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Grants for Disabled Adults
The ACT Foundation
The ACT Foundation provides grants to both disabled adults and children. It aims to enhance the quality of life for people in need, particularly those who have a physical or mental disability or the aged who are living in poverty.
It provides grants up to £2,500 for a range of items. This might include:
- Mobility aids
- Specialised seating and car seats
- Specialised beds and sleep systems
- Sensory toys and equipment, room padding
- Communication aids, specialised software
- Respite breaks at a registered centre (applicant only)
- Vehicle adaptations
To apply download an application form. Applications can be made at any time of the year.
The Barchester Healthcare Foundation
The Barchester Healthcare Foundation supports older people and adults with physical and mental disabilities.
It is able to help individuals with the cost of items that enhance the person's mobility, independence or quality of life. This may include items such as a wheelchair, stairlift, specialised computer equipment, music lessons and bathroom adaptations.
Grants range from £100 to £5,000.
To apply: either complete the on-line application form or download an application form. All applications must be supported by a third party such as a social worker or healthcare professional.
The Disability Foundation (TDF)
The Disability Foundation offers complementary therapies to disabled people (including children), anyone suffering from a chronic health issue or medical condition, as well as those involved in their care (paid/unpaid carers and NHS staff).
It is available for a range of conditions rather than a single disability/health issue.
Before you have any treatment at TDF you become a member and sign a code of conduct form. Membership costs £20 a year for anyone with a disability and £25 for non disabled.
The treatments are held at Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) in Stanmore, Middlesex.
Elizabeth Finn Care
Elizabeth Finn Care provides direct financial support to individuals in need.
It is able to help British and Irish residents who have previously held jobs that required level 4 qualifications and have fallen on hard times through personal events such as family breakdown, redundancy or ill health.
They also help older people with limited pension provision and (ex)spouses/partners of eligible individuals
To find out more information complete the on-line enquiry form.
Florence Nightingale Aid in Sickness Trust
The Trust provides grants to help people who are ill, convalescent or disabled.
It currently supports people of all ages with medical conditions, disability or poor health. However, if funding is limited preference with be given to people who have professional, secretarial, or administrative qualifications.
Funding may be provided for a range of medical items and services to improve quality of life. This includes TENS machines, orthopaedic beds, hoists and household items such as washing machines.
Applications should be made by a health professional or social worker on behalf of the client using the Trust's application form which can be downloaded from their website.
Freemasonry Cares provides assistance to Freemasons and their dependents.
It is able to offer support in the following areas:
- Essential daily living costs (eg: utility bills and food)
- Unexpected needs (eg: hardship faced following an
accident, redundancy, or other
- Funeral bills: Essential costs relating to the provision of a funeral where no other funds are available.
- Minor home repairs: Redecoration, repairs and essential improvements like the widening of doorways and the installation of ramps for accessibility. Help may be given as a repayable loan.
- Medical - grants for medical treatment or surgery are available when there is a wait of 12 weeks or more for NHS treatment (8 weeks or more for cardiac or cancer treatment).
- Dental - for treatments needed to restore dental health which costs in excess of NHS charging rates.
- Mobility Care - grants for a range of mobility aids including power chairs, stair lifts, and car hoists. Grants for home adaptions for medical or mobility reasons, such as wet room installation, entry ramps, and widening doorways.
- Respite Care - grants are available towards the costs of short-term residential care breaks, domiciliary care in the home, and day centre care.
- Counselling - free confidential support for those experiencing depression, anxiety, stress and other mental health problems.
- Consultation and Assessment - grants towards the cost of consultations or assessments
Assistance for children in full time education or younger
- Grants towards the cost of raising a child or young person.
- Essential costs for education or training
- Scholarships and accommodation for students
- equipment or training for those with the potential to develop a career in music, sports, or the performing arts.
- Advice and support on the practical and financial help available to families
- Support for children and young people with severe disabilities through grants to provide specialist equipment and home adaptations
Assistance for older people (aged 65+)
- Care homes - nursing, residential and dementia care
- Advice and support on health and care needs
- Holidays - fully financed and part-funded trips to locations within the UK and Malta.
Personal income is taken into consideration but certain income such as Disability Living Allowance or a War Disability Pension is disregarded.
To apply: telephone
Freemasonry Cares on 020 3146 3333.
Glasspool Charity Trust
A National charity providing small one-off grants to individuals in need on a low income.
The Trust provides funding for household items such as white goods, furniture, clothing, baby needs, educational computer needs, specialist disability equipment, driving lessons/tests and travel to hospital.
The average grant is approx. £230.
Applications must be made by an organisation that meet the charity's criteria such as statutory bodies, CAB, charities who work with statutory organisations.
To obtain an application form email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Heinz, Anna and Carol Kroch Foundation
The Heinz, Anna and Carol Kroch Foundation provides grants for individuals suffering from severe poverty or on-going medical conditions. It will also support victims of domestic abuse.
