Applying for charitable grants
It is important to be aware that charities or grant-giving trusts rarely give money for things that might reasonably be expected to be obtained from, or funded by, statutory sources (such as benefits). Therefore, it is probably a waste of time to apply to them if you have not already checked with potential statutory providers. If you have not already read that page, you are strongly advised to do so before applying to charitable sources.
However, it should not be considered a complete or comprehensive list and so it is probably wise to seek advice from a specialist disability advice service, such as Scope Response, to ensure that you have considered and exhausted all possible statutory sources.
If you have decided that you need the assistance of a charity or grant-giving trust, you will next need to identify which ones you can apply to. It might be possible to obtain a list from your care manager, social worker, a local advice organisation (such as the Citizens Advice Bureau) or your local DIAL disability information and advice line.
Researching grant-giving bodies
- There are numerous organisations listed in a directory called A Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need.
- Use the Turn 2 Us free Grants Search tool to help you find the most appropriate funds, based on your circumstances and needs.
- Check our funding and grant links.
Once you have obtained a list of likely funders, you will need to start on the often lengthy and complex business of making applications. If you are applying for a large sum, it is unlikely that you will receive all of it from one source, but will need to seek help from several sources.
Take time to ensure that you match the eligibility criteria for the charities or trusts to which you are applying. Find out if applications are required in writing, online, or on the organisation’s own application form. Some trusts and charities require applications to be submitted via a third party, for example Social Services, or some other professional known to you or the individual seeking the grant. Some may only accept one application per year.
More information from Scope
This information was last reviewed October 2013.