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Disability Grants News - April/May 2019
May 01, 2019

Welcome to the April/May 2019 edition of Disability Grants News - a monthly round up of highlights on the Disability Grants website and resources for anyone with a disability, caring for or working with disabled adults or children.

Grant News

Here are some of this months updates and additions.... 


  • Action for Kids has changed its name to “My AFK”.  It provides mobility equipment not available on the NHS to disabled children and young people up the age 25 years across the UK.



  • Daytrippers offers funding support to children and young people aged 5 to 25 years with disabilities and life limiting conditions.



  • The MS Society offers support grants for young carers of individuals with Multiple Sclerosis - up to £300 (15 years and younger) and £1,000 for young adult carers (16 to 24 years).


  • Working parents with children aged under 12, or under 17 for disabled children may be eligible for up to £2000 towards their childcare costs with tax-free childcare.  Check the Childcare Choices website for eligibility.


  • The Teaching Staff Trust provides advice and financial support to people working or have retired from working in education for under 19s.   This includes teaching assistants and lunchtime supervisors.



  • Amelia’s Rainbow provides grants and holiday opportunities to children in Dorset living with life-limiting, serious chronic and terminal illness.


  • Grants towards specialised equipment and education for disabled young people under 21 years living in Coventry city and Warwickshire from the Snowball Trust.



  • The ILF Scotland Transition Fund provides funding for up to one year to support disabled young people aged 16-21 years living in Scotland with the transition after leaving school or children's services.  


  • Carers of adults in Scotland who are financially dependent on them may be eligible for a Dependants grant of up to £2,640 a year to help with skill training for work.


  • Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland provides support and information to individuals and their families across Scotland with chest, heart and stroke conditions.


  • The Cancer Fund for Children in Northern Ireland helps children and their families with support at home, in their community and at their therapeutic short break and residential centre in Newcastle Co.Down.


  • Tesco working with the Groundwork charity are offering funding for local community projects up to £4,000.  To apply groups must complete the online eligibility quiz.


  • The holiday grants programme from the Henry Smith Charity provides grants for recreational trips and holidays for groups of children aged 13 and under in the UK who are disabled or disadvantaged.



  • From Disability Rights….
    Into Higher Education 2019 Guide for anyone with a health condition, learning difficulty or disability thinking about studying in higher education starting September 2019.


  • Disability Rights Handbook 2019/20 is now available for pre-order.  Essential information on the benefits for people living with  health conditions and disability in the UK


  • Contact provides online advice and information about raising a child with additional needs – from diagnosis, entitlement to services and benefits, to childcare and support when your child is at school or college. Check out their Common Questions tool.


  • My Hospital Passport is a free download from the Autistic Society to help autistic people communicate their needs to doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. 


  • Check out our collection of template letters from different organisations on a range of topics and letters on specific disability laws and issues.



  • Carers Allowance has increased to £66.15 a week with an earnings limit of £123 a week after tax and expenses.


  • A handy person adaptation service is operating for the disabled and people over 60 years living in Nottinghamshire (except the City of Nottingham).  Cost of small jobs £15 such as fixing curtain poles or putting up shelves.  Check your local council’s website as this scheme may be replicated in other areas. 



  • Kids Pass are offering a 30 day trial for £1 of their Kids Pass membership.  This gives discounts on family days out, cinemas and restaurants. If you purchase a Kids Pass Disability Grants receives a small remuneration from the sale.

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All the best

Julia Tyrrell

Founder of Disability Grants

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