Family Fund provide grants to families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people. There are other charities and grant-making bodies similar to Family Fund, who can also provide grants to families who need them.

A grant is financial help given to an individual for a specific purpose from a grant-making body.  Grants can be given as money, products or services and they don't have to be paid back.  Grant-making bodies can be governmental, private corporations or charitable trusts and foundations.



Applying for Local Authority grants

Local Welfare Assistance England

  • The Local Welfare Assistance scheme provides emergency financial support to people living in England.

  • The scheme is provided by local authorities. Each local council may have a different way of providing this grant, so you will need to check your local council website for more information.

  • You can search your local council website for the local assistance support that they offer. You can also use the End Furniture Poverty Local Welfare Assistance Finder on their website. Search for your local authority and the search will let you know what Local Assistance fund is available in your area.


The Scottish Welfare Fund

  • The Scottish Welfare Fund covers two different emergency grant schemes for people who require financial support in Scotland.

  • You may be eligible for the Crisis Grant if you're in crisis because of a disaster (like a fire or flood), or an emergency (like losing your money or job, or an unexpected expense).
  • You may be eligible for the Community Care Grant if you or someone you care for need support to start to live, or to carry on living, a settled life in the community. 
  • Both applications can be made through your local council. In some instances, you will need a professional, such as a support worker who works with you, to help you with your application.


Discretionary Assistance Fund Wales

  • The Wales Discretionary Assistance Fund covers two types of grant schemes for people who require emergency financial support in Wales.

  • You may be eligible for the Emergency Assistance Payment if you are experiencing financial hardship due to a recent crisis and require support urgently to cover food, gas or clothing.

  • You may be eligible for the Individual Assistance Payment if you are care for someone in order for them to live in their home independently, or you require support to live at home and need essential appliances or furniture.

  • Applications can be made online at the GOV.WALES website or over the phone (0800 859 5924)


Discretionary Support Loan Northern Ireland

  • In Northern Ireland, you may be able to get help towards short-term living expenses or household items through the Discretionary Support scheme, if you are in an extreme or exceptional situation or in crisis.

  • Depending on your circumstances, you may be offered either an interest-free loan or a grant that you would not have to pay back. The support may cover short-term living expenses, the cost of buying, repairing or replacing basic household items, travel expenses or advance rent.

  • Applications can be made on the NI Direct GOV website.


Other grants you can apply for:


  • Turn2us are a national charity that helps people in financial hardship to gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services.

  • You can use the Turn2us grant search tool to find local and national grants that you may be eligible to apply for.

  • Find out how to use the Turn2us grant search and make a grant application on our helpful short online information course.


Caudwell Children

  • Caudwell Children provide specialised services for disabled children and their families. Their Family Support Service provides practical and emotional support to help families to make informed choices and gain access to equipment, treatment, therapies, support and the local services they need.


Glasspool Charitable Trust

  • Glasspool provide small one-off grants to individuals for everyday items to help them cope when things get tough.

  • A supporting professional that works with you and your family will need to make the application on your behalf.


Family Action

  • Family Action transforms lives by providing practical, emotional and financial support to those who are experiencing poverty, disadvantage and social isolation across the country.

  • They provide a small amount of grants for Welfare and Educational Grants are limited to specific eligibility criteria, so make sure you meet the criteria of the grants before making an application. You will need a professional to make an application on your behalf.


Trussell Trust

  • Trussell Trust are a charity who have 1,200 food banks across the UK. They provide emotional and practical support around accessing food.

  • You can search for your local Trussell Trust to find your local foodbank.



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