The Family Fund

Please note that the following information has been extracted from the Family Fund website

Our mission

Family Fund is the UK’s largest charity providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people. Last year, we provided 88,119 grants or services worth over £33 million to families across the UK.

We believe that all families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people should have the same opportunities as others. Beginning with the most vulnerable, those on low incomes, and considering all conditions against our disability criteria, we aim to make a difference to outcomes for disabled or seriously ill children and young people and the lives of the families raising them across the UK.

We provide grants for a wide range of items, such as washing machines, sensory toys, family breaks, bedding, tablets, furniture, outdoor play equipment, clothing and computers. It can be a struggle financially, emotionally and physically for families raising a disabled or seriously ill child, and these grants help break down many of the barriers families face, improving their quality of life and easing the additional daily pressures.

Family Fund was established in 1973 by the UK Government. On 29 November 1972, Sir Keith Joseph, Secretary of State for Health and Social Services, told the House of Commons that the government intended to provide £3 million, with the possibility of a further similar sum later, to help families caring for a disabled child. This unexpected announcement was the result of a public campaign on behalf of children affected by Thalidomide.

The first grant of £26 for hospital visiting costs was issued on 1 April 1973. For over 20 years the Family Fund operated as part of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation but in 1996 became an independent charitable trust.

Today, we are funded by the four UK governments, private donations and income we generate through the work of our trading arm, Family Fund Business Services. Over the 40+ years of our existence, we have helped with over a million grants for families.

We believe that our families face ever-present and substantial pressures in their lives. We believe that by providing grants we help relieve some of that pressure and provide vital time and space in families’ lives. We believe that this time and space helps strengthen the family unit to support parents in raising their children. We believe all children deserve the best possible opportunities and that, by providing these grants, we help extend the boundaries of what is possible.

Find out more about our impact.

Read some of our families’ stories.


Who to contact

01904 550055

Where to go

Family Fund, Alpha Court, Unit 4
Monks Cross Drive
North Yorkshire
YO32 9WN

Other details


Age ranges
Grants must relate to the disabled child’s needs and can be offered for children and young people aged 17 years and under.
Referral required
Referral details

Contact us direct for initial discussion. Our service is offered to the family and the child but should relate to the needs of the disabled child or young person

Applications for a Family Fund grant can be made by the parent/carer of the disabled child or young person. Young people aged 16 and 17 can make an application in their own right.

Applications should be made per family

Click here to download an application form and terms and conditions

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