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Disability Grants News - April 2018
April 12, 2018

Welcome to the April 2018 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.

Updated Pages

Grants for Household Items

Individuals with Cancer

Grant News

Here are some of this month’s highlights….

  • Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity has new grant conditions and funding amendments.
  • The Dickie Bird Foundation provides financial assistance to help disadvantaged children and young people under 18 years participate in their chosen sport.  Grants are available towards the cost of sports clothes and equipment.
  • Over the Wall offers free therapeutic recreational activity camps for children and young people aged 8-17 years with a wide range of life limiting illnesses and conditions. Camp locations and 2018 dates can be found on their website
  • Climbing Out run a number of 5-day residential outdoor activity programmes to help young people facing life changing injury or illness. Visit their website for the 2018 programme. Young people who have completed the 5-day programme are able to apply for one of four bursaries to support towards growth and further development.
  • Applications are open from 27th April 2018 for travel grants for 2019 from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust for young people over 18 years. Closing date 18th September 2018
  •  The Adamson Trust provides financial assistance with the cost of holiday and/or respite breaks for young people aged 17 years and under with either a physical or mental disability.  Preference given to Scottish applicants.
  • The Snowdon Trust is accepting applications from students seeking support for the 2018/19 academic year.  It is open to young people with the physical or sensory disability in post 16 education.  Closing date 31st May 2018.
  • Meningitis Now helps individuals who have had meningitis and their families with a financial grant relating to a funeral, counselling, complementary therapies and creative therapies for children.
  • Parkinson's UK Take Control Grants are currently available in 4 areas of the UK to help people affected by Parkinson's improve their lives.

Community Grants

  • The 2018 NatWest Skills & Opportunities Fund is now open for voting until Friday 20 April 2018 for community groups.
  • Applications are now open for community groups to apply for funding towards projects in their local community through the Cooperative Community Fund.
  • The WH Smith Trust provides community grants up to £500 across the UK (including Scotland and Northern Ireland) from their carrier bag levy.  Applications are open 1st April to 30th September 2018.  Online application form.
  • The Will Charitable Trust makes grants to other charities working with the blind, people with learning difficulties and people suffering from Cancer.  Applications are open only to UK registered charities of all sizes.
  • Grants are available for charities in England and Wales from the Masonic Charitable Foundation working in the areas of financial hardship, disability, education and employability, social exclusion and disadvantage.  Closing date: 4th May 2018
  • The Merchant Taylors’ Consolidated Charities for the Infirm are offering grants to registered charities providing services to people living with significant disabilities or health concerns in south East London.  Closing date: 9th May 2018
  • Better Derbyshire Dales Fund have grants of up to £1,000 for revenue cost and up to £5,000 for local voluntary organisations and community groups to develop people’s health and wellbeing in their community.  Closing date: 11th May 2018
  • Gloucestershire Community Foundation is open to applications from charities and charitable groups in Gloucestershire for grant funding to help people overcome disadvantage and isolation.  Closing date: 15th May 2018

  • Discounts

  • Child burial fees have been waived in England after a campaign by Carolyn Harris MP.  This brings England in line with Wales.  Applications through local authorities. 
  • Future Learn is running an online course “Understanding Autism”.  The 6 week is offered free through the University of Kent.
  • Derby University is offering a free online short course to help in the understanding of Autism, Asperger’s and ADHD
  • Visit your favourite sea creatures at your local SEALIFE this Whitsun half term and save money when booking online.
  • Kids pass has a special offer - £2.99 for 30 day free trial

  • Check out the different railcards that can discount your train journeys.

  • Resources

  • Disability Rights have a new guide "Into HE 2018" to answer common questions about entering Higher Education in 2018. 
  • Cerebra has recently published “Improving the well-being of young children with learning disabilities: A Parent’s Guide”
  • Preparing for Adulthood have published a free download “No Place Like Home” to help people with Learning Disabilities find a housing choice right for them.
  • Crafting may help with your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing - “Crafting for Wellbeing”.

  • Please don't forget that Disability Grants is a shared resource where everyone helps each other..... So, do participate and share your knowledge and experiences.

    Help and Be Helped

    All the best

    Julia Tyrrell

    Founder of Disability Grants

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