Who do we help?

We help families across the UK who are raising a disabled or seriously ill child or young person aged 17 or under. Families can apply to the Family Fund if:

  • They live in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales (Please note: If the family is living in Wales, please visit our Wales application pages to apply.)
  • They are the parent or carer of a disabled or seriously ill child or young person aged 0-17 who lives with them.
  • They are currently living in the UK and have done so for the last six months or longer, or three months if the child is less than six months old. They are eligible to work and apply for public funds.
  • Their child is not in Local Authority care.
  • They have evidence of entitlement to any one of the following:
        • Universal Credit
        • Child Tax Credit
        • Working Tax Credit
        • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
        • Income Related Employment Support Allowance
        • Income Support
        • Housing Benefit
        • Pension Credit.
    • The child or young person they are applying for has additional support needs arising from a long term disability or disabling condition or a serious or life threatening illness. By long term we mean lasting or likely to last 12 months or more.

    Family is not in receipt of any of the benefits listed above

    They may still apply but you will need to provide extra information about your household income.  Our grants are discretionary and subject to available funding; we may decline an application where a family has a significant level of savings, capital or household income.

    If you would like to ask any questions or discuss this before a family makes an application, please contact us.

    A family must meet all Family Fund eligibility criteria in order to be considered for a grant


    "Why is there an income limit?"

    All our grants are subject to available funding, so we may have to decline an application where a family has a significant level of capital or household income.

    "Why can’t you help if my child is in local authority care?"

    We are not able to consider applications where a child or young person is in local authority care, including those living with foster carers.  Local authorities have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of any child in its care, and to meet the needs of the child.

    "My child has been assessed as needing a special needs buggy, can you help?"

    We are also unable to consider requests where a statutory agency has responsibility to provide an assessed need.

    “My child was eligible last time – will they always be eligible for help?”

    We confirm a child meets our disability criteria each time an application is made.  Although children may meet our criteria initially, this may change over time due to medical intervention, medication, dietary or other management of their condition or as they get older.  

    “My child was not eligible for help before.  Can I apply again? “

    Although a child may not meet our criteria and be eligible for help at first, this can change over time and they may well come within our criteria later on.  Or a child’s condition may have deteriorated since last time and you now feel they would meet our criteria.

    Remember - If you are in doubt as to whether the child or young person you are supporting would meet the Fund's criteria, please apply. When we receive the application, we will check that it meets all our eligibility criteria.

    Apply for a grant.