Grant Making Organisations

Details of grant-making trusts that can be applied to for financial help and equipment
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The Family Fund Trust helps families with severely disabled or seriously ill children and young people aged 17 and under to have choices and the opportunity to enjoy ordinary life. They give grants for things that make life easier and more enjoyable for the disabled child, young person and their family, such as washing machines, driving lessons, computers and holidays.

The Fund is a registered charity, helping around 55,000 families on the lowest of incomes across the UK. Last year they provided grants to families totalling over £33 million pounds.

Disability Grants - set up by the parent of a child with a disability, the web site lists the many UK charities or trusts who provide grants. Grants can be searched for by age, ie children and young people or by requirement, ie. equipment, housing, holidays.

Micheal Crawford Children's Charity. The charity objectives are to assist children and young people in the alleviation of poverty and the relief of sickness. Since it was established in 1994, it has helped a number of individuals with the provision of medical equipment and funded medical treatment.
It has also made grants to other children's charities. Telephone 0207 433 2400 or write to The Michael Crawford Children's Charity, Regina House, 124 Finchley Road, London, NW3 5JS.

The Boparan Charitable Trust is a newly formed charity with the objective of helping as many children and young people under the age of 18, who are disadvantaged through poverty, disability and terminal illness. To apply for assistance the Trust requires the parent or legal guardian of the child to complete and sign an application form. 

The Buttercup Children's Trust raises funds to support children under the age of 18 and their families, within the UK, who suffer from a wide range of life-limiting illnesses Their aim is to help as many children as possible for such things as hospital travel, respite, medical equipment, holidays, travel expenses and if, where achievable, a child's last wishes. 

The Florence Nightingale Aid in Sickness Trust provides grants to help people in need who are ill, convalescent or disabled. These are used to provide medical and household aids to enable people to manage at home and live as independently as possible.

East Anglian Grant Making Organisation

Mark Benevolent Fund 
This is a masonic charity fund that will consider gifts up to £50/£100 for families/children in need across East Anglia such as travel costs or small essential items. For more details contact Paul Norman - tel: 01728 724372 or you can email here.

Norfolk Based Trusts
King’s Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Charity - this charity helps families who live in the area/borough only. For more details contact Veronica Stiles – tel: 01485 533352 or write to The Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Charity, 54 Park Road, Hunstanton, Norfolk, PE36 5DL.

Gem Foundation - the aim of the GEM Foundation is to relieve the needs of young people with disabilities through the provision of grants to assist with their daily care and/or to enhance their lives throughout Norfolk. For more information contact Carole Macleod on 01692 580263, email or write to the GEM Foundation, PO Box 1125, Stalham, Norwich, NR12 9WX

Hana’s Gift is a small foundation supporting bereaved families of babies lost through late miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal loss in Norfolk. Its aim is to provide financial assistance to parents with the cost of memorials for their baby, when otherwise they would be unable to afford one, and also provide memory boxes.

It will be working with Gordon Barber Funeral Directors and St. Faiths Crematorium in the hope of reaching as many parents who need help as possible. For more details e-mail or write to Hana’s Gift, Unit 9, Vulcan House, Vulcan Road North, Norwich, NR6 6AQ.

Cambridgeshire Based Trusts

The Ebyon Trust provides financial and social support to assist children and young people with physical or learning disabilities. For more details contact Bob & Carol Thorndike – tel: 01480 468998 or write to them at 10 Tennyson Avenue St. Ives PE27 6TU

The Barwell Trust makes small grants to individuals in particular need of short term assistance. For more details contact Mr Hugh Barnwell, 87 Blinco Grove, Cambridge, CB1 7TX. Tel: 01223 247489

Suffolk Based Trusts
A J's Legacy is a charity that aims to relieve the financial hardship and sickness, either individually or generally, of young people living in Stowmarket and surrounding villages by providing grants, items and services to individuals and/or other charities. Click here to access the A J's Legacy web site
Library Resources
Book:  The Guide to Grants for Individuals in Needs 2011/12
Available for loan from the library, this resources lists over 2,000 trusts with £264 million available in grants. Contact the library here for more details.
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