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South East England

South East - General

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.

Southern Spinal Injuries Trust (SSIT)

The Southern Spinal Injuries Trust supports people living with spinal cord injury in the South and South West of England.  It also support The Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre.

It is able to help individuals with grants in the region of £250 to £3,000.

To apply for help towards a mechanical aid such a wheelchair, adjustable bed or other items an Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist assessment is required. This is to ensure that you apply for the correct item and it is suitable for your needs.

For wheelchairs it is vital you apply for funding from your local wheelchair services.

SITT may consider funding the sperm retrieval process of IVF treatment.

To apply download the appropriate application form from the website.

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 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

Childwick Trust

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 that benefit registered charities  and other non profit making bodies.

The majority of funds are for grants below £10,000 and the average award is approximately £5,000.

It does not fund individuals or families for personal needs or retrospective grants.

Application forms can be downloaded from the website.

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


The Earley Charity

The Earley Charity provides financial support to the elderly, disabled and individuals in need living in the "Ancient Liberty of Earley and neighbourhood".

This area today applies to Earley (Lower Earley and "old Earley"), the northern part of Shinfield, Winnersh, south Reading (including Whitley), east Reading (including Newtown), central Reading (as far west as the Reading West railway line), Sonning and lower Caversham.

There is a map on the website.

One off grants (usually under £400) are provided for a specific item or service.  This includes household items and mobility aids.

To apply: request an application form by email to or complete the online enquiry form on the Contact page.  

Applications are considered at the quarterly meeting of the charity.

Grants are also provided in the range of £500 to £5,000 to local charitable,  voluntary and community organisations.

John Sykes Foundation

The John Sykes Foundation supports individuals and community groups in Reading Town and the surrounding area.

It has previously funded for individuals:

  • A new weather suit for individual with poor sensory feeling.
  • A specialised travel cot for a physically disabled child.
  • An iPad for a child with a rare form of bone cancer.
  • Travel costs for hospital visits.

For organisations it has supported an SEN school, an MS Therapy centre, a charity for mental health and the Reading Association for the Blind.

To apply: organisations should follow the  Grant Application guidelines on the website.  However there are no guidelines for individuals so email: and request and application form.

The Polehampton Charity

The Polehampton Charity offers grants for residents of Twyford, Ruscombe and Charveil who are in need of financial assistance.

Grants are offered in three areas:

  • Educational grants for young people under 25 years for books and tools for college or university.
  • Charitable grants for individuals who are struggling with financial hardship.
  • Village organisations/associations grants for local groups in the Twyford, Ruscombe and Charveil area.

Grants applications should be made in writing with full details and costings to:

Miss E Treadwell, Assistant Clerk to the Charity, 114 Victoria Road, Wargrave, Berkshire, RG10 8AE

or email:

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 charitable 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.

The Reading Dispensary Trust

The Reading Dispensary Trust is a medical charity that awards grants for equipment and services not available from statutory services.

The trust is able to help individuals with a physical, mental or other disability if they live within a 7 mile radius from the centre of Reading.

It has previously provided funding for basic furnishings, a washing machine, carpeting, driving lessons for a parent carer and travel costs for medical treatments.

To apply download an application and consent form.  All applications need to be supported by a recognised organisation or a medical professional.

The Spoore Merry and Rixman Foundation

The Foundation is able to support individuals under 25 years and organisations with educational needs in the postcode are SL6 1 -9.

Grants are available for school visits, residential courses, music and art tuition, special needs courses and aids.  The aids might include items such as a laptop, musical instruments and sporting equipment.

School uniforms can also be funded through an application from a social worker or other professional.

Families in receipt of Income Support or equivalent can be granted a yearly bursary of a student in higher education.

Grants of £1,500 can be made to young people on an apprenticeship if ling independently and £1,000 if living at home.

For all funding parents are required to provide a statement of their annual income.

To apply: download the relevant application form.

St Laurence Relief in Need Trust

The St Laurence in Need Trust provides grants to individuals and organisations in the area of the Ancient Parish of St. Laurence, Reading.

It's primary aim to help individuals in need or distress including children, the elderly, people with disabilities and people of a particular ethnic or racial origin.

The majority of it's annual funding supports organisations that offer support to others including the Talking Newspaper for the Blind, Autism Berkshire, Macmillan Cancer Support and Chemo gift bags.

To apply: Individuals should email: or apply in writing to: Vale and West, 26 Queen Victoria Street, Reading, RG1 1TG.


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.

Kent Community Foundation

The Kent Community Foundation (KCF) is part of a national network of 46 Community Foundations committed to improving the lives of local people and communities, particularly the most vulnerable, isolated and disadvantaged.

It administers charitable funds for both the individual and community groups.

Individual Grants

Ivy and Jane Charitable Fund - For young carers up to the age of 18 years.  The fund supports activities that the young carer might have missed out on.  Average grant £100 - £1,000.

Wards Charitable Trust - Supports children with physical disabilities, long term illness and/or life limiting conditions.  Priority to specialist equipment,  Average grant £500-£2,000.

Rooney Foundation Fund - Supports children with physical disabilities. long term illnesses and/or life limiting conditions.  Fund will consider requests for respite, equipment, short breaks and Make A Wish holidays for terminally ill children.  Might accept request from adults in exceptional circumstances.  Average grant £500-£3,000.

Grassroots Carers Holiday Fund - Supports adults caring for one or more individuals over 18 years for respite, short holidays (up to one week), weekend breaks. pamper days and day trips.  Average grants £300-£600.

Community Grants

KCF looks after over 80 funds on behalf of donors.  These all have different criteria and application deadlines.  They include funds that support children and young people, vulnerable adults, the elderly and carers.

The average grant size is £5,000 and it is particularly interested in supporting small community groups.

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.

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.

Equipment for Disabled Children (EDC)

EDC helps disabled children who live or are educated in the Guildford area of Surry.

It is able to help fund specialist trikes, standing frames, seating systems and walking aids.  It has also previously funded assistive technology.

To apply: download and complete the application form from the website.

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.

KAB are currently reviewing our grants policy and therefore at present are unable to consider any further applications.


Scampps offers support to families of children with complex and special needs living in Surrey.

It provides funding for specialist equipment, trikes and bikes, specialist car seats, hearing equipment, sensory toys and much more.

To apply for funding download the application form or email

Applications will need to be supported by a therapist or paediatrician treating the child.

The charity also organises family events and activities.

The Victoria Foundation

The Victoria Foundation (TVF) is medical charity based in Richmond in Surrey, which funds mobility aids for individuals, schools and organisations which support children and young people.

It funds a wide range of mobility aids including lightweight wheelchairs, specialist trikes and buggies to children and young people up to 18 years of age.  It funds all disabilities.

Priority for funding is given towards residents of the Boroughs of Richmond and Kingston, Greater London and Surrey.

The Foundation also supports families in receipt of Disability Living Allowance/Personal Independence Payment.

To apply: Download an application form from the website.  A supporting letter is required from a medical professional.

Grant applications are reviewed quarterly.  When TVF awards a grant, it requests an invoice from the beneficiary and pays the supplier directly.

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

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.

Funds open to individuals:

  • The Westdene Fund - to support young people with musical talent with limited means.
  • The Cubitt and West Estate Agents Charity Fund - supports children and young people living in Sussex who have physical disabilities, long-term illnesses and/or life-limiting conditions. Funding has been previously used for respite, equipment, short breaks and holidays. Applications must be made by a social worker or other professionals using the online form.

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

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

See also:

West Sussex Community Chest (with Dorset Community Chest)

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