individuals and Families who are affected by fire, including physical and/or psychological trauma or through fire damage to their home
  • The applicant must be resident in the Edinburgh Local Authority Area and any need must arise as a result of a fire in the applicant’s home
  • Eligible Expenditure:
    • Household contents, essential personal effects and clothing but only if not covered by appropriate insurance
    • Redecoration (and any prior cleaning to remove smoke damage)
    • Counselling/therapy needed as a result of trauma resulting from the fire
  • Ineligible expenditure is the cost of any structural repairs or work which woudl normally be covered by a buildings insurance policy
  • ELTF will not undertake a capital means test although we will prioritise applicants on low income
  • Applicants must be in receipts of state benefit or earning up to the living wage with reference to Living Wage Foundation (currently £8.75 for a single person)
  • Applications for the fund must be made by the person directly affected by fire. A third party e.g. social worker, support worker, community nurse etc., should verify the information provided. If this is not possible, an explanation should be provided
  • Awards are made at the discretion of Trustees and their decision is final
  • Applications will normally only be accepted for fires that have occurred in the last 6 months
  • Where the incident is still under Police investigation or consideration by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS), the Trustees will defer their consideration until these organisations have satisfactorily concluded their investigations

What happens next?

  1. On receipt of your application, a representative from the Edinburgh and Lothian Trust Fund may contact you for further information and assessment
  2. Subject to satisfactory assessment, you will be asked to provide an itemised list of the items to be replaced and their costs
  3. Eligible applications will be submitted to The Edinburgh and Lothian Trust Fund Trustees for a decision
  4. Once a decision has been made, we will contact you to let you know whether or not your application has been successful
  5. Approved items will be purchased on your behalf to be delivered to you home address

Data Protection Act

The information you provide will be stored on computer records. This information will be used only to enable a decision whether a grant is approved.