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Grants for Disabled Adults
General Grants

The Andrew and Catherine Carter Trust

The Carter Trust provides financial assistance towards equipment, adaption of housing or transport to disabled individuals of any age in the UK.

Items must not be available from statutory sources such as social services or NHS.  Funding will not be given retrospectively.

Applications may be made directly using an online form or through a downloadable PDF on the Carter Trust website.  Evidence of need must be provided through a supporting letter from a suitable professional.

Barchester’s Charitable Foundation

Barchester’s Charitable Foundation helps older people and other adults with a disability across England, Scotland and Wales. 

It gives grants to help reduce isolation and loneliness, promote group activities and generally improve people's independence, mobility and quality of life. Grants range from £100 to £1,000 for individuals and up to £2,500 for community groups.

It funds:

  • Older people 65+
  • Adults 18+ with a physical or learning disability
  • Adults 18+ with mental problems
  • Individuals
  • Small community groups and charities.

Applications for named individuals must be completed by a third party, who knows the individual in a professional or community-based capacity. This could be a healthcare professional, a social or citizen’s advice worker or a charity representative.

The online or downloadable application form is available on their website.

England, Scotland and Wales only.

Crisis - Changing Lives

The Changing Lives grant programme helps people experiencing homelessness to progress into education, employment and to start up small businesses in a range of industries.

Grants range from £250 to £5,000 to help individuals take qualifications, start training and buy tools and equipment.

It is run through Crisis services, local Skylights and partner organisations. 

To apply you need to be a Crisis member or a service user of one of their partner organisations.  You need to be eligible to live in the UK and have a career goal.  This needs to be discussed with a Coach or Lead Worker.

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 £25 a year for anyone with a disability, their carers, families and NHS staff. Cost  £30 for non disabled people. 

The treatments are held at Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) in Stanmore, Middlesex.

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.

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:

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 are provided towards hospital travel costs, household items, adaptations or disability equipment. They will not fund holidays or education.

The charity does not accept self-referrals. Applications must be made in writing by a recognised professional such a social worker, local authority, charity case worker or Citizen Advice representative (not a GP/Consultant) who must include the individual's financial information. The office is open between 10am – 5pm and on Monday – Friday.

Address: Heinz, Anna and Carol Kroch Foundation, PO Box 327, Hampton, London TW12 9DD

Telephone: 020 8979 0609

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.

  • Regular beneficiaries
  • 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

Linking Help with Hope

Linking Help with Hope (LHH) provide financial assistance for people experiencing hardship and who have exhausted other funding sources in the UK.

It helps those with physical and diagnosed mental health conditions, learning disabilities, and carers of disabled children and adults.

LHH offers one-off grants of up to £250 for essential household items and specialist equipment not available from Statutory services.

It also provides ongoing financial support with regular financial help.

Funding may be provided for carers breaks - depending on available funds.

To apply: download the appropriate grant application form.  The application form must be filled in and submitted by a professional agency such as Citizens Advice or Social Services.

Masonic Charitable Foundation

Masonic Charitable Foundation provides assistance to Freemasons and their dependents.

It is able to offer support in the following areas:


Assistance towards:

  • Essential daily living costs (eg: utility bills and food)
  • Unexpected needs (eg: hardship faced following an accident, redundancy, or other personal crisis)
  • 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 doorway and the installation of ramps for accessibility.  Help may be given as a repayable loan.


Assistance towards:

  • 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  020 3146 3333.

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 themselves.

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.

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)

The National Zakat Foundation provides a safety net for Muslims in need.

It offers support to eight groups of people as laid down in the Qur'an which includes the poor, the needy and those in debt.

NZF gives help in four areas:

  • Hardship Relief - grants for basic help and small debts.
  • Housing - help towards rent, rent arrears and furniture.
  • Work - grants to unemployed Muslims or/and on low income.
  • Education - help with vocational and postgraduate training.

To apply for help you must have an email address, a mobile phone number and be able to connect to the internet.

Newby Trust

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.

Administration of the Newby Trust Fund is now delegated to the R L Glasspool Charity Trust.

The Ogilvie Charities

The Ogilvie Charities offer small grants to individuals and families in need, for the purchase of essential items not supplied by the statutory agencies.

It is able to help towards the purchase of beds and bedding, cookers, refrigerators, freezers, washing machines and clothing.

The primary aim is to assist those with a household member suffering from incontinence or other medical condition.  Grants for household items may be awarded where there is a genuine need.

Most awards are between £100 and £300.

Applications must be made through a recognised professional such as a social worker, community nurse or similar.

To apply: Download an income and expenditure form and GDPR form from the website.

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.

Vegetarian for Life (VfL)

Vegetarian for Life provides information and support for older vegans, vegetarians, their families, friends and a broad range of care caterers.  

It helps older people is through our Vegetarian and Vegan Fund for any practising vegetarian or vegan over the age of 60.  Applicants must be in financial need with a relatively small regular income and low savings.

The grants are one-off funding to assist with independent living.  For example: ramps, grab rails, minor kitchen/bathroom adaptation, mobility scooter and possibly respite care.

Individual grants usually have an upper limit of £3,000.

To apply: Contact the V for Life team on 0161 2570887 or email

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

See also:

Champneys Charitable Foundation

Dream Big Trust

The Elifar Foundation

The HoneyRose Foundation (aged 40 + only)

Independence at Home

The Matthew Trust (for mental health difficulties)

Maria Hanson Foundation - Funded holidays for adults and disabled children with life threatening/shortening conditions

NCC Benevolent Fund

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

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