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Helping you to get the financial support you need

If you're struggling financially and need help with money, you may be eligible to apply for support such as grants, benefits, help with bills and local schemes.

The secure Lightning Reach portal allows you to find and apply for support from multiple providers, quickly and easily.

The portal is currently open to individuals. If you are a support worker or agency click here

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Are you a support worker?

We're here to help, not to judge

Have your finances taken a knock recently or are you worried about making ends meet? 

  • Increasing bills and cost of living

  • Loss of work, income or other financial shocks

  • Universal Credit cuts (or awaiting benefits)

At Lightning Reach we understand the financial pressures many people are currently facing.


No matter what the reason, we’re here to help you find and access the support you need to get on the road to financial recovery.

Introducing the Lightning Reach Portal

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The Lightning Reach portal uses trusted and secure technology to make it easy to find and apply for financial support. We’re collaborating with a range of partners across the UK so you can apply for personalised support from multiple providers, whenever you need it.

How does it work?

An easy 3-step process to find and apply for support from a single portal. It’s free, secure and takes just minutes to complete.


Sign up

Create a one-time profile which can be used to access a range of support


Support Match

Check if you are eligible to apply for support from one or more of our providers


Provide supporting evidence and submit your application for available support


Support providers

We currently have over 1,500 support schemes on the portal and will continue to add new providers over time.

Check if you’re eligible to apply for any of their support by signing up and completing your profile. In many cases you can apply for our partners' support schemes directly through the portal, and for other schemes you can apply through their own websites. Our partners include the following:



Smallwood Trust Grant Recipient 

“The grant helped to tide me over while I was looking for a new job, and took away the stress of needing to pay my mortgage. [This new portal] just streamlines the application process and I would definitely recommend it to anyone. It makes everything so much easier and it saves time.”

*not her real name

Need urgent help?

We understand that you might be facing urgent and difficult circumstances, and may require some immediate assistance or advice. You may find this list of emergency assistance and support helpful. 

Support/ Agency

Are you a support worker or agency?

This version of the application portal is set up for individuals to complete a profile and apply for support directly. If you are a support worker or agency you are welcome to signpost your clients to try the portal, or to assist them in completing a profile and application. 

We are piloting the functionality to enable support organisations to create accounts on behalf of their clients. If you'd like to join the waiting list to be notified when this is available, please register your interest below.

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