Grants of £100 to £500 are provided towards hospital travel costs, household items, adaptations or disability equipment. They will not fund holidays or education.
Applications must be made in writing by a recognised professional such a social worker, doctor or Citizen Advice representative who must include the individual's financial information.
Letters must be addressed to: The Heinz, Anna and Carol Kroch Foundation, PO Box 327, Hampton, TW12 9DD Telephone: 020 8979 0609 Email: email@example.com
The Hospital Saturday Fund
The Hospital Saturday Fund provides grants to individuals from the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
It is able to help with the purchase of specialised equipment and practical forms of treatment. This includes:
- Mobility equipment such as wheelchairs and mobility scooters
- Medical appliances and aids such as hearing aids,nebulisers and computer equipment
- Therapeutic equipment and treatments such orthopaedic beds,riser/recliner chairs and complementary therapies
- Home adaptations - walk in showers, access ramps, stair lifts
- Miscellaneous - respite breaks at a therapeutic centre
To apply: Either download an application form or complete the online form on the website.
The Fund is also able to provide grants to registered health charities.
The League of the Helping Hand
The League of Helping Hand (LHH) provides financial support to people who are experiencing hardship due to illness or disability. They also provide assistance to carers of disabled children and adults.
- One-off grants - usually for essential household items or specialist equipment
To apply download an application form and send to the The Secretary, LHH, PO Box 34, Burgess Hill, RH15 5AQ.
Telephone: 014444 236 099
The Mobility Trust
The Mobility Trust provides equipment such as
wheelchairs and mobility scooters following an assessment by an
independent Occupational Therapist (OT) sent by the Trust.
The OT will
then prescribe the most suitable piece of equipment for an individual.
Equipment is only provided if it is not available from
statutory sources or the disabled person is unable to purchase for
To apply write a letter outlining why you need the equipment and
details of your disability to Mrs Anne Munn, Mobility Trust, 17b Reading
Road, Pangbourne, Berkshire, RG8 7LR
The National Benevolence Charity
The National Benevolence Charity provides help to those in financial need.
It makes grants to help with essential needs purchase and arrange delivery of household items and supply vouchers for goods and services.
It may also be able to supplement an income and help during difficult periods through ill health, disability, age or some other reason.
To apply: complete the online form on the website.
The charity also has accommodation for those on low income in Gloucestershire and Berkshire.
The Newby Trust provides funding for individuals in need for the relief of poverty and medical welfare.
Applications must be made by Social Services, NHS Trusts, Citizens Advice Bureaux, other charities or similar organisations on behalf of the individual using the on-line application form. Financial statements of the individual's expenditure will be required.
The Trust makes small grants of up to £250 to assist individuals and families in crisis
To apply: use the online form
Applications will not be accepted by individuals.
Funding is closed until April 2018.
The Percy Bilton Charity
The Percy Bilton Charity supports individuals in need on low income with household essentials.
It is able to assist:
- Older People - individuals aged over 65 on low income.
- Disabled People - children or adults with a physical/learning disability or serious illness on low income or adults with severe and enduring mental health problem which prevents them from working.
The charity is able to provide one off grants up to a maximum of £250 to pay for essential items such as laundry equipment, cooking and heating appliances, furniture and clothing.
Applications for funding should be made only by health professionals or social workers on behalf of the individual.
St Jude's Trust
The St Jude's Trust supports the disabled and disadvantaged throughout England and Wales.
It gives grants to both organisations and individuals.
For further inforamtion contact Mr. R G Millman, Druces LLP, Salisbury House, London Wall, London EC2 5PS
The Talisman Charitable Trust
The Talisman Charitable Trust helps individuals in need with one-off grants to relieve poverty for education, health, housing, disablement or disability.
The Trust prefers applications to be made by a charitable organisation or professional on the individual’s behalf. If applying direct the application will need to be supported by either the local authority, a charity or Citizens Advice.
The Willow Foundation
The Willow Foundation was set up by the former England and Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson and his wife Meg in memory of their daughter, Anna.
It provides special days out for seriously ill people aged 16 to 40 years who live in the UK. This includes young people with Cancer, Motor Neurone Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and organ failure. Full eligibility criteria can be found by downloading an Information leaflet.
Days out can be varied and past days out have included trips to the theatre, Premier and International sports events, health spas, city break, trips in a helicopter and hot air balloon.
To apply download an application form. All applications must be endorsed by a medical professional.
Telephone: 0170-7 25977
Vicars Relief Fund
The Vicars Relief Fund (VRF) provides small crisis grants of up to a maximum of £350 to support people who are at risk of, or currently, experiencing homelessness or are vulnerably housed, to establish and maintain their tenancies.
Types of applications include funding to secure accommodation and to clear rent arrears following an eviction notice.
Applications can only be made on referral on behalf of the individual or family by an appropriate professional or support service such as social worker, health visitor, clergyman, Citizens Advice or other voluntary organisations.
To apply: register as a referrer on the Vicars Relief Fund Portal.
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