Are you raising a disabled or seriously ill child?
Family Fund may be able to help.
Family Fund is a UK-wide charity that provides grants for essential items to families on low incomes raising disabled or seriously ill children.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Family Fund has continued to provide vital support to families and has seen a significant increase in applications. In May, in response to this extra need, the Department for Education provided a further £10 million in additional funding to the £27.3 million it had already committed to Family Fund, which has allowed them to support thousands more families.
This funding is still available, and families can apply for a grant right now by clicking here.
Families can apply online, by downloading an application form, or by ordering one to be sent to them.
Who can apply?
Family Fund supports families living in England, who are raising a disabled or seriously ill child up to the age of 17. Support is focused on those on low incomes with a child/children who have a high level of additional support needs arising from a long-term disability or disabling condition or a serious or life-limiting illness.
If you think you, or a family you know, might be eligible, you can check by reading their family eligibility criteria at here, and their child and young person’s eligibility criteria, based on the social model of disability, here.
If you have previously received a grant from Family Fund before 1 April 2020 and your circumstances have not changed, you can re-apply.
What can families apply for?
Families can apply for grants for a wide variety of items that they feel could help their disabled child and ease some of the everyday pressures they face. These can include kitchen appliances, computers and tablets, furniture, family breaks and day trips, sensory toys, clothing and bedding, and more. Find out more about the grant items available here.
If you know someone who you think might be eligible to apply to Family Fund, please share this information with them.
If you would like to receive advice and support from our team please follow the link here.
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