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 17 or under (read our disability criteria).
  • They have permanent legal residency in the UK and have lived in the UK for the last six months.
  • They have evidence of entitlement to one of the following: Universal Credit, Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit, Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Support, Incapacity Benefit*, Employment Support Allowance*, Housing Benefit and Pension Credit.
  • If they do not receive any of the above, the family can still apply, but we will need some extra information about their household income. Depending on what money they have coming into their home we may not be able to help as we have to prioritise helping those on lower incomes. If the family are not in receipt of any of the above benefits, they will need to provide additional information and evidence of the whole household income and we will be in contact once they have applied. If you would like to ask any questions or discuss it before you apply please do contact us.

*Please note: We may need to contact you for further information about your household income.

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.

Where we are unable to help

We are unable to help children and young people in local authority care, including those living with foster carers. This is because local authorities have a general duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of any child in its care, and to meet the needs of the child

We are also unable to help with requests where a statutory agency (such as local authorities or health services) has a responsibility to provide the item needed.

*We may need to contact you for further information about your household income.Help from the Family Fund is discretionary and subject to available funding.


“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.