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Peter Harrison Foundation

The Peter Harrison Foundation provides grants for charities in South East England.

It accepts applications for projects that work or benefit disabled, chronically, or terminally ill children and their families. It will also support charities that work with young people at risk from crime, truancy, addiction and homelessness.


Starburst Foundation

The Starburst Foundation supports children with special needs in Surrey, Berkshire and Hampshire borders.

It is able to fund bespoke and specialised equipment such as wheelchairs, hoists, trikes and play equipment to children with varying disabilities.

To apply:  Email the charity at charity@starburst-foundation.org.uk for an application form.


The Wellspring Charity Foundation

The Wellspring Charity Foundation run a garden scheme to help the isolated, disabled, elderly or depressed who struggle with their gardens.

The Scheme operates in Reading and Southampton - for the following postcodes:

  • RG1, RG2 RG4, RG5, RG6,RG30, REG31
  • SO14,SO15,SO16,SO17, SO18, SO19, SO50, SO52, SO53

There are two services:

  • Open Gardens - for those in moderate financial difficulty who also have a mental/physical disability and cannot garden for themselves.  The charity subsidises the cost of re-designing, re-landscaping and/or maintenance with the client paying a discounted rate.
  • Garden Parties - For those in severe financial hardship who also have a mental/physical disability which means they cannot garden for themselves.  In this instance the garden is transformed by a team of volunteers in one day with a tea party on completion.  This is free of charge to the client.

To apply: contact the team using the online form on the website.


See also:

Axis Foundation

MERU - for custom-made disability equipment

The Midcounties Co-operative Community Fund  (Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Swindon)

Sullivan's Heroes (West Sussex, East Sussex and Surrey)



Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation

The Foundation manages a number of funds of which the following support disability:

  • The Panacea Society - supports projects or groups whose work involves mental health issues in Bedford town. Grants are awarded up to a maximum of £5,000 though more usually up to £2,500.
  • General Grants - a small grants programme that awards grants up to £500 to organisations that benefit the disadvantaged including the disabled and the elderly.

Application forms can be downloaded from the website. But do check availability before applying for the General grants as funds are limited.


The Wixamtree Trust

The Wixamtree Trust provides grants mainly to organisations and projects based in Bedfordshire. It also supports National charities that help families and other social welfare issues.

Grants are usually awarded between £1,000 and £10,000.

To apply for funding download an application form from the website or contact the Trust's Administrator wixamtree@thetrustpartnership.com



The Prince Philip Trust

The Prince Philip Trust for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead provides grants to individuals and organisations in the following areas.

  • Social Welfare - the provision of recreation and leisure facilities for the resident of Windsor and Maidenhead
  • Education - To benefit the advancement of voluntary service. Funding will also be provided to individual pupils, groups and schools.
  • Public education of the arts, literature and science
  • Other charitiable purposes may also be considered by the Trustees.

To apply: write a formal letter to the Secretary of the Trustees with supporting documentation and information.



Catholic Disability Fellowship (Portsmouth)

The Portsmouth Diocese of the Catholic Disability Fellowship offers financial support to individuals and families within their parish.

It is able to help in the purchase of specialist equipment, such as beds. wheelchairs, computers and special skills training and vocational courses.


Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation

The Community Foundation provides grants for community groups in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. This includes projects that support Carers, adults and children with physical and learning disabilities and other special needs.

It recently provided money towards kick boxing equipment for the Isle of Wight Rainbow Club for Deaf/Blind children.


Hampshire Talented Athletes Scheme

The Hampshire Talented Athletes Scheme (HTAS) is open to athletes over the age of 11 years and participating in one their supported sports.

The scheme supports an impressive 23 disability sports including Boccia and wheelchair basketball.

Grants up to £500 are available as well as other support services.


Winchester City Council - Small Grants Scheme

Winchester City Council operate a small grants scheme for local chairities, not-for-profit voluntary organisations and community groups.

One off small grants up to a maximum of £500 are available for actvities and projects that benefit the residents of Winchester District. 

To apply use the online form.



Blackthorn Trust

Blackthorn Trust offers medical care, specialist therapies and rehabilitation through work placements in the Blackthorn Gardens.

It helps individuals with a range of medical and physical conditions regain self esteem and confidence.

