Specialist Equipment Grants

Able Kidz

Grants for specialist equipment and communication equipment

"Able Kidz works to make a disabled child’s educational journey a fulfilling and positive experience. They do this by provision of specialist equipment, computers and software to the children or school and also assist in funding extra tuition needs of a child.

We aim to make a variety of learning aids accessible to children with disabilities all over the UK, both on an individual basis and for use in schools and playgroups etc."


Alex TLC

Leukodystrophy support charity, support grants

Alex TLC support services have a wealth of experience and knowledge to help you through all aspects of living with a leukodystrophy whether you are newly diagnosed or were diagnosed a while ago. They are here to support you, your family and friends, through practical and emotional support as well as accurate medically checked information relating to the many types of leukodystrophy.

They provide means tested grants to help access care, equipment or therapy not available through statutory services, including support during Bone Marrow Transplant or Gene Therapy.


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.


AT Society

Ataxia-telangiectasia support charity, grants

The A-T Society supports supports people living with the disabling and life-limiting condition ataxia-telangiectasia and funds research to find a cure. Their website has a wide range of support and resources available on it.

The A-T Society can offer financial help to people with A-T through their Support Grants System. Here are some examples of the things we can help with, however there may be other items or areas where we can help. Please note that the equipment or service has to be for the benefit of the person who has A-T.

IT Equipment


Bathroom Equipment

Specialist Furniture



Respite Care



Motability Car (deposit)

Transport Costs


Therapy equipment



Birkdale Trust

Provides grants for hearing impaired young people

Birkdale Trust For The Hearing Impaired makes grants to young people up to an age in their mid-twenties who are resident in the UK. This funding provides support in a variety of ways and to organisations linked to deaf young people.


Boparan Charitable Trust

Fund specialist equipment not available on the NHS and treatments such as speech and language / behavioural therapy

The Boparan Charitable Trust is a charity created with the sole aim of improving young peoples’ lives. They provide funding to children with disabilities, life-limiting illnesses and those who are in extreme poverty across the UK. Their grants can fund specialist equipment such as wheelchairs, trikes, sensory toys not available on the NHS, and treatments such as a Speech & Language Therapy and Behavioural Therapy.


British Wireless For The Blind Fund

Provides grants for the hearing impaired

Launched in 1928 they have been providing radios to visually impaired people for over 90 years. They are able to supply a loan of one their specialist radios for free to those who meet their criteria.

They also have a shop where their specialist radios are available to purchase. They've also developed their own specialist apps for smart devices.


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.


Buttle UK - Chances For Children

Support grants

"What we do is very simple: pay for things that we would want all children and young people to have but their parent or carers cannot otherwise afford."

They provide support designed to improve emotional, educational and social outcomes through our Chances for Children grants and, for some children whose home environment is disruptive and chaotic, grants which allow them to go to boarding school.

They can offer grants upto £2000 and items they can fund include:

- Items and activities to support learning and development such as laptops, books, 12 months of broadband, educational toys, tuition, etc.

- Clothing and school uniforms

- Social, sporting and leisure activities

- Family activities

- Items for children/young people’s bedrooms

- Other household items that are not available from sources such as Emergency Essentials or Local Authority welfare schemes, etc.


Carter Trust

Grants for disabled people in financial need

Founded in 1993, The Andrew and Catherine Carter Trust is a UK based charity which provides grants for special equipment or adaptation of housing or transport to meet the needs of disabled people who are in financial need.


Cash For Kids

Grants for young people living with a disability or illness

Cash For Kids grant rounds support children from birth up to and including 18 years of age who are vulnerable, come from disadvantaged backgrounds or are living with an illness or disability. The value of a grant is typically from £1,000 to £3,000 but they will happily consider applications for larger amounts.

Different areas have different eligibility criteria and grants are dependant on the donations they receive, so the application forms may not always be active for every area.


Caudwell Children's Charity

Grants and support for disabled and autistic children

Is a national charity based in Staffordshire “at our state of the art facilities which are dedicated to improving the lives of disabled and autistic children”. They offer Autism Assessments, Occupational Therapy, Equipment, Sensory Packs and various other forms of support. For families with a household income of under £45,000 they can fund up to 80% of the costs for the assistance they provide.


They also provide funding towards life-changing equipment for children with a wide range of disabilities or chronic conditions. They can provide upto 80% of the cost of therapy tricycles, sensory equipment, sports equipment, car sears, car harnesses, buggies and powered wheelchairs.


