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Charitable grant and funding to help families



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.  

Lifetime Chances Charity (opens a new window) is a small independent charity working to help parents/carers requiring support with children and young people with disabilities under 13 years of age who live in The Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames or The London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames.  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.

All funding requests need to highlight the expected positive outcomes for the eligible child or young person.

The average cost of awards will be as follows: 

Day trips Theme parks, farms, national parks etc.

Up to £50 per person maximum (funding restricted to parents or carers and immediate children - no extended family members are included)
Education/ Learning iPad, resources, tuition etc. 

Up to £150 maximum per application.
Other services/ goods Cleaning, household appliances, furniture etc.

Up to £300 maximum per application.


Apply online (opens a new window)

Contact (opens a new window) keep an updated list of grant funders on their website.

Turn2us (opens a new window) 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 (opens a new window) - 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 (opens a new window) - 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. 

Referrals to this scheme can be made by local charity Skylarks (opens a new window) for families who have children with any additional needs or disabilities.


The Family Holiday Association (FHA) (opens a new window) 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 to obtain financial support for a break. 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 (opens a new window) has a a comprehensive self search directory that is organised into themed sections such as grants for children, families, equipment and holiday grants. 

Tree of Hope (opens a new window) 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 (opens a new window) 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

Variety - the children's charity (opens a new window) part-and-fully fund wheelchairs and specialist equipment for children and young people aged 18 and under who have a recognised disability or long-term health condition. From diabetes monitors to specialist car seats and powered wheelchairs to sensory equipment, they may be able to help.

Cash for Kids (opens a new window) responds to the needs of children in our communities so they can live life to the full and realise their individual potential.

Based across 22 areas in the UK, at the heart of your favourite radio stations, we support children aged 0-18 who are disabled, disadvantaged or suffering from abuse or neglect.

Scope’s Disability Energy Support service provides free energy advice to any household where a disabled person lives across England and Wales.

Expert energy advisers can offer support with:
• Energy debt
• Switching tariffs or supplier
• Changing your meter
• Green energy
• Becoming more energy efficient
• Accessing energy benefits, grant and trusts
• Contact or complaining to your supplier
• Understanding your bills
• Understanding how to use your heating systems
• Free pre-payment fuel vouchers (conditions apply)

Book an appointment 
Appointments available Monday – Friday 8am – 8pm (excluding bank holidays)
Freephone: 0808 801 0828
Lines open Monday – Friday 11am – 4pm (excluding bank holidays)

Local funders

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) (opens a new window) - 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 (opens a new window) - 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 (opens a new window) 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 (opens a new window) - 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 (opens a new window) - 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.

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.
Citizens Advice Richmond (opens a new window)

Citizens Advice Kingston (opens a new window)

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

Greggs Project Fund (opens a new window)

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:

Thames Valley Housing Community Chest (opens a new window)