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Activity Fund

The purpose of the Activity Fund is to help provide children and young people with disabilities with a Short Break.  

More information on what we mean by a Short Break (opens a new window)

The way in which we offer Activity Funding is flexible. The Activity Fund provides £140 towards activities for eligible children and young people to enjoy each financial year (April to March), for example - swimming sessions, annual passes, and activity clubs during term time or school holidays. We welcome applications to support children and young people to enjoy these activities.

We also offer flexible use of the Activity Fund to support children and young people who are unable to access these activities or choose not to. Examples of flexible funding towards resources that may be agreed include:

  • Toys/games
  • Exercise equipment
  • Bubble machine
  • Trampoline
  • Bicycle/trike/scooter
  • Online subscription
  • Online fitness class
  • Online course
  • Laptop/tablet
  • Sensory lights
  • Musical instruments
  • Arts and crafts supplies
  • Musical instrument
  • Paddling pool
When can you apply for funding?

You can apply between 1 April 2022 and 1 March 2023.

See how other families have used Activity Funding (opens a new window)


What can’t the funding be used for?

It cannot be used for any kind of equipment, school trips, therapies or other health interventions, expenses such as transport, meals, the cost of other family member’s tickets etc. The funding cannot be used for an activity or holiday that has already happened (unless there is a valid reason for not applying beforehand).

Who is eligible for funding?

To be eligible to apply for Activity Funding, all three of these criteria must be met:

  • The child/young person’s main home address must be in the boroughs of Kingston or Richmond
  • The child/young person must be under 18 years of age
  • The child/young person must have a diagnosed disability, or: their parent/carer receives Disability Living Allowance (DLA)/Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for them, or: a professional confirms their disability meets the Equality Act 2010 definition of disability, or: they are on the pathway to being diagnosed with a disability
Who can apply for this funding?

The parent/carer or a professional such as a Social Worker, Family Support Worker or school SENCO can complete the form on behalf of a parent/carer.

Is there a cap on funding?

The amount of funding available per child, per year (1 April to the 31 March) is £140.

How is the funding paid?

The parent/carer will be reimbursed once they have provided us with the proof of purchase. Or, if possible, we can request an invoice from the provider and pay them directly. All payments are subject to the 30 day AfC payment terms.

Apply for Activity Fund

Apply for Activity Funding online (opens a new window)

If you cannot apply online, please call the Activity Fund Administrator:

Activity Fund Administrator

Phone: 020 8547 5562

Email: activityfund@achievingforchildren.org.uk