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What are grants?

Grant-giving organisations help people in need by either providing funding or goods and services such as equipment or holidays.

Every grant-giving organisation will have its own criteria for who it will support. Some organisations focus on a specific disability, geographical area or occupation, and others will help a broad range of people such as those with a disabled child or people on low incomes.

Most organisations will only help when local health and social services aren’t able to.

You’ll need to check if you can apply for help yourself or whether a social worker or other professional has to apply on your behalf. In some circumstances, we may be able to provide a letter to support your application if you want a grant for the benefit of your deaf child.

How do I find a grant?

Your local council, carers support service, or local deaf children’s society might have information about grants available in your area.

Turn2us is a free service that helps people find grants. It has a database of over 3,000 funds offering welfare and educational grants.

You can search through this database on their website or via their helpline (0808 802 2000), giving details of your background and location to find the best match between your needs and the available funds.

Disability Grants is a website with details of grant-giving organisations that help people with disabilities. You can search by location, disability and area of need.

Useful publications from the Directory of Social Change include:

  • The Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need
  • The Guide to Educational Grants
  • The Directory of Grant Making Trusts.

These guides should be available in your local library. 

Examples of grant-giving organisations

Birkdale Trust for Hearing Impaired

Family Fund


Ovingdean Hall Foundation.