For Individuals

Let’s show the nicer side of human nature by supporting others that have been injured – PC David Rathband


All of our grants are available to all operational personnel of the United Kingdom’s Police, Fire and Ambulance services who work on either a full-time, part-time or voluntary basis, who become injured whilst carrying out their duty.

We have four types of grants available, each focusing on offering support in different ways from recouping expenses to physical rehabilitation. Please take a few moments to read the information on this page about what these are and what they could potentially do for you .

If you are unsure as to how we might be able to help you, please get in touch and one of our team will be happy to discuss your case with you in confidence and without obligation.

These grants are to allow incapacitated and seriously injured personnel to get their independence back and to ensure some normality and quality of life is regained as quickly as possible. A re-enablement grant is suited to those who are or have been unable to work for a long period of time as a result of an injury, or if they have been medically retried from the job. This grant will help to relieve financial burdens and allow the family to get their life back on track following a serious injury. Re-enablement grants are a fixed sum that is agreed depending on the level of injury and needs of the applicant.

Specialist grants are available to help transform the lives of seriously injured and incapacitated personnel by enabling relevant adaptations and/or treatment to suit their particular needs. These grants support those with physical and mental conditions, and could contribute towards specialist equipment, the cost of bills or training, and a wide variety of other purposes. Specialist grants are a fixed sum that is outlined by the applicant and agreed with by us during the application process.

Our immediate support grants allow the recipients to claim back the expenses that were incurred during the immediate aftermath of their injury. Immediate support grants are a fixed sum that is agreed by the Trustees based upon the evidence provided during the application process. Please note that it is not compulsory to submit receipts when submitting a claim, although they would be beneficial for us to have. There is also no minimum claim back amount.

When a loved one dies, a bereavement grant helps to relieve the financial burden that can arise. The primary purpose of the grant is to contribute towards immediate, probably funeral, expenses. The Trustees’ current policy is to, wherever possible, pay the grant to the funeral director. In the event that the grant is more than sufficient to meet funeral expenses, payment will be made to the person responsible for funeral costs.

You do not have to be a member of the Foundation or have contributed in order to be eligible for a grant. Applications can be submitted at any time, but must be made within six months of the date that the injury was sustained, unless the Board of Trustees agrees an extension of time in exceptional circumstances. We will accept applications filled in by a nominated person if for whatever reason the claimant is not able to complete the application.

The Board of Trustees has a responsibility to set and regularly review the criteria on which financial support is made. Each request for assistance is considered on its merit in accordance with the grants criteria. An application that results in financial support being given has no influence on the eligibility of any future application the beneficiary may make and should not be looked upon as a guarantee of future support.  

PC David Rathband’s Blue Lamp Foundation is also part of Police Charities UK which lists all charities which support the Police in one place.  To find out more information and about other charities which support the Police, click here.