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. Find out if you could be eligible. Expand 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. 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 have done so for at least six months, or three months if your child is less than six months old. Your child is not in Local Authority care. This does not include children who are classified as a ‘Child in Need’ under Section 17 of the Children’s Act 1989 (England and Wales), and Section 23 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995, and Section 17 of The Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995. You can share evidence of your benefit entitlement to any one of the following benefits: 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 a high level of 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. Please read our child and young person eligibility criteria to see if you meet the criteria in this area. Within the application, we will ask to see proof that the criteria has been met. We will need to see the most recent letter of benefit entitlement containing the name of the main carer who has applied for the grant and their current address as stated on the application. Carers allowance cannot be used as proof of income. In certain circumstances where the main carer has No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) we do not need income confirmation, but will need to speak to a third party to verify family income and situation. If you do not meet the above household eligibility criteria, 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. If you feel your child meets all of the necessary criteria, you can apply now.