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.

Who do we help?

We help families across Wales 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 Wales.
  • You are the parent or carer of a disabled or seriously ill child or young person aged 17 or under (read our disability criteria).
  • You have permanent legal residency in the UK and have lived in the UK for the last six months.
  • 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 these, 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. (*Please note: We may need to contact you for further information about your household income if you are in receipt of either Incapacity Benefit or Employment Support Allowance.)
  • You have not previously received a grant from Family Fund in the last three years unless you wish to apply for certain essential items (clothing, bedding, kitchen appliances, beds, storage units) in which case limited funding is available.

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

Families who have received a grant from Family Fund in the last three years cannot currently apply for the full range of grants. This is because, under the terms of our funding, we have to prioritise those families who have not previously received any support from us.

If you have received a grant in the last three years, you can apply for a grant for certain essential items (clothing, bedding, kitchen appliances, beds, storage units), but please be aware that this funding is very limited and is provided by a separate funding arrangement with the Garfield Weston Foundation.

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.

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.


“Why can’t you provide the full range of grants to families who’ve previously been supported?”

Under the terms of our new funding agreement, Welsh Government has asked that we prioritise families who have not previously received support from Family Fund. We can still provide urgent grants to families requiring support with hospital visiting costs and similar needs, or where a family is in crisis, and have limited funding available for certain essential items, thanks to the Garfield Weston Foundation.

We understand that, for some families, crisis can happen unexpectedly at any time and for many different reasons. Some of these reasons might include an additional disabled child in the family, bereavement of family member or a significant change in financial circumstances. In order to look at each application on its own merits, we will assess each application for a crisis grant individually.

“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.

Apply for a grant.

Find out about other support for families in Wales.