Holiday Grants

Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life

Grant providing charitable trust

The charity’s ongoing focus is to relieve the needs of children (under 18 year olds) by reason of finance, illness, or other disadvantage, by the provision of grants to improve their conditions of life.

The Charity is particularly interested in applications for grants that will provide children with enjoyment, not just the basic essentials of daily life, though these may also be funded where deemed appropriate.


Free holiday camps for children living with a serious illness and their families

Offers free, specially designed camps and programmes for children and their families living with a serious illness – supported behind the scenes by 24 hour on site medical and nursing care. Based in County Kildare, Ireland, transport to the camps is also free.

Brittle Bone Society

Brittle bone support charity

The Brittle Bone Society is the sole organisation set up to address the needs of people born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI). The charity supports people in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Their website provides a wide range of resources and information.

They also provide grants to pay towards wheelchairs, specialised equipment, holidays and respite care.


Free short breaks for full time carers

Carefree is a charity that provides free short breaks to full time carers (30+ hours a week, aged 18+) by using 1 or 2 night stays that are donated by their hospitality partners (they're working on making longer breaks available).

There is no charge for the accommodation, but you are responsible for all other costs (transport, food, travel insurance etc.) and there’s a £25 admin fee to help with the cost of operating the charity. You must be able to arrange for interim care for while you are away.

Cracker Jacks Children's Trust

Grants for specialist equipment, sensory toys and respite breaks

Offer grants of upto £700 (although their website lists numerous grants that have been made for considerably more than this) for specialist equipment/sensory toys and also for respite breaks.

CS Disabled Holidays

Financial help for holidays for people with severe physical disabilities

CS Disabled Holidays provide financial help for holidays for people living with severe physical disability due to neurological or neuromuscular disorders.

CS Disabled Holidays are willing to fund up to 50% of the costs (to an absolute limit of £2,000) of a holiday of one or two weeks per year. It is anticipated that applicants will have also sought assistance from relevant statutory sources and disease-specific charities for the balance.

Disability Grants Website

Grants listing website

Disability Grants is a website that lists a massive number of grants that are available throughout the UK. It also has various other information and resources about various disabilities and a map of holiday caravans that are owned by charities around the UK.

Dravet Syndrome UK

Support Charity for those affected by Dravet Syndrome

Dravet Syndrome UK is dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by Dravet Syndrome (a severe form of Epilepsy) through support, education and medical research.

They can provide grants for seizure monitors and fund an annual weekend away for families at Centre Parcs.

Dream Makers

Charity offers holidays for disabled and terminally ill and can provide equipment

Dream Makers is a charity that offers holidays to the disabled, terminally ill, underprivileged and those with special needs.

They have also granted requests for TVs for the visually impaired and tablets to help with special needs learning, wheelchairs and specially adapted bikes etc

Family Fund

Support for low income families raising disabled or seriously ill children

Is a charity that aims to improve the lives of low-income families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people. They offer grants for short breaks, essential items and services (eg washing machines, toys, furniture, tablets / computers, bedding, clothing etc) and their website also has a series of guides on various types of support that is available.

To be able to apply for a grant you must meet certain criteria, which are basically that your child must have a high level of additional support needs arising from a long term disabling condition or a serious or life limiting illness and you must be in receipt of a means tested benefit (eg Universal Credit).

Fulfil The Wish

Activities and holidays for young people with lifelong / life limiting conditions

Fulfil the Wish is a registered charity which was founded in 2000 to provide activity and sightseeing holidays for children and young people who have lifelong and life-limiting disabilities.

Hannah's Holiday Home

Free UK holidays for children with cancer or life limiting conditions

Hannah’s Holiday Home offers free holidays to children with cancer and life limiting illnesses at one of their three UK holiday homes.

Happy Days Children's Charity

Days out and holidays for children with special needs

Helps families and groups by organising and funding special days and holidays such as trips to the seaside, theatres, zoos, museums, outdoor activity centres, sporting events and other educational and cultural activities for children in the UK living with mental, physical and emotional difficulties.

Kids Cancer Charity

Support and Orlando holidays for kids and their families dealing with cancer

Kids Cancer Charity offers support and advice to families of children dealing with cancer. They also offer compassionate care breaks at one of their three UK holiday homes, 3 or 4 day breaks at Disneyland Paris and assistance with organising visits to Orlando, USA, including potentially free stays in their luxury Orlando Villa.

Lennox Children's Cancer Fund

Charity supports children and their families who are living with cancer

Lennox Children's Cancer fund supports children who are living with cancer and their families. They offer emotional support, practical support and advice on things like financial entitlements and treatment procedures, respite breaks in one of their two holiday homes in the New Forest and financial support through a grant scheme (at the time of writing their grant scheme is currently on hold).

