If you answer yes to the all the following questions then you are eligible to apply for financial help from the Zak Vali Foundation:
We take referrals and applications for financial support from professionals who have knowledge of the bereaved family and their circumstances in addition to the family or carer of the deceased.
This could include: Funeral Directors, Celebrant or Faith representatives, Bereavement Nurses or Midwives, Hospice Managers, General Practitioners, Local Authority Registrars, Hospital Bereavement Officers, Hospital Medical Registrars and others.
The essential question before requesting our assistance is to ask if the family can get a payment from the Government’s Funeral Social Fund. This is possible if the family is on certain benefits (the Zak Vali Foundation cannot help families who will receive a payment from the Social Fund). There are many families who do not qualify for Social Fund payments, or any other help, and in these situations, we are willing to help as much as we can.
What will The Zak Vali Foundation fund?
We are willing to fund a wide variety of services including funeral director’s costs, a coffin/casket, a vehicle (e.g. a hearsette), costs for the service itself and other associated funeral costs that may be awarded at the trustee’s discretion. If you have any specific questions then please contact us and we would be happy to discuss this in further detail.
What the The Zak Vali Foundation will not fund
The trustees will not consider applications for transport (other than hearse/ hearsette), horse drawn carriages, balloons, doves, headstones, or food and drink for a wake or gathering following the funeral.
Due to high demand for our assistance we must spend our resources wisely. Therefore, it is with regret that we are unable to reimburse the cost of any payment made which the Zak Vali Foundation could have otherwise supplied directly, free of charge. In addition to this, the trustees have a preferred list of suppliers with whom we have negotiated lower rates; if a product or service is available at a lower rate through our suppliers then we will be unable to make payment at a higher rate with another supplier.
Subsequently, it is important you contact us at the earliest time possible.