Our role is above all one of topping up existing resources and we can help with:

  • Monthly grants towards everyday outgoings such as rent, electricity, food and heating
  • A wide range of emergency and sundry grants
  • Basic household equipment, such as bedding, ovens and fridges, and essential repairs
  • Education support grants for adults who need to learn new practical skills
  • Clothing grants for children
  • Essential dental work or new spectacles for the elderly
  • The costs of repatriation, when all else has failed.

We also send:

  • Christmas cards and grants to everyone
  • At least one heating grant, to help with the cost of fuel or to buy logs; more if the winter is harsh.

Our grants are discretionary and the amounts and duration will depend on the severity and urgency of help needed.

It is not the current policy of the trustees to make loans or to repay personal debts.

Awarding grants

If we think we can help, we will do everything we can to make life manageable again.  Each application is carefully considered, and each beneficiary is referred to a contact trustee. We work as fast as we can to send out grants, which we know are desperately needed by those we help.

All grants are monitored regularly. During interviews and home visits, we try our best to put people at their ease, to reassure and give encouragement. We keep in touch too with follow-up phone calls to check that all is well.

Where We Help

We assist British citizens throughout France.

If you need assistance, please see our Applying For Help section for more details.

And to learn more about some of the people the BCF has helped recently, you can read their stories in our Making A Difference pages.