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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 and the Make a Change Fund. 

If you are planning to apply for an Inclusion Grant, please read this page carefully. It contains everything you need to know but if you have any questions please email [email protected]

Watch our BSL introduction to our Inclusion Grant

What are Inclusion Grants?

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?

They're for deaf children and young people aged 5-18 years living in the UK. By ‘deaf’ we mean any kind of hearing loss from mild to profound. Applicants should be members of the National Deaf Children's Society. 

What do they cover?

Typically they go towards the cost of events, activities and courses (maximum £150). Examples include after-school clubs, BSL courses and swimming lessons. They can also be put towards things a young person needs to take part, such as football kit. On some occasions we may be able to reimburse travel costs.

What don't they cover?

We’re very sorry but they don't fund electronic equipment such as laptops, tablets or phones, or hearing tech such as radio aids. Learn more about alternative sources of funding on 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 completed applications will be considered.

Apply for an Inclusion Grant

How do we decide?

We welcome applications that show a clear social or emotional benefit to the child or young person. We may prioritise applicants with lower incomes and more complex needs. 

When will I hear?

We will do our best to meet your deadlines but please give us plenty of time. We aim to acknowledge your application within three weeks and make a decision within six weeks.

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]

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

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.

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.