Help to make life easier

Parents of children who have special needs know that raising the child can be a struggle financially, emotionally and physically. Family Fund provides grants help break down many of the barriers families face, improving their quality of life and easing the additional daily pressures.

Family Fund has been around since 1973 and is the UK’s largest charity providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people. Last year, we provided 88,119 grants or services worth over £33 million to families across the UK.

Family Fund believes that all families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people should have the same opportunities as others. Beginning with the most vulnerable, those on low incomes, and considering all conditions against their disability criteria, they aim to make a difference to outcomes for disabled or seriously ill children and young people and the lives of the families raising them across the UK.

Available grants

Family Fund provides grants for a wide range of items, including:

  • Washing machines
  • Sensory toys
  • Family breaks
  • Bedding
  • Tablets
  • Furniture,
  • Outdoor play equipment
  • Clothing

Their ambition is to provide 150,000 grants and services to families across the UK by 2022.


In order to apply for a grant you must have a child who needs additional support arising from a disability or disabling condition or with a serious or life threatening illness

Families applying for a grant will meet this criteria where:

  • There is evidence that their additional needs impact on family’s choices and their opportunity to enjoy ordinary life; the degree of planning and support required to meet their needs are much greater than that usually required to meet the needs of children.


  • They require a high level of support in three or more of Family Fund’s seven areas of support descriptors below.


  • Their condition is long term or life limiting (by long term we mean lasting or likely to last 12 months or more).

Your child should require support in at least three of the seven areas below:

  • Personal care, supervision and vigilance: things like feeding, washing, toileting; a very high level of supervision
  • Access to social activities: for example, engaging socially and taking part in activities
  • Education: the type of support that is given for learning and who gives it?
  • Communication: listening, speaking and understanding
  • Therapy and medical treatment: we mean what treatment or therapy is given, who does this, how often and when?
  • Specialist resources used: for instance a wheelchair, oxygen, screen magnifier, electronic communication aid
  • The physical environment: support with getting around and keeping safe.

For further information and to apply take a look at the Family Fund website at

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