Support and grants for families

Posted on the 10th August 2018

Sometimes we all need a little help, whether it be with funding for equipment, emotional support or just some time out as a family.  There are various options to apply for funding for respite care, equipment, play therapies and counselling for your child and as a family.  We’ve pulled together a list of places accepting applications. They do all have different criteria, so it’s worth checking and we can’t guarantee that your application will be accepted so it might be worth a phone call to the organisation before filling in any lengthy forms.

* WellChild does not endorse one particular group over another and has not directly dealt with any of the organisations so cannot take any responsibility for the information provided.  If you make an application to an organisation, WellChild cannot be held liable for the outcome.

Able Kidz

Able Kidz is an educational trust that supports disabled children and young people with their education and learning. It provides specialist equipment, computers, software and extra tuition to enable them to achieve independence and self reliance.

Supporting letter from a medical or education professional required. UK, up to 18 years of age.

Buttercup Children’s Trust

It is able to offer financial assistance towards hospital travel, respite, medical equipment, holidays and travel expenses. Supporting evidence from a health professional or social worker is required.  UK, Up to 18 years of age.

The Boparan Trust

The Trust aims to help children and young people, who are disadvantaged either through poverty, disability or life-limiting conditions. UK, up to 18 years of age.

Caudwell Children

Caudwell Children provide family support services, equipment, treatment and therapies for disabled children and their families across the UK.
They also run our Enable Sport programme for talented disabled athletes and Destination Dreams holidays for children fighting life-threatening conditions. Up to 18, UK.

Children Today

Children Today provides grants for specialist equipment and aids such as educational toys, trikes, lifting equipment and electric wheelchairs. A reference from someone who works with your child in a professional capacity (occupational therapist, teacher, social worker, doctor, etc) will be required. Up to 25, UK.

The Children’s Hope Foundation

The Hope Foundation aims to improve the lives of children and young people affected by illness, disability or poverty.

It provides funding for anything (with a few exceptions) that will benefit the child such as medical equipment, computers, holidays and days out.  Up to age 18, UK.

Cheyne Charity

The Cheyne Charity supports children with Cerebral Palsy and their families. It is able to provide funding to schools, groups and individuals.   The charity may be able to help individuals with Cerebral Palsy with specialist equipment. Up to age 18, UK.

Carers Trust

The Carers Trust has four grant funds open to individual adult carers aged 16 or over.

  • Carers Essentials: Grants of up to £300 for essential household items that will benefit you in your caring role e.g. washing machines, cookers, beds.
  • Take Time Out: Grants of up to £400 towards the cost of short breaks, respite care and holidays.
  • Carers: Skills for You: Grants of up to £500 towards the cost of courses and personal development for you (the carer).
  • Carers Access: Grants of up to £350 towards the cost of driving lessons or other forms of transport that would benefit you in your caring role.

To apply: Contact your local carers group. The Carers Trust have an online search box on their home page to help you find your local group. Just add your postcode.

Elifar Foundation

Grants for a wide range of specialised equipment such as wheelchairs, trikes, seats and sensory equipment.  Up to aged 28, UK.

Family Fund

Grants are considered on an individual basis, as long as it relates to the needs of your child and family, excluding vehicles.

  • Family Fund Business Services: Distribution of funds through the BBC Children in Need’s Emergency Essentials programme.  This funds critical household items.  The maximum grant is about £300. Up to 18, UK or EU living in the UK.

Florence Nightingale Aid in Sickness Trust            

Consider requests for funding for people of all ages who are sick, in poor health or disabled and require medical items and services to improve their quality of life.  Requests must be made by a professional. All ages, UK.

Lifeline 4 Kids

Provides support to purchase a range of resources such as communication aids, wheelchairs and specialist computer equipment.  Up to 18 years of age, mainly UK.


React will consider requests that are of a basic, essential need and unavailable from any other source. However, requests that do not fall into this bracket may still be considered provided they benefit the child’s quality of life in some way.  React are sensitive to urgent requests and respond to all applications within 48 hours. Needs to be endorsed by a professional. Up to 18 years of age, UK.

Roald Dahl

Grants of up to £1000, applied for via a Health Professional, for play therapy, counselling, equipment, social communications technology, respite care. Up to age 25, UK

Variety, the Children’s Charity

They provide funding for wheelchairs (electric, manual and sports) and other specialist equipment to improve the daily lives of children who are ill or who have a disability of any kind. This includes sensory play equipment, life saving monitors, specially adapted car seats, feeding tubes and much more. All applications for wheelchairs and equipment must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a qualified professional. Up to age 18, UK.

If you haven’t found an appropriate funder, you can try Turn2Us – this is a database that can be searched for a specific need.  It also provides a benefits eligibility check based on your situation. The website is

We wish you success with your applications, do feel free to share the outcomes with us.

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