Who We Are

The British Benevolent Fund (BBF) is one of the oldest English speaking charities in Spain with records dating back to at least 1933. It operates with the support of its Honorary President, HM Ambassador to Spain, and HM Consul General. It is run by an independent Chairman and Committee, all of whom know Spain and its people, and are very familiar with the issues British citizens living there face, be they tourists or long term residents. They donate their time and knowledge for free with no remuneration whatsoever.

The BBF works in conjunction with the British Consulates in Spain and other charitable organisations to provide financial support and other assistance to British nationals who find themselves in severe distress in Spain. It matters not whether you live here or are just visiting. The committee, which meets once a month, will consider all cases on their individual merit.

Over the years The British Benevolent Fund has helped people suffering from Alzheimer’s, mental health problems, cancer, learning disabilities, stroke and heart attack victims to name but a few. It has also helped many without any health issues who find themselves isolated and without support owing to circumstances beyond their control. Our main base is in Madrid but assistance is provided to British people throughout Spain via our partner organisations (please see the Apply for a Grant page for further information).


The covid-19 outbreak and subsequent lockdown is not only creating a medical emergency of unprecedented proportions, it is also creating a financial one for many individuals and families.

The BBF remains fully operational through this period and is responding to requests for financial assistance directly, as well as in conjunction with the British consular network and our partner charities across Spain.

If you have been affected by the current situation the BBF your application for a grant will be reviewed speedily and with understanding. 

Any donations – however small – will go towards helping British cititizens in Spain who are in financial distress. You can make a donation by bank transfer or paypal ( you dont need a paypal account for this) in the link below:


 Apply for a Grant 


Our Mission

To grant timely assistance to British citizens primarily in the Comunidad of Madrid and other areas of Spain through partner organisations

Our Vision

British citizens in Spain in need cared for with benevolence

Our Values

Care, Expediency, Impartiality, Discretion