Cheyne Charity

Specialist equipment grants for young people with Cerebral Palsy

Cheyne Charity is dedicated to helping children and young people with Cerebral Palsy. They offer grants for specialist equipment.


Children's Heart Foundation

Support charity for children with heart defects

The Children’s Heart Federation helps children with heart defects and their families by:

Providing direct support

- Information and advice through our information sheets and information line 0300 561 0065

- Resources for children with heart conditions such as Molly’s Dollies a rag doll with surgical scars and Rosie goes red, Violet goes blue a story book to help small children and their siblings understand heart conditions

- Providing medical equipment for children with heart conditions such as INR machines

- The Heart2Heart newsletter containing information and news for the cardiac community

- Pulse Parents – a private Facebook forum where parents can discuss topics relating to children with heart conditions

- Coffee and questions – online events on a variety of subjects relevant to families with children with heart conditions, each event has a speaker and the opportunity to ask questions from the audience


Children Today

Specialist equipment for young people with disabilities

Founded in 1994, Children Today was created to help children and young people with disabilities up to the age of 25 across the UK by providing specialised equipment to help offer an improved quality of life.


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.


Daisy Garland

Charity supporting those with drug resistant epilepsy

The Daisy Garland is a charity working exclusively for children and families whose lives have been touched by drug-resistant epilepsy.

The help they offer is life-changing and wide ranging:

They fund ketogenic dietitians and dietetic support workers.

They give grants for life-saving monitors.

Daisy's Keto Café is an on-line round-the-clock parent support group

They offer vital one-to-one family support

and they award small, one-off grants for special needs equipment


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.



Disabled Facilities Grant

Grant to make adapations to your home to cater for disabilities

If you or your child are disabled and need to make changes to your home you can apply to your council for a disabled facilities grant of upto £30,000. These could be for things such as widening doors or installing ramps, stairlifts, downstairs bathrooms or adapting heating and lighting controls to make them easier to use etc.

If you receive a disabled facilities grant it won't affect any benefits you're on.


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



Grants for specialist equipment for for disabled young people

ELIFAR is a small charity which aims to help improve the care, facilities and equipment available to profoundly disabled children and young adults both at home or in residential care. They provide grants to fund the purchase of a wide range of highly specialised equipment, which would otherwise be unavailable because of a lack of funds or because there is no statutory provision, for children and young people up to the age of 28.


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).


Florence Nightingale Aid In Sickness Trust

Life enhancing grants for the ill, convalescent and disabled

The Florence Nightingale Aid in Sickness Trust provides life enhancing grants to help people of all ages in need who are ill, convalescent or disabled.

These grants are used to provide medical and household aids to alleviate sickness and make a huge difference to people’s ability to manage at home and live as independently as possible.

They do not fund holidays but will provide grants towards organised specialist breaks for children and young adults are considered to give the carer at home a well earned rest.


Glasspool Charity Trust

Small grants for everyday items

Is a UK wide charity that provides timely, small, one-off grants to individuals, couples and families for everyday items to help them cope when things get tough, equip them to manage better day-to-day and enable them to build a stronger future. Please note they only accept applications from support agencies on behalf of the people they support, not from individuals themselves.


Hospital Saturday Fund

Can provide help with the purchase of specialist equipment or treatment

The Hospital Saturday Fund is a registered charity whose aims are to provide assistance for registered health charities, hospices, medical organisations and individuals with a medical condition or disability.

For individuals they can provide help with the purchase of specialised equipment or forms of treatment.


Individual Technology Solutions For Visually Impaired People

Modern communication equipment for the visually impaired

Aim to combat loneliness, isolation and enable Blind and Visually Impaired people on low incomes to live full independent lives using modern communication equipment which they would otherwise not be able to afford.

They provide grants in the form of devices (specially adapted smartphones and tablets) and services (landlines and broadband) for communication equipment for Blind and Vision impaired people who meet their eligibility criteria.



Charity provides specialist equipment for children with disabilities and special needs

Founded in 1961, is a charity with one purpose, to provide equipment to help improve the quality of life for children with disabilities and special needs irrespective of race or creed. For the individual child they provide the full spectrum of specialised equipment such as electric wheelchairs, mobility aids and items including specialised computers and sensory toys. They also help Schools, children's hospices, respite care homes and support centres throughout the UK with a variety of items including playground equipment, soft play and multi-sensory rooms and special beds.


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.


MS Research & Relief Fund

Offers grants to those affected by MS (Multiple Sclerosis)

MS Research and Relief Fund offers grants to people affected by MS (Multiple Sclerosis) for aids, adaptations and services.


