There are a number of grant-giving organisations nationwide - listed below are ones that parent/carers find most useful. Although we make every effort to ensure these links are accurate, up to date and relevant, Oakleigh School cannot take responsibility for pages maintained by external providers.

If you have any suggestions for web sites that you have found useful please let us know.

The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund donates grants of up to £5,000 to schools working with young people with learning disabilities. Grants can be used for capital building, renovation and refurbishment and play schemes. Applications are accepted throughout the year

Visit The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund

Founded in 1994, Children Today was created to help children and young people with disabilities up to the age of 25 years old across the UK by providing grants for specialised equipment. Often children and young people with disabilities remain excluded from a lifestyle which other people may take for granted.

Visit Children Today

The Dream Factory is a charity established 10 years ago to grant dreams for children and young adults between the age of 3 to 25 years who suffer from a life threatening or life limiting condition or who have severe disabilities.

They grant dreams within approximately 50 miles of the Chigwell and Hainault area of Essex provided a dream has not previously been granted by any other charity.

Visit The Dream Factory

The Elifar Foundation is a small charity which helps to improve the lives of children and young adults with severe learning difficulty and associated physical disability.

They provide grants for a variety of items including electronic wheelchairs, specialised seating, eating aids, special beds and trikes, hoists, communication devices, sensory equipment and specialist holidays

Visit Elifar Foundation

The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life throughout the UK. They award grants towards the promotion of cultural life, education, the natural environment and enabling people who are disadvantaged to participate more fully in society. 

Visit Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

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.

Visit Family Fund

With Healthy Start, you get free vouchers every week to spend on milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, and infant formula milk. You can also get free vitamins.

Pregnant or have children under the age of four? You could qualify if you're on benefits, or if you're pregnant and under 18.

Visit Healthy Start

Kids in Need is now in it's 35th year and still working hard to raise money and grant as many wishes as possible.

They are a registered charity which, through donations and fund raising, grants 'wishes' to young people aged 3 to 19 who are terminally / seriously ill or who suffer from multiple disabilities.

Visit Kids in Need

my AFK (formerly Action For Kids) is a national charity supporting disabled children, young people and their families. They help prepare young people with learning disabilities for life after school through our accredited education, training and work experience programmes.

They also provide mobility equipment not available on the NHS to disabled children and young people up to age 25 across the UK.

Visit my AFK

Newlife is the UK's largest charity funder of children's specialist disability equipment. They also run the UK's only national emergency equipment service, for terminally ill children. Newlife Nurses support thousands of families, they campaign for policy change and they fund targeted medical research, to improve child health.

Visit Newlife

React – Rapid Effective Assistance for Children with potentially Terminal illness is a dynamic charity working to improve the quality of life for children with life-limiting illnesses living in financially disadvantaged households throughout the UK.

Visit React

Rays of Sunshine is an award-winning national children's charity brightens up the lives of seriously ill children in the UK aged three to 18 years old by granting wishes, granting hospital ward wishes and organising outings and large scale events for seriously ill children.

Visit Rays of Sunshine

Roald Dahl's Marvellous Family Grants are for families facing financial hardship while caring for a child with a serious illness. They provide support to help families cope, from funding specialist equipment and creative therapies to hospital travel expenses.

Visit Roald Dahl's Marvellous Family Grants

The Sequal Trust, a small national fundraising Charity, founded in 1969, which is committed to bridging the communication gap for disabled people of all ages throughout the UK. It is our aim to help each of our disabled members to reach their full potential through the provision of suitable communication equipment.

Visit The Sequal Trust

The Watersure scheme may entitle you to financial assistance with your metered bill if anyone in your household receives a specific state benefit, has a large family of three or more children, or a medical condition that requires the use of extra water.

See your local Water Company’s website: Thames Water / Affinity Water

Visit Watersure (Ofwat)