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


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 a grant.

Our secure online portal allows you to find and apply for support from multiple providers, quickly and easily.

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 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 Application Portal

This is why we have set up an innovative portal which uses trusted and secure technology to make it easy to find and apply for financial grants. We’re collaborating with a range of partners so you have the chance to apply for support from multiple providers, whenever you need it.

Beta Launch 

We are opening up our early beta version to a limited number of people and support partners. This means there may not initially be a support match for you - but by signing up and completing your profile now, you can help us find the right support for you in the future as we continue to add new partners. 

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How does it work?

An easy 3-step process to find and apply for grants 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 a grant from one or more of our partners


Provide supporting evidence and submit your application for available grant(s)




“I have seen so many forms for applications which are usually complicated...This makes it simpler and a lot more user friendly." 


Support Partners

We are starting with the following partners in our beta phase and will continue to add new partners over time. Check if you’re eligible to apply for any of their grants by signing up and completing your profile.

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Who are Lightning?

About Lightning Social Ventures

​Founded in response to the pandemic, Lightning is a social impact startup that aims to enable anyone facing financial hardship to receive support, recover from shocks and achieve financial wellbeing. We use modern, trusted and secure technology to make the support application process as quick and safe as possible for you.


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. 


Are you a support worker or agency?

This version of the application 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 developing the functionality to enable support organisations to apply on behalf of their clients, and are working closely with the sector to do this. If you’d be interested in being involved, we’d love to hear from you.