Hardship grants are available for UK residents only. For student applications only, for tuition fees or living expenses, grants are capped at £2,500.
The application form has six sections.
Section 1 – who is making this application?
If you are applying on behalf of someone else, please complete the following contact details. Please answer all other questions as the individual for whom support is sought.
Section 2 – About you
In this section, we ask for your personal details such as address, email and contact number. You will be required to upload proof of ID (a current photo driving licence or a passport).
Make sure that you provide us with the correct email address, as we will use this to contact you regarding your outcome.
Other details such as sex, age range and highest education level are used for data purposes only and will not impact your application.
Section 3 – Your Needs
You will need to provide a full breakdown of the financial support you are requesting.
Each person’s circumstance is unique and numbers alone do not determine genuine financial need. We would like to learn more about why you are applying for funding. Please use the opportunity to elaborate on your current living situation and financial circumstances. Please use the following questions as a guide:
- An overview of your life, including your current living situation and what you have been doing in the last few years.
- An overview of your financial circumstances, including why you are in financial need.
- If you are currently unemployed, please tell us more about how you support yourself.
- What has led you to apply for a hardship grant from the COSARAF Foundation.
Section 4 – Your Financial Position
In order to demonstrate that you are in genuine financial need and require financial assistance we require you to submit your finances.
We ask for monthly income and expenditure. We also ask if you have any debt or savings.
If you are employed/self-employed, please tell us about YOUR income and expenditure. If you are unemployed, not earning income or under 18, please tell us about your HOUSEHOLD income and expenditure.
Please make sure the figures you submit are accurate and up-to-date.
Section 5 – Supporting documents
In this section you will need to provide proof of ID (i.e. photo ID, passport or driving license).
If you wish to share other documents relating to your application, please do so here. We may ask you to clarify any discrepancies in your financial position.
Section 6 – Declarations
Please fully complete the declarations in this section.
As noted in the application form, the Foundation supports those in need of help from all faith and none. Some of the Foundation’s income, however, comes from payments made annually under Islamic law, known as ‘Zakat’, that are used for charitable and religious purposes. The Foundation’s Zakat Distribution Policy sets out the agreed uses for these funds, including the restriction that such funds be used to support Muslims only.
We ask applicants to state whether they wish to receive support from these Zakat funds or from its other funds. For those seeking support from the Foundation’s Zakat Funds, we ask that you confirm that you understand that this is the source of the funds and also to confirm your faith. It is important to note that the Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of faith and these declarations are about ensuring that the funds we receive through Zakat donations are applied appropriately.