The NEU Hardship Fund is separate from the NEU Trust Fund, the charity which provides grants to members.

The National Hardship Fund was established by the Executive to provide grants to those members with no salary as a result of school closures – those on supply contracts/via agencies and on fixed term contracts that have not been renewed as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

Criteria for applications

The criteria in bold were agreed by the Executive and take effect from 22 February 2021:

  1. You have to be an in-service member of the NEU with a minimum of 12 months’ continual membership before the date of your application. Or an NQT (NQ0 or NQ1 membership type) with an active Direct Debit and three months preceding membership at the date of application; and
  2. Live in a household with less than £3,000 in savings and realisable assets;
  3. Applications for private health care and school fees and for pre-existing debt – the last to be signposted to debt charities – will be declined.
  4. It is intended that the NHF provides grants to those members with no salary as a result of school closures – those on supply contracts/via agencies and on fixed term contracts that have not been renewed as a result of the C19 crisis
  5. Grants are normally capped at £500 so that we can maximise the number of members we assist. We realise that this will not replace lost income - the grants are intended to provide immediate assistance for urgent payment.
  6. If a member is successful in receiving a payment from the hardship fund, they will not then be considered for another grant for three months from the time of payment.

In December 2020, The Executive agreed: 

Examples of support for supply teachers to include:

  • Where they have been unable to work due to school policies on minimising visitors to schools/colleges 
  • Where a member loses two weeks’ supply work when a year group/bubble is sent home and their supply arrangement ends 
  •  If they are self-isolating following a positive C19 test 

How is the fund financed?

The fund is financed by donations from districts and national funds that have been re-directed from activities cancelled as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. District donations will be deducted from the local subscription payments.

What is the application process?

Applicants are required to complete the online application form.

Supporting evidence – three months’ bank statements running up to the date of the application must be scanned or you can take a picture on your phone and send as a separate attachment or email separately with details to link up with and accompany the completed application form.

Once you have completed the form, please send it together with your three bank statements (and any other evidence you wish to include) to your branch secretary. You can find their details on your membership credentials or by clicking onto the contact us section of the website – the link is on the bottom of the application form.

Postal applications cannot be accepted. 

Each application is considered individually. No two people have the same circumstances. All information is treated in confidence.

An applicant is required to provide evidence of the need for support.  This will include details of income, expenditure and savings.  The applicant will be asked to submit bank statements for the last three months. 

The application will be assessed by a panel including executive, local officers and regional/Wales officials.

Once a completed application is received with all necessary supporting documentation, the applicant will usually receive a decision about their application within seven days.

Payment will only made by BACs payment to the member’s bank account, the details of which will be required as part of the application process.

There is no appeals process; the panel’s decision is final.

If you have any queries about the application process, please email