Grants and equipment


There are a variety of benefits available for a family with a deaf child, or for young deaf people.

The National Deaf Children’s Society has a range of grants to help deaf children and young people get involved with activities, learning and skill development which might be difficult to access.



Why do we offer grants? 

We work to remove barriers for deaf children and young people in accessing activities and in their personal, educational, social and skills development.

We believe that deaf children and young people should receive the same access as their hearing peers but understand that sometimes there are financial barriers. 

We offer two grants to help support the removal of these financial barriers: The Development Grant and the Inclusion Grant. 

We also offer the Innovation Grant which is for local groups and youth organisations who want to develop better opportunities for deaf young people.


Innovation Grant

Our Innovation Grant supports youth organisations to get deaf young people involved in their local communities. 

We have grants of up to £1500 for projects that support social action or volunteering and include deaf young people.

Your idea should bring young deaf people and their community together and help build skills and opportunities for the future.

For more information email us at 

Innovation Grant now open - closing date 14th May 2018.


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Click here to download the Innovation Grant Flyer


Inclusion Grant

The Inclusion Grant is some money that you can apply for to pay for or pay towards something you need to access an event or activities that you do not have the money to buy yourself. This can be a NDCS event or an external non-NDCS activity.
For example, you may need some help to pay for travel to attend football lessons. Or you need some help to buy a sleeping bag so you can attend Scout Camp. 

Who can apply? 

  • Anyone aged 8–18 can apply.
  • If you’re under 14, your parent/carer must apply on your behalf.
  • If you’re 14 years and over you can apply but your parent/carer will need to support your application. 

You can apply for money if you want to access our youth and family events, go to activities in your area or buy equipment to be able to attend.

Please allow at least 1 month for us to receive and process your application before you need the money. Inclusion grants are assessed on the last week of every month apart from December. Applications received in December will be assessed at the end of January. 

Apply for our Inclusion Grant below

Inclusion grant application form 

If you have any questions about the Inclusion Grant please email: 


Development Grant

The Development Grant is some money that deaf young people can apply for to pay for or pay towards the development of your skills or to access activities. 


For example, you may want to attend some cookery classes to aid your development in cookery as you would like to be a Chef when you are older. Or you may want to become a climbing coach but need some money to buy the climbing shoes so you can attend the coaching course. 


If you are between 11 and 25 years old you can apply for the Development Grant.

You can apply for money towards a qualification, for travel or to buy the equipment you might need to support your learning or development. Up to £300 is available for successful applicants.

The deadline for Winter 2017 applications has now passed. Please keep an eye out for our next round taking place in March 2018


Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a limit to how much I can apply for?

The most that we can give someone who has applied for the Development Grant or Inclusion Grant is £300.

Depending on the application, sometimes we will offer less than this. 


What do you look for in an application?  

 It helps us if you give us as much information as possible, such as why you want to do the course or activity. What it is you would like us to support and how much it will cost. It also helps us to know when the activity is, and what the dates are you would like to start. 

We are looking for complete and informative application forms. 


Can I apply again if I've applied before?

A young person can apply for a grant they have had before providing it is not in the same financial year. For example, if you have applied since it was April, you will have to wait until after the next April before you apply again. 


Can I use the Development Grant to pay towards an apprenticeship? 

No, the Development Grant does not pay for or towards any apprenticeship or department of education related courses or educational activities. 

The Skills Funding Agency may be able to support towards support related to apprenticeships.