Before applying to The British Benevolent Fund for a grant please read our How We Help page to see if you are eligible for a BBF grant.
If you are based in the Madrid region then please send an email to:
Include a brief explanation of your situation and why you are applying to the BBF for a grant. We will either arrange for one of our volunteers to visit you to assess the situation or we will send you an application form to complete.
Please note that if you are approaching the BBF on behalf of another individual we are unable to act until that individual has sent us written agreement (by email) that they are happy for the BBF to be involved.
Please do not apply to the BBF via the post as we have had a number of applications that have either been lost in the post or have taken a long time to reach us. We usually respond within a week to say that we have received an application, so if you do not hear from us in that time it is worth sending a second email.
Rest of Spain
Rest of Spain includes all mainland Spain outside of the Madrid region, the Balearic Islands and The Canary Islands.
The BBF is a Madrid based organisation and we have no volunteers or resources outside of the Madrid region. We are unable to accept grant applications direct from individuals based outside of Madrid. We work with other Not for Profit organisations in these areas who are able to provide local knowledge, advice and practical support and will only accept grant applications outside of Madrid from these organisations.
If you are based outside of Madrid and require a grant from the BBF then please check the list of organisations below to see which one is most appropriate for your area and situation.
The British Consulates in Spain
The British Consulates General in Spain represent the UK government and provide services to British nationals living in and visiting Spain. See below for where the Consulates are based and the areas they cover. Click on the link to take you to the webpage of each Consulate and their contact details.
Alicante Consulate: Valencia, Murcia and the province of Albacete
Barcelona Consulate: Catalonia, Aragon and Andorra
Ibiza Consulate: Ibiza and Formentera
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Consulate: Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura
Madrid Consulate: Madrid, Castilla La Mancha (except for the province of Albacete), Castilla y Leon, Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, Basque Country, Navarra, La Rioja,
Malaga Consulate: Andalucia, Ceuta and Melilla
Palma de Mallorca Consulate: Mallorca and Menorca
Santa Cruz de Tenerife Consulate: Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro
Age Care Association
Age Care Association offers help, support, information and advice. Their ultimate objective is to give support in a wide variety of ways to the older English speaking community from Benalmadena to Calahonda and beyond. For further information and contact details please check the website agecarecosta.org
Age Concern España
Age concern España provides a range of services to help with integration into Spanish life and to provide information, advice and support for common issues that affect the over 50s. Below are a list of local Age Concern Organisations (ACOs) in Spain. Click on the link to take you to the webpage of each ACO and their contact details.
Age in Spain
Founded by British people with direct experience of dealing with the changes and challenges of living in Spain, Age in Spain can help you make informed decisions through independent, accessible information and support. If you are thinking of moving to Spain, you already live in Spain, or wish to help someone who does, these services are for you.
For further information and contact details please check the website ageinspain.org
Arrels is an entity which since 1987 has been devoted to the attention of homeless people in the city of Barcelona. They have accompanied through all these years more than 9000 homeless people in their path towards autonomy, offering them housing, meals, social attention and health care.
For further information and contact details please check the website www.arrelsfundacio.org
The British Benevolent Association Girona Province
The British Benevolent Association for the Province of Girona (BBA) was set up as a registered charity in 2007 with the aim of providing practical help and support to any British or Commonwealth subject living in, staying in or passing through the Catalonian province of Girona and its Costa Brava. For more information and contact details please check the website bba-girona.org
Help International Benidorm
Help International Benidorm is a registered charitable organisation, with no political or religious affiliations, run by volunteers to provide help to residents and visitors in emergencies and times of need:
It covers the area within the boundaries of Villajoyosa, Altea, Callosa d’Ensarria and Finestrat. Contact details and more information on services provided can be found at the website help-benidorm.com.
Help Denia & Marina Alta
Help Denia & Marina Alta is a Charity which began in 1984. It is fully registered in Spain, and manned entirely by volunteers. It covers the coastal area of the Marina Alta from Denia in the north to Calpe in the south, and provides short term support and assistance to ALL people in the area when there are medical or other health related needs.
Contact details and more information on services provided can be found at the website helpofdenia.com.
Help Jalon Valley
Contact details and more information on services provided can be found at the website jalonvalleyhelp.com.
Help Vega Baja
HELP Vega Baja is a registered charity that was established over 35 years ago. They help people by providing information and supporting them with all sorts of problems within the Vega Baja area which includes La Marina and extends to Pilar de la Horadada.
Contact details and more information on services provided can be found at the website helpvegabaja.com.
La Cala Lions Club
The Lions Club of La Cala de Mijas is an English-speaking club that raises large amounts of money through its charity shops, all of which is donated to local charities and other good causes. there is a Welfare Section within the club that deals with specific individual cases of hardship or need. To contact the Welfare Officer of the club, please call Tony Bellamy on 661 386 564 or Rosalyn Rowley on 952 599 313.
La Cala Lions Club covers the area of the Mijas Municipality. Further information and contact details can be found on their website https://www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/mijaslacala/
MABS Cancer Support
|A support organisation for people suffering from any type of cancer. MABS has 3 regional groups listed below. For further information and contact details check the website at mabscancersupport.org.|
Costa Blanca North
Marina Alta North covers the towns from Denia to Calpe and North Benidorm, plus Valencia – and inland from these areas.
Costa Blanca South
Marina Alta South incorporates branches in Gran Alicant, Torrevieja and Orihuela, La Marina and Muxtamel – coastal and inland.
The Murcia groups cover the whole of the región with Mazarron focusing on the área covering Aledo in the north to Bolnuevo to Cartegena.
Murcia/Mar Menor covers all areas of Torrevieja in the north and Cartegena in the south, including La Manga with satellite branches in Murcia Northwest, Murcia.
Mijas Foreigners Department
The Mijas Foreigners’ Department of Foreigners began its journey in 1985, and was a pioneer project in Spain. During its long trajectory it has evolved and each year has increased the services available, adapting to the needs of foreign residents and residential tourists of the Mijas municipality.
This department provides a link for foreign residents to the rest of the municipal services and the public administration in general, in addition to other institutions and groups. In short, it helps and advises foreigners, facilitating their adaptation to their new environment and bringing them closer to our culture. The result is that more than 22,000 people use this service annually, which is much appreciated by foreigners being free, confidential and totally altruistic. Apart from the consultations the department organises conferences, international events, projects, excursions and much more.
For more information please visit their website www.mijas.es or contact them on the details below:
RAFA Costa Blanca
The Royal Air Forces Association is committed to providing confidential, professional and fair services to members of the wider RAF family from the youngest recruit to the oldest veteran and their families. On-going training and support for welfare volunteers and staff ensures services are consistent and of the highest possible standard. All will be treated with dignity and respect at all times.
The kind of welfare support provided by the RAF Association is wide-ranging: everything from providing home visits and respite care breaks, to offering advice and, in some circumstances, financial assistance in times of difficulty. Simply, we are here to make sure that members of the RAF Family past and present are never left alone or in need.
For more information and contact details please check the website www.rafa.org.uk/costa-blanca.
Royal British Legion in Spain
The Royal British Legion is the UK’s leading Armed Forces charity providing care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces past and present and their families. It is also the national Custodian of Remembrance and safeguards the Military Covenant between the nation and its Armed Forces. It is best known for the annual Poppy Appeal and its emblem the red poppy.
The Royal British Legion branches in Spain are here to administer and support the delivery of welfare services and the membership and fundraising activities of the Legion’s branches throughout Spain. For further information and contact details please check the website links below: