Details of grant-making trusts that can be applied to for financial help and equipment
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Anglian Water Assistance Fund support customers in financial hardship. The fund is administered by Charis Grants Ltd on behalf of Anglian Water.
The Boparan Charitable Trust helps 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 Campbell Burns Metabolic Trust assists in the relief of financial hardship for families of children with metabolic disorders through the provision of assistance grants and items of need.
The Child Funeral Charity (CFC) assists families financially in England and Wales who have to arrange a funeral for a baby or child aged 16 or under. They take referrals and applications for financial support from professionals who have knowledge of the bereaved family and their circumstances.
Disability Grants - set up by the parent of a child with a disability, the website 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.
The Family Fund Trust helps families with severely disabled or seriously ill children and young people aged 17 and under.. 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 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.
Hana’s Gift supports bereaved families in Norfolk and Suffolk who have lost babies through late miscarriage, stillbirth & neonatal loss, and also children up to the age of 5 years old. They assist with the costs of memorials (headstones and plaques) and the provision of memory boxes to families in Norfolk & Suffolk.
The Joseph Patrick Trust is the welfare fund within Muscular Dystrophy UK provides grants towards the costs of specialist equipment such as powered wheelchairs, adapted computers and electric beds, for children and adults with muscular dystrophy or a related neuromuscular condition.
Josie’s Dragonfly Trust provides cash gifts to young people (between 13 and 20) with cancer, enabling them to do something special in the time they have left. If time is shorter than anticipated, the charity also offers a new memoriam grant to enable the families to celebrate their child’s life, mark their achievements, or create something special in their memory.
Michael Crawford Children's Charity makes grants to both individuals and charities to benefit children and young people. Telephone 0207 433 2400 or write to The Michael Crawford Children's Charity, Regina House, 124 Finchley Road, London, NW3 5JS.
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. They have funding available for equipment and other expenses, you can download an application form from their website.
Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity provides grants up to £500 for families facing financial hardship while caring for a child with a life-limiting condition. The charities remit excludes malignant cancers.
Sunny Day Children’s Fund supporting children with a range of 'life-hindering' conditions. Can award small grants to families for items such as white goods, medical equipment, sensory equipment etc. Holidays at one of two holiday homes based on Haven site at Clacton-on-Sea.
Turn2Us, the national charity providing financial advice provides a grant search engine.
Variety - The Children's Charity provides grants to individuals and organisations for medical equipment, such as monitoring equipment, care equipment such as feeding equipment or hoists, and sensory play or mobility equipment. Grants can be anywhere between £100 and £6,000.
The Vicar's Relief Fund is a UK wide charity providing small crisis grants to support people experiencing homelessness or vulnerable housing.
East Anglian Grant Making Organisation
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
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 07775 808159 or write to the GEM Foundation, PO Box 1125, Stalham, Norwich, NR12 9WX.
Norwich Consolidated Charities provides help with basic household goods including beds and bedding, kitchen and furniture. It can also help with exceptional items or payments.
Cambridgeshire Based Trusts
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
Girton Town Charity - for those living in Girton, near Cambridge, the charity provides personal grants to families affected by illness or disability. Grants can be made to adapt homes for health reasons, improve mobility and broaden opportunities for children and individuals.
The Huntingdon Freemen's Trust provides grants for the benefit of children, families, the disabled and people who are on a low income or struggling due to a variety of circumstances. Applicants may be working or in receipt of benefits. They will consider grants for a variety of purposes including help with medical and mobility equipment and adaptations.
Suffolk Based Trusts
AJ'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 AJ's Legacy website,
Ipswich Holiday Help for Children provides small grants of up to £200 to enable children and
families in Ipswich and South Suffolk to take a break.