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Charity funding

Charity funding

Man with assistance dog. He is in a powerchair.If you're not eligible for an NHS powerchair, you can apply for funding from charities which:

  • help disabled people with extra financial needs
  • people with specific disabilities or conditions (eg Scope, SIA or Multiple Sclerosis Society).
  • specific groups of people eg children, ex-service personnel.

Each organisation has its own rules about:

  • what they fund
  • the size of individual grants
  • eligibility - including means testing
  • assessment and supply.
Some charities let you tell them what you need and get it yourself while others require you to go to a specific supplier for an assessment.

Some charities will:

  • pay for a powered wheelchair in full
  • supply one directly
  • only give partial funding.

Many charities will

  • only provide help once you’ve tried all the options for statutory provision.
  • usually want a professional - eg a social worker or occupational therapist - to vouch for you.
  • will only accept applications made by a professional on your behalf, while others will accept a letter of support as part of your own application.

Local charities

To find local grant-giving charities, your local mobility centre, occupational therapists or local library may help or you can contact your local Lions Club or Round Table.

National charities

Click here to see a list of some national charities that may fund a powerchair.

Charity Search provide a free service to help you find grants if you are aged 50 or over:

Disability Grants have a list of grant-giving charities:

Disability Grants
Email: 

For children

Find out more in the children and powered wheelchair section.

 

Last updated: April 2015


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