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. 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 17 or under (read our child and young person's eligibility criteria).
  • You and your child must be living in the UK when the application is made, eligible to work and apply for public fund (benefits), and must have been resident in the UK for at least six months, or three months if the child is less than six months old.
  • You 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 you do not receive any of the above, you can still apply, but we will need some extra information about your household income. Depending on what money you have coming into your home we may not be able to help as we have to prioritise helping those on lower incomes. If you are not in receipt of any of the above benefits, you will need to provide additional information and evidence of your whole household income and we will contact you after you 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 discretionary and subject to available funding, so we may 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.


“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.