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Eligibility checker

Find out if you are eligible for support

To make the best use of our limited funding and to support as many engineers as we can we assess each application individually against our savings and eligibility criteria.

We understand that sometimes savings may be set aside for an essential future expense such as home repairs or retirement so please do not let that stop you from contacting us – we will always consider this.

For financial awards, we also take into account your household income and use the Minimum Income Standards published annually by Joseph Rowntree Foundation for guidance.

If you are or used to be a member of IET/IEE/IERE, we can help support you with:

  • Legal support
  • Financial support
  • Neurodiversity support
  • Counselling and therapy grants
  • Care and disability grants
  • Housing support
  • Sleep support
  • Wellbeing hub access

If you are a student or an apprentice, we offer wellbeing support to help you complete your studies. This could include:

Eligible students who believe they may be neurodivergent can also benefit from our Engineering Neurodiverse Futures programme, offering tailored support to help you finish your studies, achieve your career goals and reach your full potential.

To apply for this programme, you must:

  • Be aged between 16-25
  • Be studying your first engineering course
  • Agree to the programme terms and conditions.

You can also join our free Differently Wired Hub for engineers, a dedicated online resource which offers expert advice, information and content on a range of neurodiverse conditions including ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Tourette’s Syndrome.

Find out more about our Engineering Neurodiverse Futures programme and our Differently Wired Hub here.

We could help support you with care-related costs if you are or ever have worked or trained in engineering and technology. This could include:

We aim to help support the wellbeing of the entire engineering community, and that includes family members too. Each situation is unique but we may be able to support:

  • Partners of IET/IEE/IERE members
  • Parents with care and disability needs who live with the eligible person
  • Children under the age of 18
  • Grandchildren (wellbeing support, and support for people living with autism)
  • Partners of deceased IET/IEE/IERE members
  • Wellbeing hub access

You do not have to be currently employed as an engineer to apply for our support. If your work is linked to engineering, you may be eligible for:

  • All our online support – Wellbeing Hub, Differently Wired Hub, webinars, app, blogs
  • Care & disability grants including neurodiversity assessments/diagnosis
  • Carer support
  • Counselling grants



How to get in touch

The best way to get in touch with us is by filling out our initial enquiry form.

What happens next?

Once you’ve completed our initial enquiry form, we'll ask you for a few more details about your specific request.

Then one of the team will get back to you within two working days.

Financial support

This is our support for day-to-day living expenses or emergency financial support.

Once we have your information, we’ll make a decision and let you know the outcome.

We’ll make the payment directly into your bank account. Our payments are classified as ‘charitable gifts’ and won’t be taken into account if you apply for any benefits.

Please get in touch with us today - we're here to support you.


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Sorry, we are temporarily unable to process requests for support.

You may submit an application, but we will be unable to respond for up to 7 days.

In the meantime, you can check if you are eligible for our support.

Our free on-demand digital support is still available, including our Wellbeing Hub, Differently Wired Hub and Foothold App. Read more about our online support.