disability grants

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Grants for disabled people

The costs associated with being disabled can really add up. Accessible holidays might cost a bit more than regular ones, while equipment costs can be prohibitive.

Some disabled people might need extra heating to stay well, others may need to spend money on carers and personal assistants, while others can find themselves stumping up the cost for specialised food to meet their dietary requirements. This is where grants for disabled adults can really come in handy.

So, if you are looking for help with accessible housing, a special holiday for a sick child, support with education or employment or help with a specific health condition, looking into the grants available – usually provided by governments or charities – can provide some much-needed financial relief for families and individual disabled people. Find out more about grants for mobility scooters.

Grants for disabled holidaymakers

When you factor in extra insurance costs, specialised housing and equipment, disabled people can find that they pay more for their holidays than non-disabled people do. It is for this reason that many charities and organisations provide funding to help disabled people to enjoy a vacation.

Organisations exist that offer grants to help disabled adults and children to go on holiday, and there are also organisations that offer subsidised accessible holiday accommodation and entertainment. The Calvert Trust, for instance, provides outdoor adventure holidays for adults and children with a wide range of impairments, while Cystic Fibrosis Holiday Fund offers grants for people under the age of 25 who have cystic fibrosis. Yellow Submarine provides subsidised holidays to adults with learning disabilities, the lucky ones being offered the chance to travel to France or to destinations around the UK.

Always do your research – you might find grants or holiday offers in surprising places, so check out what’s available. Learn more about disabled access holidays.

Grants for disability equipment

While disability equipment is incredibly good value, it is still an additional cost. There are organisations that offer funding support to disabled people who need equipment. Sometimes, this is local councils and national government schemes, other times it is charities and disability-related organisations.

The Headley Trust, for example, provides funding of up to £2,000 for adults who are in need of disability equipment such as electric wheelchairs, stair lifts or communication aids, and The Mobility Trust sends its own Occupational Therapist to assess disabled people’s needs and then provides (and funds) equipment for them to use.

Other disability grants and funds

Many organisations offering grants and funding do not easily fit into a set category. The Disability Foundation, for example, is an organisation that offers funding to disabled people who would like to use alternative therapies as part of their treatment or wellbeing plans, and the Florence Nightingale Aid in Sickness Trust offers funding to disabled people who need medical equipment or services to improve their quality of life.

Some disability grants are very specific – Elizabeth Finn Care offers financial support to individuals in need who have previously worked in jobs that required Level 4 qualifications, while Freemasonry Cares will only support people who are Freemasons or the dependents of Freemasons. So consider your personal situation and your needs and look around for grants that may be more applicable to your own circumstances.

How to apply for a disability grant

Every grant application is different, so the most important thing is to carefully read the information about who can qualify and what is funded.

Many of these organisations and government bodies require that a professional fills out the application form on behalf of the applicant. Pay attention to details like this, and be ready to ask your social worker, doctor or welfare advisor to complete the form and send it off so that you stand the best chance of having your grant approved.

DISABILITY Grants and Financial Help

Revitalise

Revitalise

 

Revitalise Support Fund

We know that affordability can be affected by many things, preventing you from getting the time off you richly deserve.

We also know that good quality respite for disabled people and their carers is absolutely essential. That’s why we have created the Revitalise Support Fund – to ensure that everyone that needs a break can access one.

Disability Information Scotland

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Previously known as Update, we re-branded in 2015 to ensure that our purpose was clear and easily understood to all.
Disability Information Scotland helps to guide people through the maze of disability information. We offer information via:

We work with disabled people, their families, friends, carers and people who work in the sector.

Disabled Facilities Grants

Disabled Facilities Grants

 

You could get a grant from your council if you’re disabled and need to make changes to your home, for example to:

  • widen doors and install ramps
  • improve access to rooms and facilities - eg stairlifts or a downstairs bathroom
  • provide a heating system suitable for your needs
  • adapt heating or lighting controls to make them easier to use

A Disabled Facilities Grant won’t affect any benefits you get.

