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Grants for Disabled Women

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.

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 and short fall of care home fees.
  • 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

To apply: use the online application form or write directly to the General Secretary at 20 Denmark Gardens, Holbrook, Ipswich, IP9 2BG.  Provide as much details as you are able.

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