The Retreat York Benevolent Fund was established in 1919 and its primary purpose is to meet the cost of treatment at The Retreat or elsewhere where individuals are unable to meet the full fees payable because they are in "straightened circumstances". The intention in setting up the Fund was "to lessen in many Friends’ families the burden which mental affliction inevitably brings." Funds can also be used to support projects which relate directly to Quaker initiatives promoting good mental health practice.
The funds held by the Benevolent Fund (which is a separate registered charity) are entirely separate from The Retreat’s finances. The Trustees of the Fund are keen to receive applications for assistance from those who qualify.