The Deakin and Withers Fund

Established in 1852, the Deakin & Withers Fund was founded thanks to the legacy of Thomas Deakin, a Sheffield businessman. Now, the fund is administered by SYCF and we are dedicated to ensuring that legacy can continue to help people.

Who Can Apply?

  • Single, divorced, or widowed women over 40, who are in need or hardship


  • Applicants must be active members of a church – 1000’s of churches are eligible: Anglican, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Baptistic, Pentecostal, Reformed, Lutheran, Salvation Army, Religious Society of Friends (Quaker), Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, African-instituted – are just some of those who are eligible.
    Please go to the Churches Together website for the full list.

We do not fund:

  • Anything already paid for
  • Holidays

Do you need help with?

  • utility bills
  • household items

How much can you apply for?

Up to £750 per application per year.

Read a case study on how the Deakin and Withers Fund has helped those in need > 

How to apply?

For more information, please read the information sheet
Deakin & Withers Guidelines Sheet

If you want to make an application to the fund then download the: Application Form to fill in and return it to SYCF.


Helpful resources:

This fund is not a crisis fund and it is not intended to provide a regular income.

We advise:

  • You go to your local Citizens Advice Bureau or equivalent organisation to receive free, impartial advice and practical help with any financial issues.
  • You ensure that you are receiving any/all state benefits to which you are entitled.
  • For help with benefit claims, you can seek advice and support from a Citizens Advice Bureau or your local council.
  • You may also find it useful to check the Turn2Us website – or the Christian’s Against Poverty website –

Could your Church or centre help promote the Deakin and Withers Fund?

SYCF is currently trying to spread awareness of this funding opportunity so Churches can share it with their members. We want more people to be able to benefit from this fund and your help spreading the word could make a big difference to people’s lives!

You can help by downloading our poster to put on display at your Church or centre by clicking here.

If you think you could help then email so we can provide you with the information you need.