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Grants for Disabled Young Adults
Choices 4 U
Choices 4 U is a small grants programme run by Marie Curie Cancer Care.
It is open to young people aged 16 to 25 years with life limiting conditions/complex health needs. Grants are to be used by young people to enhance their opportunities for choice and control over their lives.
Applications can be made by individuals or by groups of young people working together. Grants are awarded between £100 to £500 for individuals and a maximum of £1500 for groups.
To apply: Either complete the on-line application form or complete a paper version.
Development Awards - The Prince's Trust
Development awards up to £500 are available to help young people move into education, training or employment.
The grants are available to young people aged 16-25 years not in education,training and employment and young people aged 14-16 years not expected to achieve five GCSE's at grades A to C.
The grant can be used to fund items such as course fees, course materials, tools and equipment, travel costs and childcare.
To apply either complete the on-line equiry form or speak to a Prince's Trust Advisor on 0800 842842 or text “Call Me” to 07983 385418.
The Driving Ambitions Grant
The Driving Ambitions Grant is a new scheme from the Family Fund to help eligible young people aged 16 and 17 years in the first steps in learning to drive.
The grant will help fund:
- Provisional driving license
- Theory driving test
- Learning materials such as a highway code or theory test book or DVD
- First taster driving lesson
It is only available for young people who have not started to learn to drive and the Family Fund can't provide funds towards ongoing lessons.
For more information contact the Family Fund: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Young people should also look at the grants from Motability as they can help fund up to 24 driving lessons for eligible young people.
European Voluntary Service
The European Voluntary Services' (EVS) Youth in Action Programme aims to promote active citizenship and mutual understanding among young people.
The programme prioritises young people who have fewer opportunities compared to their peers through including disability, illness and chronic health conditions.
There is an inclusion strategy to ensure the inclusion of young people with special needs but it is unclear whether care/support is available for the applicant. The service lasts for a minimum of 2 weeks up to a maximum of one year.
All current vacancies are in Portugal.
Hazel's Footprints provides financial assistance to young people planning to undertake the challenge of voluntary work that benefits children in less developed countries.
It's aim is to encourage young people to improve the lives of other children in the country they visit either as part of a gap year or other voluntary work overseas. Projects must be for at least 6 months and education related.
A report of your work will be required by the charity to be used to encourage others to make a contribution.
It is open to any UK or European individual. Applications are considered on the value of the project and allocated on a first come first served basis.
To apply for an application form email: email@example.com
Lawrence Atwell's Charity
The Lawrence Atwell's Charity assists young people (16 to 26 years) from low-waged families (under £26,000 pa) who want to become qualified for a job.
It is able to offer grants towards:
- Vocational training - such as NVQ Level 3 BTEC or City and Guilds courses
- 'First Step' qualifications - to help young people become qualified for work such as Level 1 and 2 BTEC first diplomas/certificates, Access and Foundation courses.
Young people with disabilities (including mental health issues) is one of the charity's priority groups.
To find out if you are eligible to apply take the on-line eligibility quiz.
Trefoil provides personal development grants for young people aged 18 to 25 years with special needs.
The grant is available to support personal development or independence projects and activities not funded from statutory sources. Applications are accepted from individuals and groups.
Click here to download the eligibility criteria and application form.
True Colours Trust - Individual Grants
The True Colours Trust run an individual grants programme for young adults aged between 18 and 26 years who have a disability or/and a complex health need.
Grants may be used to fund household items, Play and exercise equipment, music equipment, computer and games equipment, leisure activities, hospital visits, sensory items, jet baths, holidays, removal costs and funeral expenses. Other items may also be considered if recommended by a qualified professional.
To apply: download an application form. All applications must be referred by a medical professional or social worker. Financial information on household income will be required.
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