COVID-19

Coronavirus: Money Matters

If you work in the horseracing industry and have been affected financially by the Coronavirus, we are here to offer you monetary guidance and support. We understand that you may be experiencing a drop in income if you are self-employed, have been laid off or if you are a furloughed worker (your employer cannot cover staff costs). There are support measures in place from the government to help you and remember, if you work in racing, you are never alone; our welfare officers and advisors are here to help over the phone on 0800 6300 443.

Racing Welfare COVID-19 Grants

Racing Welfare Covid-19 grants are designed to help you if you are in need of immediate financial assistance due to the outbreak. We are offering a streamlined application process for the provision of Covid-19 hardship grants for anyone working in the British horseracing and breeding industry.


The new application process has been designed to make obtaining a grant as simple and efficient as possible. The grants have been calculated into fortnightly amounts for a single applicant (£150) and that of a family (£210). The payments are intended to cover your immediate basic needs, such as food, electricity and heating. You will be eligible for a grant if you have encountered financial difficulties as a result of the Covid-19 situation.


Before a grant application is processed, our welfare team will conduct a needs-based assessment, including supporting people to claim any benefits and other statutory entitlements. Racing Welfare’s existing grant application process remains in place to provide additional financial assistance if required.


If you are in need of support you should contact Racing Welfare directly; the charity’s regional office numbers are manned from 9am – 5pm, Monday-Friday and are as follows:


Malton: 01653 696 869
Middleham: 01969 624 123
Lambourn: 01488 670 034
Newmarket: 01638 560 763


Racing Welfare 'Return to School' Grants

Racing Welfare have recently announced it will be providing 'Return to School' grants to ease the financial burden on the racing industry's families. The grant will be awarded at £100 per child up to a maximum of four children per family. The grants are available to those who currently work (or who have lost their job/work due to Coronavirus) in the thoroughbred racing and breeding industries and who have dependent, school age children (4-18 years). This grant is awarded:

• To assist with return to school expenses such as uniform and educational equipment.

• To prevent financial difficulties for families with dependent school age children. 

To be eligible for support, parents must be working or be self-employed in the industry for a minimum of one year, or have lost their job or work or be on furlough, within the last year.  Furthermore, they must be living on or below the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Minimum Income Standard and be in receipt of Child Benefit.  The window for grant applications will be open until 30th September 2020 (or sooner if all available funds are used before this date). Visit our grants page for more information


Financial Advice

This comprehensive advice and guidance page from the Money Advice Service covers all aspects of how the Coronavirus might affect your financial situation and all the support measures available to you.

For advice on claiming benefits click here. Check this page regularly as it will continue to be updated with the arrangements the Department for Work and Pensions is making to support those who are affected by coronavirus.

Here is a comprehensive online benefits calculator and grant checker from financial support charity TURN2US.

Get Support

If you work in horseracing and you have been affected financially by COVID-19, it can be a particularly anxious and upsetting time. We can provide you with 24 hour support and give you the guidance you need. You can contact us in the following ways:


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