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Apply for a grant

Photo: Find out about the different grants you may be entitled to

We offer a range of grants to help deaf children and young people get involved with activities or learning to support confidence, independence and development.

Please click below to read more about the Inclusion Grant, the Development Grant, and the Young People's Community Project Fund. 

Inclusion Grant

Watch our BSL introduction to our Inclusion Grant

Our inclusion grants are designed to help deaf children and young people get involved in events and activities, groups and clubs. The maximum grant is £150.

Who are they for?

Inclusion grants are for deaf children and young people between the ages of 5 and 18. By ‘deaf’ we mean any kind of hearing loss, including temporary. We welcome applications from low-income families who need financial support.

What are they for?

To allow deaf children and young people to join in with events and activities they wouldn’t be able to access without financial help. We prioritise applications where there is a long-term benefit to the child.

What do they cover?

They cover a range of things including equipment, class fees and after-school clubs up to a maximum of £150. We also help children and young people who are attending NDCS events with their travel costs (see our calendar of events).

We’re very sorry but we cannot pay for electronic equipment such as radio aids, laptops or phones. Learn more about alternative sources of funding in the grants section of our financial support page.

How to apply?

Follow the link below to complete an application form. Please give us plenty of information, as it helps us understand why you need the grant. Only complete applications will be considered.

Apply for our inclusion grant

When will I hear?

Please allow plenty of time. We review applications at the end of each month and will be in touch with you soon afterwards. While we will be as quick as we can, it can take 8 weeks before we process a payment.

Have a question?

If you’d like to discuss an application or have any other questions don’t hesitate to get in touch. You an email us on [email protected].

Alternatively have a look at our development grants section below, which can support a deaf young person who wants to take their learning or activity to the next level.

Development Grant - APPLICATIONS CLOSED

Watch our BSL introduction to the Development Grant 

Our development grants are for deaf young people who want to learn, gain experience and develop new skills to support their future. The maximum grant is £300.

Who are they for?

Development grants are for deaf young people between the ages of 11 and 25, who want to take their learning or activity to the next level. By deaf we mean any kind of hearing loss, including temporary.

What are they for?

To allow deaf young people to apply for money towards a qualification, or to buy the equipment they might need to support their learning or development. Applications that demonstrate a commitment to personal development are more likely to be successful.

What do they cover?

They cover a range of things up to a maximum of £300, including British Sign Language courses and swimming classes, and equipment such as climbing shoes or hockey leg guards.

We’re very sorry, but we cannot pay for electronic equipment such as radio aids, laptops or cameras. Learn about alternative sources of funding in the grants section of our financial support page.

How to apply?

APPLICATIONS CLOSED 

When will I hear?

Please allow plenty of time. We review applications at the end of each month and will be in touch with you soon afterwards. While we will be as quick as we can, it can take 8 weeks before we process a payment.

Have a question?

If you’d like to discuss an application, or have any other question, don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can email us on [email protected].

Alternatively have a look at our inclusion grants section above, which helps deaf children and young people to join in with events and activities that they wouldn’t be able to access without financial help.

Make a Change Fund

The Make a Change Fund helps deaf young people make their local area better for other deaf young people by creating exciting new projects.

Young people can apply to the Fund for up to £500 to help with their project. We know they can do amazing things in their community and we are here to help them achieve it.

Find out more

FAQ

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

The most that we can give someone who has applied is:

Inclusion Grant is £150.

Development Grant is £300.

Make a Change Fund is £500.

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