Action for Kids supports disabled children and young people up to 26 years with physical and learning disabilities.
They are able to purchase mobility equipment such as custom built wheelchairs and trikes, therapeutic equipment and communication aids. The equipment remains the property of the charity as they undertake responsibility for servicing and repairs.
To apply either call their helpline 0845 300 0237 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Action for Kids also run work related learning programmes and training in essential life skills for disabled young adults. An advice and guidance service is available to support parents of disabled children.
BBC Children in Need have launched an Emergency Essentials programme to help struggling families with children's basic needs.
This might include a bed to sleep in, a cooker to provide meals, clothing, baby equipment or other essential items.
It is available to children and young people under 18 years living in the UK. Estranged, orphaned and vulnerable young people under 21 years who are living independently will also be considered.
Emergency Essentials is managed by the Buttle UK who run it along side their small grants programme.
Applications must be made by a statutory agency or charitable organisation who is able to assess the needs of the child or young person. To apply: register and complete the on-line form or e-mail to request an application form.
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The Trust provides grants to children with a hearing impairment and organisations supporting deaf children.
It will provide funding towards projects such as equipment for the hearing impaired, specialist tutition, professional advice and support for appeals.
To apply download an application form from the website.
The Boparan Charitable Trust is a new charity supporting children and young people under 18 years who live in England or Wales and are disadvantaged through poverty, disability or terminal illness.
Each application request is judged on its own merits and must be approved by an independent professional such as social worker or doctor to ensure that the child will benefit from the request.
To apply download an application pack from the website. Financial details are required and three independent quotations if you are applying for specialist equipment.
The Buttle Trust provides grants for children facing difficult circumstances. They are divided into three categories:
Caudwell Children provides funding for children under 19 years who have a disability or chronic illness
They have previously funded specialist equipment for mobility, computer access, sensory needs and medical items such as nebulisers and monitors. The charity also provides for the cost of specific therapies and treatments.
To apply complete the on-line application form. Financial information is required as funding is only given to to families whose income is less than £45,000 gross a year.
Caudwell children also funds and organises group holidays for children with a life-threatening condition.
Cerebra supports children under 16 years who have a brain injury, neurological disorder, mental disability or developmental problem.
Their grant scheme funds 80% of the cost of a range of equipment or resources that will improve the quality of the child's life. For example, they have previously funded specially adapted trikes, wheelchairs, buggies, sensory toys and certain therapies in the UK.
Cerebra also have a holiday home in Pembrokeshire, West Wales. To apply your child must be 16 or under at the time of the holiday and receive DLA. They are now accepting application for 2014. The deadline for applications is 31st July 2013.
Funds are also available for their Wills and Trusts Voucher Scheme that provides £350 towards making a will and discretionary trust for your disabled child when you are no longer around. Your child must be aged 16 years or under and receive either middle or higher rate Disability Living Allowance.
Grant forms can be downloaded from their website.
CBIT offers support to children with Aquired Brain Injury and their families.
The Trust has a small grants programme (£100 max per child) to enable the child with Aquired Brain Injury and their siblings to be involved in social activities.
The grant may be used for items such as equipment or materials for a fun activity, a taxi to a social event, a training course, a day trip or to start a new hobby.
To apply, download the on-line application form (filled in by the child - if possible) and returned to the charity. Support from a relevant professional is required.
Children Today helps disabled children and young people up to the age of 25. They provide grants for specialist equipment and aids such as communication aids, educational toys, trikes, lifting equipment and electric wheelchairs.
Applications must be made direct by the applicant, their parents or guardian by calling 01244-335622 to discuss their application. All applications are means tested.
The Children's Heart Federation provides information and practical support to children and young people with congenital and acquired heart conditions and their families.
Professionals such as cardiac nurses, social workers or advice workers are able to apply for grants towards specialist equipment and unexpected family costs such as travel expenses to hospital for families with children who have heart conditions.
To apply: After reading the detailed criteria for application sponsoring professionals must use the on-line application form confirming that the child is a suitable recipient.
The Federation also organises family trips and respite.
The Hope Foundation aims to improve the lives of children and young people affected by illness, disability or poverty.
They provide funding for anything (with a few exceptions) that will benefit the child such as medical equipment, computers, holidays and days out.
To apply download the on-line application form. Financial details are required.
Chips, the charity of the casino and gaming industry provides specialised powered wheelchairs for children and young people who may have a short life span.
It will only fund powered wheelchairs not provided by the NHS.
Applications can be made using the on-line application form. Each application is considered on it's own merits and depends on available funds at the time of the application.
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