This information is for families in Wales. If you live in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland, please visit our 'Are we eligible to apply?' page.

In Wales, our funding from Welsh Government is designed to support grants that:

  • Support families to take a break as a family
  • Support parents and carers to take a break from their caring responsibilities
  • Support families with items that help to ease some of the daily pressures they face.

Our most requested grants are for family breaks, either in the UK or abroad, but we can also look at grants for day trips and other leisure activities. We can also consider grants that allow parents and carers to take a break from their caring by paying for activity clubs, childcare and home-based support.

When applying for grants that support either a break from caring or a break for your entire family, think about what would be most likely to make a difference. If you would like to request more than one item, please make sure you list your items in order of priority, with the most important things first. We will consider your grant requests in this order. We try to help as many families as possible, but we may not always be able to help with all items or services requested.

In addition to family breaks and short breaks, we will look at any grant request that relates to the needs of a disabled or seriously ill child, young person and their family. This might be furniture, clothing, bedding, kitchen appliances, sensory toys, computers or tablets. Please note though, that our funding for these types of grant items is much more limited, and we may not be able to help with all requests.

We also have limited funding available for essential items (clothing, bedding, kitchen appliances, beds, storage units) for families who have previously received a grant from Family Fund in the last three years. Funding for this is provided by the Garfield Weston Foundation.

We have contracts with a range of suppliers to provide the majority of our grants. The use of contracts allows us to arrange discounts with different suppliers, meaning that our funding goes further. The discounts we receive from our partners make sure thousands of additional families are helped every year and is an important revenue stream for Family Fund. Where we cannot issue a grant using one of these suppliers, a representative from Family Fund will talk to you about the best way to issue your grant.

Find out more about the main suppliers we work with.

Due to our limited funding we are unable to help with every request, especially items of a very high value (for example, cars or driving lessons). There are some items which local authorities / public services have a statutory responsibility to provide, and Family Fund will be unable to help with grants for these.

Apply for a grant.

Find out about other support for families in Wales.