The pain management course and sustainable futures project require a doctors referral but individuals are able to self refer or be referred by a supporting agency.

To find out further information and to discuss your needs contact the Trust on 01622 828382.


Sir Thomas Smythe's Charity

The Charity provides financial and pastoral support to individuals in need living in one of 26 designated parishes in West Kent.

It helps adults on low income who are in receipt of the state retirement pension or a disability benefit.  They must live in their own home either as a tenant or home owner.

The charity is able to fund a small regular income (£130 a quarter) which is reviewed annually by a trustee.

It is also able to provide one off grants for unexpected expenses not covered by benefits.

Applicants will need to contact their local trustee for consideration.


Ward and Partners Charitable Trust

The Ward and Partners Charitiable Trust provides grants up to £5,000 to charities and community groups working with children with physical or mental disabilities.

Further details on the fund and how to apply can be obtained from the Kent Community Foundation who administer the Fund on behalf of Ward and Partners.

Either contact by telephone 01303 814500 or e-mail admin@kentcf.org.uk


See also:

Skinners' Benevolent Trust (West Kent only)



Children with Special Needs Foundation

The Foundation supports individuals, groups and schools with funding requests for disability equipment, holidays, tuition and essential care.

It operates in Surrey, East Berkshire and North Hampshire.

The Foundation has previously funded a Tomcat Trike, Motomed, wheelchairs, hospital treatments and a school mini bus.

It also owns two mobile homes at Church Farm, Pagnam that are available for families with a special needs child from March to the end of October.

For further information complete the online enquiry form.


Holiday Grants

The Kingston Centre for Independent Living (KCIL) administers a holiday grant programme on behalf the Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames.

It is open to residents of the borough over 16 years who have long term and substantial illness or impairment. Grants are awarded up to a maximum of £175.

To apply write to KCIL, River Reach, High Street, Kingston, Surrey KT1 1LF, Telephone: 020 8546 9603


Kingston-Upon-Thames Association for the Blind (KAB)

The Association provide grants to visually impaired people living in the Borough of Kingston-Upon-Thames.

Grants vary in value depending on need and may range from £50 to £2,000 for items such as specialist computer equipment, computer software , holidays, redecoration and subscription for the RNIB Talking Books scheme.

To apply: download an application form.


The Wisley Foundation

The Foundation works with small local charities in Surrey and the surrounding counties who support young people and the elderly in need.

It prefers to work with charities on specific projects rather than general giving.

Previous projects funded include the St.Lukes Cancer Centre, a special school for severe speech and language difficulties, Sailability and sponsoring a pony suitable for Hippotherapy for the RDA Broadlands group.

For further details email: info@the wisleyfoundation.com


Sussex (East and West)

Sussex Community Foundation - General Awards

The Sussex Community Foundation manages a number of grant schemes from donors and charities.

It's funding is open to not-for-profit community/voluntary organisations that improve the lives of people in Brighton and Hove, East and West Sussex.

The Foundation has previously funded transport costs for a disability group and a youth development programme for young people with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus.

Only one funds are open to individuals:

  • The Westdene Fund - to support young people with musical talent with limited means.

Groups should apply using the General Grants Application form which can be downloaded from their website.


Forest View

Brighton and Hove City Council have a fully accessible static caravan near Milford-on-sea in the New Forest.

It is available to families and children with a disability or special needs for a discounted price.

The caravan has two bedrooms and a pull out bed, sleeping six in total. It also includes an mechanical bed, a mobile hoist and a mobile shower chair.

To book the caravan or to find out more information contact the Administrator on 01273 265825 or email: SC-Tr.BGH-seasideview@nhs.net


Betty Martin Charity

The Betty Martin Charity provides educational grants to individuals, children and young people with disabilities.

Applicants must be resident in Sussex and preference is given to those who live within a 15 mile radius of Midhurst in West Sussex.

To apply: contact Madeleine Crisp, 46 Guillards Oak, Midhurst, GU29 9JZ Telephone: 01730 813769

Terrace Higgins Trust

The Terrace Higgins Trust offers hardship funds to people with HIV on low income.

The funding is available for short term financial need or in a crisis.

Further details can be obtained from the Terrace Higgins Trust, 61 Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AE

Telephone: 01273 764 200

Email: info@tht.org.uk


See also:

West Sussex Community Chest (with Dorset Community Chest)

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