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Grants for Disabled Women

The Eaton Trust

The Eaton Fund provides financial assistance for women in need due to unforeseen circumstances or unexpected events.

Previous grants have helped towards setting up home after a family breakdown and contributions to wheelchairs. If you are applying for help with a wheelchair you will need to supply a supporting letter from a medical professional (e.g. a doctor, physiotherapist or occupational therapist) to show that the chair you want to buy is suitable for your needs.

To apply for support download an application form and send with a supporting letter from an appropriate professional to The Eaton Fund, PO Box 528, Fleet GU51 9HH


Feminist Review Trust

The Feminist Review Trust gives grants to projects in the UK and internationally that support women especially disabled woman and girls.

It will fund:

  • Hard to fund projects
  • Pump priming activities - start up funding
  • Interventionist projects which support feminist values
  • Training and development projects
  • One off events
  • Dissemination - the production and distribution of relevant material
  • Core funding - staff costs, accomodation
  • Other projects

The maximum grant is £15,000.  Applications may be made 3 times a year.  

To apply: download an application form from the website.


Frederick Andrew Convalescent Trust

The Frederick Andrew Convalescent Trust provides financial assistance to women during periods of convalescence.

It is able to offer grants up to £1,000 for convalescence and domestic help and up to £600 for therapy including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapist, chiropodists/podiatrists and counselling.  

It is open to all women of all ages, background and medical conditions that have been in paid employment for some time.

To apply: complete an initial assessment form.


The Girls of the Realm Guild

The Guild provides assistance to women over 21 years (16 years for those training in music and dancing) towards educational and vocational training.

Applicants must be UK citizens.  Awards are usually in the region of £250.

To apply: write to Mrs Beth Hayward, 2 Watch Oak, Blackham, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 9TP

As with all grant applications do not expect an immediate response as this is a small charity with limited funds.

Margaret's Fund

Margaret's Fund awards grant assistance to poor women in the UK who are ill.

Caring professionals such as doctors, nurses, charity workers or social workers will need to apply on behalf of the women in their care.

Grants are made for:

  • Aids for disability
  • extra comforts
  • convalescent holidays (holidays to recover from illness)
  • clothing
  • extra nourishment
  • extra heating

Applications should be made by the professional through the "Apply for Funds" page on the website.


Mary MacArthur Holiday Trust

The trust provides financial assistance towards the cost of a holiday for women who are in need of rest or through age, poverty, infirmity, disability, social or economic reasons.

The maximum grant is £350.

Applicants must be over 18 years and must not have had a holiday in recent years.

A sponsoring organisation or person such as a doctor or social worker must support your application.

To apply: download an application form and return to the trust.


The Sawyer Trust

The Trust helps women over the age of 50 in financial hardship, sickness or poor health.

Funding will be provided for items such as household appliances, medical and health aids, utility bills and hospital transport. Grants usually range between £200 to £1,500.

To apply download an application form and guidance notes from their website. Financial information and documentary evidence will be required.


Society for the Assistance of Ladies in Reduced Circumstances

The Society helps women who are resident in the UK and living alone in financial need.

They are able to help with regular monthly payments, paying for TV licences, and telephone rental. It can also assist in other funding and by making a contribution towards expensive items with another charity.

The Society is able to consider women in receipt of Pension Credit or some other means-tested benefit. The applicant must also have less than £8,000 in savings and not receiving help from another charity.


St Andrew's Society for Ladies in Need

The St Andrew's Society for Ladies in Need provides financial support to retired ladies or those unable to earn through illness or disability.

It is able to help with:

  • Regular grants payable quarterly to eligible ladies towards day to day living expenses.
  • One off grants for urgent items such as replacement white goods and small household repairs.
  • Care home grants when there is a shortfall in care home fees.
  • Care at home grants towards the cost of caring for an elderly lad in their own home.

Eligibility criteria:

  • A retired lady or unable to work and live alone
  • British born
  • Good standard of education
  • In receipt of certain benefits
  • Limited savings

Application forms are available from the General Secretary, 20 Denmark Gardens, Holbrook, Ipswich, IP9 2BG

or Email: mpope1@btinternet.com


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