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 Self-Isolation Grants

Racing Welfare are providing self-isolation grants to anyone in the racing industry whose ability to work has been affected as a result of being advised to self-isolate.


The self-isolation grants, funded by the John Pearce Foundation will be awarded at a standard £500 per person and will aim to ease the financial burden on those whose regular income has been negatively affected by having to self-isolate.


Applications for self-isolation grants are now open and payment can be awarded to anyone required to self-isolate from the 28th September 2020. 


The eligibility criteria is detailed below:


  • You are currently employed in the racing and thoroughbred breeding industry.

  • You have been advised to self-isolate following:


a) A positive test for Covid19

b) Contact from NHS Test and Trace advising you to self-isolate

c) An NHS isolation note

d) Request to do so from your employer or another medical health care professional


  • You are not entitled to the Governments Self-isolation support scheme. If you are in receipt of any of the following benefits and self-isolating then contact your local authority to apply: Universal Credit, Working Tax Credits, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Pension Credit or Housing Benefit.

  • You are in receipt of Statutory Sick Pay

If you would like to apply for the grant 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 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



Financial Advice

Covid-19 has drastically changed our lifestyles and the way we live and work. Acknowledging these difficult times can cause stress, anxiety, sadness and fear in many people. Many of us face financial pressures with lower incomes and no time scale of when they could return.

Racing Welfare are working hard to support everyone in racing and to help minimise the impact of Covid-19. There are benefits you may be entitled to if you're unemployed, have been made redundant, are off work due to sickness, or on a low income. You could be eligible for universal credit, a means-tested benefit to help you meet your basic living costs.

You could work for an employer, be self-employed, have been recently furloughed or made redundant, or have had a reduction in wages, and still apply. (Warning – Claiming Universal Credit may mean you lose other benefits you currently receive, such as Tax Credits). Seek advice before you apply.

Here is a comprehensive online benefits calculator and grant checker from financial support charity TURN2US to help you and don't hesitate to contact us if you need further support.

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: