Charitable funding and grants
Buttle UK: Runs the Chances for Children grants programme designed to meet the multiple needs of vulnerable children and young people by funding a holistic package of support, ranging from household items to longer-term educational and emotional needs. The charity has also established a Covid-19 Direct Emergency Response for Children and Young People Fund.
Cauldwell Charitable Trust: Provides 70-80 per cent of the funding required for a piece of equipment (depending on the whole cost) for a disabled child or young person, including high-functionality powered wheelchairs, mobility buggies, therapy tricycles, car seat and harnesses, multi-sensory equipment and specialist sports equipment
Children’s Hope Foundation: Awards grants to help families with disabled or seriously ill children to pay for medical equipment, computers, books and school trips.
Family Action: Provides practical, emotional and financial support for families and runs a small grants programme focussing on welfare and education.
Family Fund: Gives grants for a wide range of items to families with a disabled or seriously ill child or young person up to the age of 17, including sensory toys, family breaks, outdoor play equipment and computers. The organisation has been awarded extra funding to provide grants for families on low incomes, raising disabled or seriously ill children in England during Coronavirus.
Florence Nightingale Aid in Sickness Trust: Helps people of all ages who are ill, convalescing or disabled by providing grants for medical and household aids.
Lifeline for Kids: Awards grants for essential equipment to help improve the quality of life for children and young people up to the age of 18 with disabilities and special needs.
NewLife Charity: Distributes grants for essential equipment for disabled and terminally ill children including beds, buggies, wheelchairs and seating systems. It also runs a free loan of equipment which can help children at significant risk of injury and those in urgent need because of unstable life threatening/limiting conditions or terminal illness.
Nihal Armstrong Trust: Provides grants for equipment, communication aids and specific services for children and young people with cerebral palsy, up to the age of 18.
Strongbones Children’s Charitable Trust Awards grants for children and young people up to the age of 21 with complex needs that also have a diagnosis of scoliosis, brittle bone disease, spina bifida, bone cancer or any other serious condition of the bone to help purchase disability equipment, manual wheelchairs, smart home technology, supportive seating and trikes.
The League of the Helping Hand: Helps people living on a very low income with a physical or diagnosed mental health condition or learning disability and those caring for an adult or child with a disability. Support includes one-off grants for essential household items, specialist equipment and carer’s breaks. The charity is providing emergency Covid-19 grants.
Turn2Us: Helps people in financial need to access welfare benefits and charitable grants based on their circumstances, with an easy-to-use benefits calculator, grants search and other information and resources. The charity is also providing a range of Covid-19-related financial advice.
Whizz Kids: Offers grants for a range of mobility equipment to help children and young people with a physical disability aged up to 18 have independence at home, at school and at play.
WellChild: The WellChild Helping Hands is a home improvement programme which, with volunteers from local companies, transforms gardens and bedrooms for children and young people with exceptional health needs across the UK. The charity is also offering a Covid-19 Direct Response Service to help families get personal protective equipment (PPE) and support with supplies.