R.A.B.I – the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution – is a grant-making charity that helps farming people of all ages who are in financial difficulty.
Tailored to individual needs, confidential support is given to farmers and farm workers of all ages, including state benefits’ advice and one-off or regular grants, as well as funding for things like specialist equipment, essential household goods, and hospital travel costs.
R.A.B.I does not pay business bills but can pay for relief farm staff if, for example, someone is unable to work through illness or a family member is ill.
The charity can help with care home and home-help costs and also runs two residential homes. In addition it can pay for training to allow people to develop skills they can use to get off-farm work to supplement their income.
R.A.B.I supports up to 2,000 individuals a year with grants approaching £2 million. Its work is funded by investment income and voluntary donations.
Typically, money is raised at events arranged by county volunteer committees, businesses, community groups and our own fundraising staff; or donations come from charitable trusts and gifts in wills.