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Grants for Children
and Young People

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REACT Charity

The React Charity helps families caring for a child with a life threatening illness in the UK.

It provides financial support towards basic essential needs:

  • Specialist or medical equipment (not supplied from statutory sources)
  • Educational equipment (to aid a child's development
  • Domestic equipment (household items)
  • Hospital expenses (travel, food or related costs)

The charity is also able to assist with funeral and memorial expenses.

Families can also apply for a week's holiday at one of their mobile homes at 6 sites around the UK.

To apply: download an application form.

A professional such as a social worker or doctor will need to endorse the form. Financial information is required on the form but this is very straightforward.

Sailors Children's Society

The Sailors Children's Society provides support to children of seafarers in the UK who have served in the Royal/Merchant Navy or the fishing fleets including ferries, tankers and cruise ships.

It is able to offer a wide range of financial assistance through its Child Support Scheme.  This includes:

  • Welfare grants 
  • Clothing grants
  • Christmas grants
  • Student grants
  • Emergency heating grants
  • School Holiday vouchers

The charity also offers caravan holidays at one of its 8 caravans at seaside resorts around the UK.

To apply: you must be in receipt of either Housing or Council Tax Benefit.

Sandcastle Trust

The Sandcastle Trust supports families where a parent or child has a rare genetic condition.

They are able to help with short breaks, special day trips or an annual attraction pass.

For more information contact:

S C Witting Trust

The S C Witting Trust provide small one-off grants to children and young people 15 years and younger who live in England and are in financial need.

It offers grants of approximately £200 for essential items such as furniture, clothing and white goods for the family.  It also gives small grants of up to £100 for books or educational equipment.

All applications for funding must be made through a third party such as social services.

To apply: contact the Witting Trust Administrator, Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ


The Sick Children's Trust

The Sick Children's Trust provides free "Home from Home" accommodation to families with sick children in hospital.

It currently has 10 houses with private rooms where families can stay close to 9 hospitals across England.

Each house has its own Manager and contact telephone number.  Leaflets on each house may be downloaded from the website.

Sunny Days Children's Fund

The Sunny Days Children's Fund supports children under 18 years with a range of medical conditions.  This includes Leukaemia, Cerebral Palsy, the deaf and blind, terminal and life limiting conditions.

It is able to make small grants for day trips, medical equipment, respite, hospital travel, white goods, IT equipment (not iPads) and children's last wishes.

The charity also has two holiday homes at Haven Orchard's Holiday Park, Clacton-on-sea, Essex.

Open to applicants in England, Wales and Scotland.

To apply:

Telephone 01376 528376 and ask for Margaret or Email:

TACT (The Actors Children's Trust)

TACT offer financial support, information and advice to actors whose children (up to 21 years) have special needs, learning difficulties or long term health difficulties.

It is also able to help with childcare costs and other expenses for actors who are living with cancer, other illness or facing a family crisis.

The Trust has previously funded school uniforms, music lessons, therapies, school trips and extra tuition.

Applications are accepted from parents who are professional actors or if no longer working acting must have been significant part of your career.

To apply: download an application form from the website.

See also:

REACH (for children and young people with upper limb deficiency)

Scampps (Surrey only)

Sullivan's Heroes (fundraising and financial assistance for families funding housing adaptations)

The Steve Morgan Foundation (North Wales, Merseyside, West Cheshire and North Shropshire)

Check ALL the pages......

Charities and Trusts are listed alphabetically

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