There is a range of support available on the Lightning Reach portal. We are starting with the following support providers in this early phase and will continue to add new providers over time.

Support you can apply for through the Lightning Reach portal

  • Teaching Staff Trust - supporting people who have worked in the education sector for at least five years 

  • Electrical Industries Charity - supporting people who have worked in the electrical or energy sectors, including their families

  • ABTA LifeLine - supporting people who have worked in the travel industry with an ABTA Member, ABTA itself or other organisations engaged in the sale of ABTA products, including their dependents

  • Racing Welfare - supporting people who work or who have worked in the thoroughbred racing and breeding industries, including their dependants

  • Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund - supporting members of our RAF Family providing practical, emotional, and financial support

  • Royal British Legion  - supporting members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, veterans and their families

  • Lambeth Council (coming soon) - supporting Lambeth residents facing hardship, a crisis, emergency or disaster

Support you can apply for directly with the provider

  • Licensed Trade Charity - supporting people who have worked in the licensed drinks trade (manufacturing, selling, serving or transporting alcohol) for at least five years

  • National Benevolent Charity (temporarily closed) - supporting people who are experiencing poverty or hardship with help towards buying essential items that will make a positive contribution to day-to-day well-being

  • Manchester City Council - supporting Manchester residents facing hardship, a crisis, emergency or disaster 

  • British Gas Energy Trust - supporting British Gas customers, and customers of other energy suppliers, who are struggling with their energy bills

  • United Utilities - providing support to people living in North West England who need a helping hand with their water bill payments

  • BT - providing low-cost broadband and phone packages for people who are receiving some state benefits

  • Voxi by Vodafone - providing a low-cost mobile tariff to help people who are experiencing financial hardship to stay connected

If you have applied to Ben, the automotive charity, directly for a grant, you may also be invited to connect your bank accounts via the Lightning Reach portal as part of your application.