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Benevolent Fund

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The Benevolent Fund is a separate charity administered by the Institution of Structural Engineers. If you are a current or former IStructE member going through tough times, our Benevolent Fund is here to help.

What is the Benevolent Fund?

The Benevolent Fund was established in 1936 and since then, the Fund has been helping Institution members, former members, and their dependants, encountering financial and personal difficulties as a result of circumstances such as unemployment, illness, accident or disability, family problems, difficulties during retirement and bereavement.

How can the Benevolent Fund help me?

We offer a range of support to help those affected by issues like illness, accident, disability, unemployment and bereavement and the range of support available can include one-off grants to deal with an emergency or to pay for a specific item; regular payments to meet continuing needs; a loan for a specific purpose; advice on claiming benefits; referral to organisations offering specialist assistance and more. . Help is available to current or former members or their dependents, wherever they are in the world and assistance is given according to each person’s needs, regardless of age, class of membership (or former membership), country of residence, and, importantly, there is no requirement for an applicant to have donated to the Benevolent Fund.

If you’re in need don’t hesitate to get in touch.

We’ll quickly assess your application, arrange for a representative to contact you, and help where we can.

Contact the Benevolent Fund

If you're a member in need of support with your anxiety, stress and/or anxiety-based depression you may also be able to quickly access therapeutic support from Anxiety UK via the Institution’s Benevolent Fund.

If you are unable to access therapy/services quickly due to financial and/or other limitations, the Benevolent Fund can refer you to national charity Anxiety UK for a wellbeing assessment, and, if appropriate, Anxiety UK will recommend and provide access to talking therapy with an Anxiety UK Approved Therapist.

In these uncertain times, we expect applications to increase, the Fund encourages and is immensely grateful for donations from individuals and organisations, bequests and proceeds from fund raising events. If you do not need financial support and would like to help us fulfil increased demand, please consider donating to the Fund, every little helps, and every donation the Fund receives goes straight back out to support a colleague and their family in need