Linking Help With Hope

Grants for those on very low income who have / care for someone with a physical or learning disability

Linking Help With Hope helps those who are living on a very low income, receiving the appropriate welfare benefits and who have exhausted all other funding sources including statutory funding, occupational, local and specialist charities. They help those with physical and diagnosed mental health conditions, learning disabilities, and people caring for an adult or child with a disability.

LHH provides grants of up to £250. These are generally awarded for or towards essential household items and specialist equipment not available from statutory agencies.

LHH also provide ongoing financial assistance. LHH currently supports around 70 ill and less able people with regular financial help.

Depending on available funds, LHH can also make one-off payments for carer’s breaks.

Me And Dee

Sherwood Forest loadge holidays for families of children with life limiting conditions

Me & Dee provide memory holidays to families of children with life limiting conditions at their lodge in Sherwood Forest.

Newman Holiday Trust

Provide UK holidays for children with disabilities who would otherwise not receive a holiday

Provides holidays at various locations across the UK for children with disabilities and special needs aged 4-16, who due to the high level of skilled care they require or their financial circumstances, the children selected for these breaks would not otherwise receive a holiday.

Ogilvie Charities

Grants to support respite holidays for carers

The Ogilvie Charities make grants to support respite holidays for carers. The primary aim is to give a complete break to a carer while the person cared for is receiving respite care. In exceptional circumstances we may assist where the carer and cared for wish to holiday together, provided they are husband and wife or partners, or an adult child caring for an aged parent or vice versa. If funds allow, consideration may be given to funding family holidays in the UK where one or more family member suffers a severe disability.

Typical grants range from £200 to £300.

Oliver Curd Trust

Holiday accommodation for families affected by childhood cancer and other life threatening conditions

Offer holiday accommodation to families affected by childhood cancer and other life threatening and life-limiting conditions, including those experiencing bereavement. They own two mobile homes on holiday parks in East Sussex.

Promise Dreams

Wish granting charity for seriously or terminally ill children

Promise Dreams is a national charity which aims to make a real difference to children who are seriously or terminally ill. It also makes a difference for their families who are usually massively impacted. Each child and family has a dream and they aim to make it come true.

It could be a holiday to create special/last memories with siblings and family.

Perhaps meeting their celebrity hero or visiting a place which is special to them.

Often it's adapted or essential equipment to improve their quality of life.

In fact, anything that will make life happier and easier for the family in need.

REACT Charity

Support children with potentially terminal illness living in financially disadvantaged households

React – Rapid Effective Assistance for Children with potentially Terminal illness is a dynamic charity working to improve the quality of life for children with life-limiting illnesses living in financially disadvantaged households throughout the UK.

Sandcastle Trust

Supporting families who have a child with a rare genetic condition

The Sandcastle Trust walks alongside families living with a rare genetic condition to help build lasting positive family memories, strengthen family relationships, improve emotional wellbeing and resilience.

They provide advice and support to families, can fund days out or holidays and can provide a leisure activity or memorable experience within the family home to improve quality of life.

Ski 4 Cancer

Days out and short breaks for families affected by cancer

Ski 4 Cancer is a UK charity that raises funds to provide days out and short breaks for families affected by cancer. This is what we call "respite".

Many of our respite trips and short breaks have an alpine focus. From family days out at UK snow domes to longer holidays in the mountains (summer and winter), we give families something to look forward to during the most difficult of times.


Events and breaks for seriously ill children

Starlight is a charity that creates moments of escape from the difficult reality which seriously ill children find themselves.

They hold Starlight Escapes, Days and Breaks throughout the year so children and their families can leave the stresses of hospitals and hospices far behind.

For Children who are in hospital they offer a number of different boxes which contain a variety of distractions such as toys, games, sensory toys, books. They can also provide games consoles and every winter their Panto team travels to hospitals around the country to entertain children and their families.

Victoria Convalescent Trust

Provide grants for breaks for those in need of convalescence or respite and also specialist equipment

The Victoria Convalescent Trust's main purpose is to make grants to fund or part-fund short breaks for those of any age, living in England and Wales who are in need of convalescence, recuperative care or respite care.

They also have a much smaller fund for the purpose of making grants for essential equipment such as white goods, essential household items, contributions towards mobility aids and other specialist equipment.

When You Wish Upon A Star

Wish granting charity for children with life-threatening or terminal illnesses

When You Wish Upon A Star is a charity that grants wishes (which can take the form of days out, holidays, games consoles / computers etc) to some very brave and courageous children who live with a life threatening or terminal illness who have not previously had a Wish granted by another charity.