Disability Rights UK

Disability Rights UK


Housing Grants

Family Fund

Family Fund

 

Family Fund is the UK’s largest charity providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people. Last year, we provided 88,407 grants or services worth over £33 million to families across the UK.

Our purpose is to improve the lives of low-income families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people.

Our mission is to provide items and services to all low-income families in the UK raising disabled or seriously ill children, that they could not otherwise afford or access, and that help improve their quality of life, realise their rights, and remove some of the barriers they face.

Our vision is that all families raising disabled or seriously ill children have the same choices, quality of life, opportunities and aspirations as other families.

We provide grants for a wide range of items, such as washing machines, sensory toys, family breaks, bedding, tablets, furniture, outdoor play equipment, clothing and computers. It can be a struggle financially, emotionally and physically for families raising a disabled or seriously ill child, and these grants help break down many of the barriers families face, improving their quality of life and easing the additional daily pressures.

Disability Grants

Disability Grants

 

Grants for Disabled Adults
General Grants

TURN2US

 

Turn2us is a national charity helping people when times get tough. We provide financial support to help people get back on track.

Check Benefit Entitlement

TURN2US check benefit entitlement

Use the Benefits Calculator to find out which welfare benefits you may be entitled to. 

Search for a grant

TURN2US search for a grant

Use the Grant Search to find out what charitable funds you may be eligible for. 

DISABILITY BENEFITS HELPLINE

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Contact the Disability Service Centre

Get advice or information about a claim you’ve already made for Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance or Personal Independence Payment.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Telephone: 0800 121 4433
Textphone: 0800 121 4493
NGT text relay (if you cannot hear or speak on the phone): 18001 then 0800 121 4433
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
Find out about call charges

There’s a different number if you want to make a claim for PIP.

British Sign Language (BSL) video relay service

 

To use the Personal Independence Payment video relay service you must:

Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

The video relay service uses a free plugin. You may need to change the security settings on your device to install this.

Alternative formats

Call to ask for alternative formats, such as braille, large print or audio CD.

Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

 

If you’ve made a claim for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and you want to talk about Disability Living Allowance, you need to call the PIPnumber instead.

If you were born after 8 April 1948
Telephone: 0800 121 4600
Textphone: 0800 121 4523
NGT text relay (if you cannot hear or speak on the phone): 18001 then 0800 121 4600
Monday to Friday, 8am to 7:30pm
Find out about call charges

If you were born on or before 8 April 1948
Telephone: 0800 731 0122
Textphone: 0800 731 0317
NGT text relay (if you cannot hear or speak on the phone): 18001 then 0800 731 0122
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
Find out about call charges

 

British Sign Language (BSL) video relay service

To use the Disability Living Allowance video relay service you must:

Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

The video relay service uses a free plugin. You may need to change the security settings on your device to install this.

Alternative formats

Call to ask for alternative formats, such as braille, large print or audio CD.

Attendance Allowance (AA)

Telephone: 0800 731 0122
Textphone: 0800 731 0317
NGT text relay (if you cannot hear or speak on the phone): 18001 then 0800 731 0122
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
Find out about call charges

British Sign Language (BSL) video relay service

To use the Attendance Allowance video relay service you must:

Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

The video relay service uses a free plugin. You may need to change the security settings on your device to install this.

Alternative formats

Call to ask for alternative formats, such as braille, large print or audio CD.

Postal address for DLA for adults (aged 16 and over)

If you were born after 8 April 1948

Department for Work & Pensions
Disability Living Allowance
Warbreck House
Warbreck Hill Road
Blackpool
FY2 0YE

If you were born on or before 8 April 1948

Disability Living Allowance DLA65+
Mail Handling Site A
Wolverhampton
WV98 2AH 

Complain about the Disability Service Centre

 

Contact the Department for Work and Pensions to complain about the Disability Service Centre.