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 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.
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:
Find out more in the children and powered wheelchair section.
Last updated: April 2015