This is a list of organisations that offer grants or funding that can be used towards short breaks, equipment and other things. If you have any suggestions to add, please let us know. Click the orange links to visit the websites.
Chances Charity is a small independent charity working to help parents/carers requiring support with children and young people with disabilities under 13 years of age. Working with Achieving for Children, a new project has been set up to support working parents/carers. This will be through the offer of grants and funding.
The average cost of awards will be as follows:
- Day trips £50 per person maximum. Funding restricted to parents/carers and immediate children – no extended family members are included
- Education/learning £150 max per application
- Short break activities for families in need. Up to £1000 max dependant on number of beneficiaries
- Other services/goods. Max of £300.
Download an application form for funding (opens a word doc)
Contact keep an updated list of grant funders on their website.
Turn2us is a website that offers help and information for anyone experiencing financial hardship or debt problems, or who is looking for funding to support an individual need within the family such as a short break. It has a grant and benefit search engine which can be tailored to meet your requirements including locality, and a phone helpline that is free to call and gives you access to trained staff who can talk you through your options. The service is available to individuals and organisations acting on their behalf.
The Family Fund - If you are raising a disabled or seriously ill child, the family fund may be able to help with a grant for household items, equipment, sensory toys, a family break or something to help with college for 16/17 year olds. You can apply as a parent carer, or agencies can apply on their behalf.
Family Fund videos
BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials - The BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme is delivered by Family Fund Business Services (FFBS). It aims to provide grant items that meet children and young peoples’ most basic needs or are critical to their wellbeing.
The Family Holiday Association (FHA) supports families on a low income, that have not been on holiday for the past four years and have at least one child between three and 18 years of age can obtain financial support for a break during 2016 and 2017. The FHA can only accept applications from referring agents (such as a teacher, social worker or health visitor, etc) and not directly from families.
The Disability Grants website has a a comprehensive self search directory that is organised into themed sections such as grants for children, families, equipment and holiday grants.
Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity awards Marvellous Family Grants of up to £500 to families facing financial hardship while caring for a child with a serious illness. Aiming to provide support to help families cope, grants can cover a wide range of costs from respite breaks and counselling to hospital travel expenses. Applications must be made on behalf of the family by a healthcare professional, social services, health visitors, or grant coordinators within an organisation. All grant requests are assessed monthly on the third Friday of the month and applications need to be submitted by 5pm on the third Thursday of the month. Successful applicants are usually notified within two weeks of the assessment.
Tree of Hope -Tree of Hope Children's Charity provides support for children and young people who need help the most. They raise funds to help pay for specialist care.
Carer Trust website has a list of holidays, and charities that provide breaks for carers either with or without their cared for, and options for covering costs
There are a number of local funders such as Richmond Parish Lands Charity, Hampton Fuel Allotments and Barnes Workhouse Fund that offer grants to individuals and families particularly in relation to fuel grants, white goods and other household equipment and education.
The Henry Smith Charity (Richmond) - People experiencing hardship or distress who live in Richmond, Ham, Petersham or Kew. Applications in writing from referring bodies such as citizen advice and social services.
Happy Days Children's Charity - The Charity supports families with children aged 3-17 years who have learning difficulties, physical or mental disabilities, acute, chronic or life limiting illnesses, been abused or neglected, witnessed domestic violence, been bereaved or act as carers for a parent or a sibling. Eligible applicants can apply for the costs of the following activities: Day trips/theatre trips/theatre workshops and Group Activity Holidays.
The Glasspool Trust makes grants to individuals which has no restriction to the type of beneficiary. Its vision is of a society where people in need receive significant support to overcome hardship. Individuals cannot apply direct but social care, charities and advice agencies can apply on an individual’s behalf.
Percy Bilton Charity - Charities assisting disadvantaged youth, people with disabilities, people with mental health problems and older people may apply for grants towards furnishings and equipment (excluding office items), building or refurbishment projects.
Social Workers, Community Psychiatric Nurses and Occupational Therapists within Local Authorities or NHS Trusts may apply on behalf of individuals in financial need who have a disability or severe mental health problem, or who are over 65 on low income, for basic household items including white goods, single beds, flooring and clothing vouchers. An application form may be requested by one of these professionals by emailing or telephoning the Charity.
Always look on the Bright Side of Life Charitable Trust - Grants to make children smile. The trust awards one off grants to children in need for activities/ items(not household)/trips that children’s families are unable to afford. The child must be disadvantaged due to financial circumstances, disability/ill health or other category.
Disability Grants - This page is organised by need, ie Trikes & Bikes, medical needs, iPads etc.
Citizen Advice offer advice across all topics including financial. They offer pre-booked appointments and drop in sessions. Their advice is also available by phone, e-mail and online.
Funding for Organisations
Greggs Local Community Projects Fund offers grants of up to £2,000 to organisations supporting people in need. They are particularly interested in projects that improve resilience. The outcomes for beneficiaries they are looking for are projects that enable one or more of the following:
- Reducing social isolation
- Increasing health and well being
- Increasing resilience/coping mechanizms
- Improving life skills
- Increasing opportunities
Thames Valley Housing Community Chest offers grants to support projects that benefit TVHA areas of operation.
TVHA head office is in Twickenham and they have a number of housing schemes in the borough including Third Cross Road Twickenham and Kew Riverside. They support projects under three categories:
- Building Neighbourhoods including health, education ,training, environmental issues and access to leisure activities
- Celebrating Heritage and Culture
- Working for community change including worklessness and volunteering
Grants are up to £5,000 with the majority smaller than that. For more information and to apply:
The Dudley and Geoffrey Cox Charitable Trust awards grants in two categories:
- Medical research
- Youth benefit and Welfare
Youth grants relate to anything that benefits youth. Welfare relates to improving the well-being, living conditions, comfort or general flourishing of particular groups. It is a very broad category but it could include projects that support the homeless, those in prison, isolated elderly people and people in financial hardship.
In order of priority the following applies:
- Registered charities based and working in London with a postcode starting with W, SW, or NW. (SW13/SW14/SW15 applicable here)
- Work which benefits the whole or part of Greater London
- SE of England
In addition those with income under £100k are prioritise followed by those with income £100k-500k. For more information and an application:
This list was supplied by
Heather Mathew, Children and Young People Voluntary Sector Strategic Lead Manager, Richmond CVS
Phone: 020 8843 7945