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Grants for Children
and Young People

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Kids Direct Short Breaks

Kids Direct provides a short break service for disabled children and young people up to 25 years.

It can provide a carer to support the child or young person on a day trip or outing depending on what they want to do.

For carers it's an opportunity for a short break which can be from 1 hour to a full day.

Unfortunately, the service is not available across the country but the charity is expanding.

To further information and to apply e-mail the charity direct:

To find out more about Kids Direct Short Break watch this video:


Kidsout helps children and young people with disabilities and life threatening illness. It also supports children disadvantaged through poverty or rural isolation.

Working with Rotary International they provide funding towards days out such as trips to theme parks or the seaside.

It also provides toy boxes filled with brand new toys for children who have escaped from domestic violence.

Lifeline 4 Kids

Lifeline 4 Kids helps disabled children from birth to 18 years.

It provides support to purchase a range of resources such as communication aids, wheelchairs and specialist computer equipment.

To apply: The details required are listed at

If you fulfil the charity's criteria an application form will be sent requiring further information, supporting reports from health professionals and financial statements.

Little Princess Trust

The Little Princess Trust helps children who have suffered hair loss or alopecia caused by cancer treatments and other illnesses.

It supplies and funds high quality tailored wigs made from real hair for individual children matching the look and feel of their original hair.

The charity helps both boys and girls.

The Matthew Trust

The Matthew Trust provides support and care for children and young people aged 8 years+ who have mental health difficulties.

Grants are only provided when all over sources of funding have been exhausted.

The Trust will help pay for counselling, medical equipment, household goods, clothing and respite breaks.

It also provides advocacy support and will help liaise with local authorities and other agencies. Help is also provided to disabled adults and carers with mental health problems.

Applications should be made by letter to the Trust outlining the support required, written by an appropriate professional.

Merlin's Magic Wand (MMW)

The Merlin Entertainment Group provides magical experiences for seriously ill, disabled or disadvantaged children aged between 2 and 18 years.

Criteria for Application:

  • Aged 2 – 18 (inclusive) and must have not received tickets through our charity previously
  • Tickets for immediate family members only (Individual Applicants only)
  • Serious illnesses/Long Term illnesses
  • Disabled (if learning disability, this must be moderate to severe and the child must have a statement of educational needs or similar)
  • In care home/in foster care/ adopted
  • Child impacted by domestic violence/abuse/bullying/serious crime
  • Child of terminally ill or recently deceased parent/legal guardian or sibling
  • Young Carer

The experiences are offered at the group's attractions which include Sealife Centres, Legoland and Madam Tussauds though other requests may be considered.

To apply: complete the online application form.  Documentation will be required.

Due to the high demand for tickets MMW can only accept applications from families who have not previously applied.

Michael Crawford Children's Charity

Created by the actor Michael Crawford the charity makes grants to both individuals and charities to benefit children and young people.

It provides funding for the advancement of health, disability and the relief of poverty.

Applications should be addressed to Mr.K.P.Dias FCA, Regina House, 124 Finchley Road, London, NW3 5JS

Naval Children's Charity

The Naval Children's Charity provides grants and support to children and young people up to and including the age of 25 who are in need, hardship and distress.

At least one of the child's parents (or guardian) must be serving or served in:

  • The Royal Navy
  • The Royal Marines
  • The Queen Alexandra's Royal Nursing Service (QARNNS)
  • Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS)
  • Reserves 
  • Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA)

Support available:

Emergency Essential Grant Scheme - for household essentials including white goods, children's beds, furniture, buggies, children's clothing and groceries.

Educational Needs - for an educational need such as an educational assessment if unavailable from the Local Education Authority or school.

Educational Grants  - for support with funding your child's education outside of the state system.  Child would need to be disadvantaged academically such as through learning disability, special needs emotional bereavement, disability or illness.

Medical Needs - for the provision of medical equipment or service not provided from statutory sources.  Medical reports/letters will be required to support the application.

To apply: complete the online form (click "Need Our Help" from the website navigation) or telephone: 023 9263 9534


Newlife is the largest provider of specialist equipment to help children/young people who are disabled or terminally ill under 19 years who live in the UK.

It offers professional support to families and practical support through the provision of specialist equipment.

Newlife Nurses are the key contact point for families and gateway for services.  They can discuss your child’s needs on their free confidential Nurse Helpline: 0800 902 0095.  There is also Live Chat on the website.

Newlife provides grants for essential equipment such as beds, wheelchairs and communication aids.

It also offers:

  • Play Therapy Pod Service – providing specialist toys on loan
  • Emergency Bed Loan Service – providing specialist beds within 72 hours
  • Comfort Capsule Service – providing equipment to improve the quality for a child with a terminal illness
  • Emergency Equipment Loans – providing equipment within 72 hours to children with life limiting or/and palliative needs to enable them to be discharged from hospital.

More detailed information on the services can be downloaded from the website.


Nihal Armstrong Trust

The Nihal Armstrong Trust is a small charity which helps children under 18 years with Cerebral Palsy.

It is able to provide funding (under £1,000) towards essential equipment, communication aids, and other specific services not provided by statutory services.

The charity prefers applications to be completed on-line and sent direct from the website. Supporting evidence from an appropriate professional is required.

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