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

  • You live in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales (Please note: If you are a family living in Wales, please visit our Wales application pages to apply.)
  • You are the parent or carer of a disabled or seriously ill child or young person aged 0-17 who lives with you
  • You are currently living in the UK and done so for at least six months, or three months if your child is less than six months old. You are eligible to work and apply for public funds
  • Your child is not in Local Authority care
  • You 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.
    • Your child or young person has additional support needs arising from a long term disability or disabling condition or a serious or life limiting illness. By long term we mean lasting or likely to last 12 months or more.

    You must meet all Family Fund eligibility criteria in order to be considered for a grant.

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

     

    Frequently asked questions:

    I am not in receipt of any of the benefits listed above

    You 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.

    "Why is there an income limit?"

    All our grants are discretionary and subject to available funding, so we may 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 whether 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 your child or young person would meet Family Fund's criteria, please apply. When we receive your application, we will check that it meets all our eligibility criteria.