MS Society

Charity offering support for those with MS (Multiple Sclerosis)

The MS Society provides a wide range of support and advice for people with MS (Multiple Sclerosis). On their website you can search for locally based support and grants.

The MS Society used to provide grants, however these are currently suspended due a lack of income as a result of the COVIS-19 pandemic.


Newlife Charity

UK's largest charitable provider of specialist equipment to disabled children

Primarily offer non-means tested equipment grants or loans. They are the UK's largest charitable provider of specialist equipment to disabled children. They have a national helpline that provides information and support to families and professionals who are caring for terminally ill or disabled children. As well as offering access to larger equipment, they can also provide free 12 week loans of play therapy pods. Each pod contains a range of toys specifically tailored a certain age group and certain needs.


Nihal Armstrong Trust

Charity that can provide essential equipment or services for children with Cerebral Palsy

Is a small charity that provides essential pieces of equipment, communication aids or specific services that their local authority does not provide to children with cerebral palsy.


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.


Royal National Institute Of Blind People

Support for blind and partially sighted people

RNIB offer help and support for blind and partially sighted people – this can be anything from practical and emotional support, campaigning for change, reading services and the products they offer in their online shop.

They also offer grants to registered blind or partially sighted people for useful technology that can help them live independently.


Steve Morgan Foundation

Fund specialist equipment for those who need it and are in financial hardship

The Steve Morgan Foundation is a charity that provides support for people of all ages in financial hardship, who are in need of specialised equipment. They fund specialist equipment:

-Mobility aids, wheelchairs, buggies, hoists, trikes, etc.

-Specialised beds and sleep systems, postural chairs, seating and car seats

-Sensory equipment

-Communication aids, specialised software, specialised alarms

-Medical equipment, support wear


Strong Bones Children's Charitable Trust

Support, advice and grants for specialist equipment foryoung people affected by bone conditions

Helping families and disabled children with complex needs alongside scoliosis, spina bifida, brittle bone disease or any other bone condition. They provide advice and support. They can also provide grants for young people under the age of 21 for upto 70% of the cost for disability/sensory equipment, manual wheelchairs, supportive seating, acheeva learning stations, portable hoists, educational resource packs, skoog musical interface and communication aid, adapted trikes and hand cycles and smart home technology


Talisman Charitable Trust

Grants for deserving individuals who are struggling financially

Assist individuals in the UK of small means who the trustees consider to be deserving and may be described as “going short”. From time to time, we also assist other charities with similar objectives to our own.

In general, the relief of poverty includes grants for education, health, housing, disablement or disability.

Please note they do not accept applications for grants directly from individuals, they must be made through an organisation such as a Citizens Advice Bureau or another charity that is aware of their circumstances.


Tourettes Action

Support and advice for those affected by Tourettes Syndrome, are also able to offer some grants

Tourette Syndrome is an inherited, neurological condition, the key features of which are tics, involuntary and uncontrollable sounds and movements. Tourettes Action offers news, information, advice and support.

They are able to award grants of up to £500 for equipment that supports people with TS in their day-to-day life. Some examples of what we have funded in the past include:

Instruments for people whose tics reduce when playing music,

Beds for people whose tics are so violent that normal beds break.

(Please note that we do not provide grants for activities, holidays or to fund treatments).




Help those in financial need access benefits and grants

Turn2us is a national charity providing practical help to people who are struggling financially.

They help people in financial need gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help – online, by phone and face to face through their partner organisations.


On their website they have a Grants search section that allows you to search for grants that may be available to you from both local and national organisations:


Variety Children's Charity

Offer equipment grants, days out and run specialist hospitals

Variety provide practical help that makes an immediate difference to disabled and disadvantaged children and young people under the age of 19, allowing them to live their best lives. They offer equipment grants (including hoists, beds, car seats, sensory and play equipment, assistive and medical technologies) and wheelchairs for children. They also offer Sunshine Coaches to support transport needs of SEND Schools and other non-profit organisations and through Variety Great Days Out they provide day trips for children and young people. In addition to all of this they also run several specialist hospitals.



Support young blind and partially sighted people, organise events and provide grants

VICTA is a charity that supports children and young people who are blind or partially sighted. They organise activities designed to instil confidence, promote independence and build social networks to share information and reduce isolation.

They also operate a grant scheme to help with the purchase of equipment to aid people's visual impairment (although at the time of writing the grant scheme is currently suspended).


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.