Tips for Applying for Disability Grants & Funding
Making ends meet is not always easy, and ensuring you can cover daily costs is something that is, unsurprisingly, causing more people more anxiety as the cost of living rises. Disability grants can be invaluable when it comes to finding additional funding for the things you need.
Whether you need money for specialist equipment or to fund a holiday full of disability adventure activities, there are several brilliant grants you can access. But how can you best ensure your grant application is successful?
What Can You Get Disability Grants For?
A grant is a sum of money that you do not have to repay. There are a number of charitable organisations dedicated to supporting people with disabilities that award grants, usually providing money to be spent on something particular. This might include:
- Housing and adapting the home
- Mobility support
- Specialist equipment
- Holidays and short breaks
Costs for the daily essentials can mount significantly, so seeking a grant may help relieve some of your financial pressure.
Finding the right grant for your needs is important; organisations want to send money to the right people at the right time.
What Benefits Are You Eligible For?
Your search for the right grant will likely begin with checking which government-provided benefits you are eligible for and whether you are claiming all you can.
Check with your local authorities about the support you may be entitled to. This does not just include support for those with disabilities; you may be able to claim other benefits if you are also on a low income, are unable to work or are caring for someone.
You will likely not be granted funding from a charitable organisation for something the government supplies, so make sure you are well versed in all the possible financial help for people with disabilities provided by them first.
Finding the Right Disability Grant
If you have applied for state-funded benefits but still require additional support, there are some great charities to turn to.
The easiest way to find the right funder is through grant search tools that organise grants by category or disability, helping to narrow down the places you will need to consider applying to. You can also go straight to charities that cater specifically to particular conditions and disabilities.
Turn2us provides an invaluable resource with their grants search function that’ll show you the most relevant grants for your situation. Their A to Z of benefits is another useful tool that highlights the best places to get support.
Disability Grants offers another fantastic database of resources, allowing you to find grants by category and more particular niches.
Once you have found your list of potential grant providers, you will need to fill in the necessary applications.
How to Fill in an Application
Making a grant application can seem like a daunting prospect, especially if you are applying to several places.
Each funder will probably have their own application process, so make sure you read through all the terms of each in case there are any unique quirks. In most, if not all, cases, applications will be made through the chosen funders’ website, usually via some kind of online form, although some may ask for a letter explaining your case.
Meeting the Eligibility Criteria
Familiarise yourself with the charity’s eligibility criteria – if you do not meet it, they will likely not make exceptions, so don’t make any applications unless you’re confident you’re in line with all the requirements.
Some charities may also only allow you to make one application a year or within a certain time frame, so ensure you are aware of any stipulations like this before going in.
If you are unsure whether you qualify or not, try getting in touch with the charity’s support team. They may be able to provide additional guidance on making your application and finding the funding you need.
They may also be able to tell you about the funding priorities and when to apply again if you are unsuccessful.
What Information Will You Need?
To make sure it’s clear you meet the eligibility criteria, try to include as much information as possible when filling in your application.
This will include:
- Who the funding is for – yourself, a family member or someone else.
- Why you need funding – your situation or condition.
- What the funding will be used for – how will it have a positive impact?
- Supporting evidence – recommendations from professionals or confirmation you cannot get statutory funding.
- Financial evidence – any relevant evidence about income or previous grants.
Third Party Applications
Some providers will ask for applications to be made through support professionals and third parties like social workers or therapists, so make sure to follow up with them if that is the case.
Professionals like this may also be able to help you access other funding streams you hadn’t been aware of before.
Show You’ve Done Your Research
When setting out what you need and why, include as many details as possible. Show exactly how the money will be spent and how much you ideally need to prove you’ve done the research.
Include any quotes or cost projections to give plenty of clarity on your requirements.
The amount of funding organisations can award is often very limited, so don’t be discouraged if your application is not successful straight away; it may just be a case of timing.
If you are seeking funding for an accessible holiday with us, we may be able to offer bursary money to help cover some of the costs. Plenty of other organisations also provide holiday grants for people with disabilities that will make a break away possible.
To find out more about a holiday at Calvert Exmoor and potential bursary options, please get in touch with our team.