Some of these organisations are children or sports only, but there should be someone on the list who could help.
Contact us if you are a funding body or charity who would like to be on the list.
Contact your local wheelchair service to access the Voucher Scheme. Conditions and voucher values vary considerably with your assessed need and from region to region. Generally, the Partnership option supplies a standard chair with full service cover, but there is less choice. The Independent option is more generous, with an allowance for servicing and maintenence included. the chair is your property and the voucher value can be topped up if required to purchase a more expensive chair.
Access to Work scheme can help you if your health or disability affects the way you do your job. Run by JobCentre Plus, it gives you and your employer advice about and support with extra costs that may arise because of your needs.
Turn2us helps people access money available to them through welfare benefits, grants and other help. Their Grants Search database contains information on over 3,000 charitable funds offering welfare and educational grants, as well as other support and services.
Get Kids Going! is a National charity which gives disabled children and young people – up to the age of 26 yrs – the wonderful opportunity of participating in sport. We provide them with specially built sports’ wheelchairs so they can do: athletics, marathons, tennis, skiing, rugby, sailing, boccia, basketball, sledge hockey, table tennis, fencing, shooting, archery, powerlifting and many more sports. Get Kids Going! inspires British disabled youngsters to compete in sporting events, from start to paralympic level, by giving them ‘sports grants’ to help with their; training, physiotherapy, travel, competition fees, design and development of sports’ wheelchairs etc. With your help many can become world record holders and paralympic champions!
Wheel Appeal from Wheelpower funds either a standard manual sports wheelchair or provides a grant towards a bespoke sports wheelchair The maximum value of any grant will be £1,500 and is not means tested.
Whizz-Kidz can help with a broad range of mobility equipment to give disabled children independence at home, at school and at play.The mobility equipment they provide includes: Powered wheelchairs, Manual wheelchairs, Sports wheelchairs, Adapted tricycles and companion cycles.
Caudwell Children’s Enable Sport Programme provides specially adapted sports equipment for gifted and talented young disabled athletes. The young person must be 18 years or younger at the time of application and funding is only given to families whose joint salary is less than £45,000 gross per annum (not including benefits).
Awards for All offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 for projects that improve communities, and the lives of people within them. It is for voluntary and community groups, schools and health organisations, parish and town councils. It will give grants for equipment hire or purchase.
Sport England Small Grants Programme has been set up to support local community sport projects which seek to increase participation, sustain participation or develop opportunities for people to excel at their chosen sport. It is open to not-for-profit clubs or associations, statutory bodies or educational establishments. They do not fund individuals or organisations established to make a profit.
Cash 4 Clubs sports club grant scheme provides funding to community sports clubs in the UK, with grants ranging from £250 to £1,000 for purchase of new equipment and investing in the sustainability of clubs.
Family Fund helps families with severely disabled children and young people aged 17 and under to have choices and the opportunity to enjoy ordinary life. They support families by providing grants that relate to the need of the disabled child or young person.
SportsAid is the charity for sports people. They help the next generation of British sporting talent to succeed. Since 1976, when the charity was first established, SportsAid has given financial support and recognition to talented young sportsmen and women when they need it the most at the start of their journey to international success. They are the first organisation to recognise their talent, often when their parents are their only sponsors.
Variety Club Childrens Charity have provided over 3700 mobility aids to children and young people across the UK including manual, powered and sports wheelchairs. Grants range from £100 to tens of thousands of pounds.
True Colours operates a small grant programme to support small local organisations and projects that help disabled children and their families. Provides one-off grants up to £10,000. The Trustees are keen to support: Hydrotherapy pools, Multi sensory rooms, Mini buses, Young carers projects, Sibling projects, Bereavement support. Applications should be made using the on-line application form which requests project details and information on the organisation.
The Mobility Trust provides funding towards powered wheelchairs and scooters for severely disabled children and adults. Grants are only available for equipment that is not available from statutory sources and when the disabled person is unable to purchase for themselves.
The Elifar Foundation funds a wide range of specialised equipment, therapies and respite for children and adults with profound disabilities, physical disabilities or learning disabilities. Items funded in the past include: Wheelchairs, beds, specialised seating, trikes, communication aids, sensory equipment, holidays, treatments and therapies.
SF Charity provides financial support for disabled individuals of all ages for both equipment and services that make a significant difference to their lives. They are able to fund items such as trikes, powered wheelchairs, AAC communicators, computers, adjustable beds and mobility scooters. Applications may be submitted either by the individual (with a supporting letter from a professional) or from an organisation on their behalf. To make an application complete the on-line Enquiry Form. The fund operates in the Midlands, North West, Yorkshire and London.
Aspire Spinal Injury Charity supports people with spinal Cord injuries in the UK. Through it’s Human Needs Fund it is able to offer funding for specialist equipment not available from statutory services such as lightweight wheelchairs, powered chairs, electronic page turners and assistive technology equipment. Applications for medical equipment will require support from an appropriate health professional. To apply download the application form and guidelines from the Aspire website.
MS Society provides help and guidance on obtaining grants and financial aid from charitable and statutory funds. The MS Society branches can support individuals with financial help towards equipment, adaptions to the home and car, and top up funding for respite breaks.
ACT foundation‘s grants generally fall into the following areas: building (funding modifications such as stairlifts, bathroom adaptations and vehicle adaptations), equipment (provision of specialised wheelchairs, other mobility aids and equipment including medical equipment to assist independent living) and financial assistance towards the cost of respite breaks. They will not make grants which would replace statutory funding and/or which would pay for work that has already taken place or equipment already purchased or on order.
Action for Kids is a national charity working with children and young people with physical and learning disabilities and their parents and carers. They help disabled children, young people, their parents and carers in three main ways: by providing mobility aids, work related learning and by offering family support services.
The Hope Foundation for Children aims to improve the lives of children and young people affected by illness, disability or poverty. They provide funding for anything (with a few exceptions) that will benefit the child such as medical equipment, computers, holidays and days out.
React is a charity working to improve the quality of life for financially disadvantaged children with life-limiting illnesses living in the UK. They supply a wide range of equipment from specialist wheelchairs, beds, baths, and mobility aids, to essential everyday items like washing machines and tumble dryers.
Lifeline 4 Kids provides essential equipment to help improve the quality of life for children (0-18 years) with disabilities and special needs. For the individual child they provide the full spectrum of specialised equipment such as electric wheelchairs, mobility aids and varying items including specialised computers. They are also one of the only UK charities prepared to help a special needs child from a low-income family with essential smaller items such as shoes, clothing, bedding and specialist toys.
The Joseph Patrick Trust is the welfare trust of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. The trust provides financial support towards specialist equipment to help promote mobility and independence for people with muscular dystrophy, or a related muscle disease. For example, powered wheelchairs, adapted computers and electric beds. The grants cover pieces of equipment that the health and social services do not provide, but which are still vital for maintaining independence and quality of life.
The Jennifer Trust has an equipment panel that meets quarterly and can make awards towards the costs of specialist pieces of equipment. They equipment must be needed by someone with spinal muscular atrophy and the application must be for an item that is not provided by the NHS or Social Services.