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Grant Information

ACT provides funding of up to £2,500 towards the cost of equipment to support individuals to continue living in their own homes.  If you scroll down you can see examples of what we do and do not fund. 

Our aim is to help as many people as possible and to help us achieve this we have selected and provide funding to a number of "partner charities" who we value greatly. 

Our partners have been chosen as they have expertise and resources in areas that we do not.  An example of one such charity is Whizz-Kidz with whom we have had a successful match funding partnership for over 10 years.  They are signposted all the applications we receive for mobility aids for children up to the age of 18 years and their team of professionals are able to assess current and future need.  

Whizz-Kidz  We are more than happy to forward your application to Whizz-Kidz to process but if you wish to contact them directly please see the link below for further information.
http://www.whizz-kidz.org.uk/get-our-help/equipment

Other Partners are:-

Family Fund - award grants for equipment, furniture and white goods to families across the UK who are raising a disabled or seriously ill young person up to 25 years of age
https://www.familyfund.org.uk/

Friends of the Elderly - one off grants to elderly people living on a low income for essential items such as flooring, household appliances, household repairs, adaptations, etc.
http://www.fote.org.uk/

Independence at Home - grants to people of all ages throughout the UK who have a physical or learning disability or a long term illness who are in financial need and require home repairs, heating grants, general furnishings or adaptations, etc
http://www.independenceathome.org.uk/

 

Examples of grants we consider:-

  • Mobility aids (for young people under 18 please apply to Whizz Kidz as detailed above)
  • Specialised seating and car seats
  • Specialised beds and sleep systems
  • Sensory toys and equipment
  • Respite breaks for applicants or their carers at a registered centre such as our charity partner The Calvert Trust
  • Vehicle adaptations

 

Examples of grants we do not consider (you may be able to apply to one of our charity partners listed above):-

  • Equipment or work for which there is statutory funding available
  • Technology such as laptops, tablet computers or phones
  • Communication aids, specialised software
  • Building works (including DFG shortfalls)
  • Garden works
  • Ordinary domestic items (e.g. flooring, white goods, furniture, clothing)
  • Holidays
  • Retrospective funding (e.g. where goods have already been purchased or ordered and a deposit paid)
  • Deposits for vehicles

 

Application Guidelines

  • Applicants are required to be permanently resident in the UK.
  • We will only accept postal applications and are unable to accept applications sent by e-mail. 
  • We welcome applications from all sections of the community and we will do our best to ensure that they are dealt with fairly and to ensure that no one is denied access to information or funding on grounds of race, colour, ethnicity or national origin, religious affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability.  
  • The level of funds we have available for grant giving is highly dependent on the performance of our investment portfolio.  We do not fundraise publicly. You should be aware that we receive many more applications than we can fund and priority will always be given to those on the lowest incomes who we consider have the greatest need. 

 

When to apply

You may apply for a grant at any time. Our Trustees meet four times a year but procedures exist to give approvals between meeting dates if necessary.

We do not publish dates of our Trustees meetings.

 

What happens to your application

We will send you an acknowledgement letter within 10 working days following receipt of your application at our office.  If your application is in an unacceptable form, is ineligible or of a low priority we will advise you of this in this letter.

We will assess all acceptable applications and may contact you for further information and/or to make a personal visit.

We will endeavour to complete the process and advise you of the outcome of your application within 3 months.

Individuals are required to use the application form contained on this site or alternatively contact the grants team for a hard copy - see "Contact Us" for details. 

We will hold and process your personal data in accordance with the relevant legislation - please refer to our Privacy Policy for full details.

 

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