The first payments from the fund set up to help victims of the London bombings have been made.
Grants of £5,000 are being made to bereaved families and £3,000 to the injured who were hospitalised, from the £5 million London Bombings Relief Charitable Fund.
These payments will be topped up later when there is a clearer idea of the needs of those affected, a spokesman said.
It will also have to take account of the funds and resources available.
The money is aimed at helping the victims and their families who may face financial uncertainty.
The main source of compensation for victims of the bombings will be the Government's statutory Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.
Murziline Parchment, interim Trustee of the Fund, said: "Our focus from day one has been to get support as quickly as possible to those who need it and these payments will give victims and their families early help."
Police family liaison officers are giving grant application forms to bereaved families they are supporting.
The fund was set up by London Mayor Ken Livingstone and the British Red Cross.