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Grants & Funding

This information is in the following categories:

  • Grants & COVID-19
  • Grants in Manchester
  • Organisations with grants listings



Emergency Cash Grant

You can apply to the Council for a cash grant of between £30 and £60 if you are in crisis or have an emergency that's out of your control. See this page for how to apply.


Emergency Fund For Unpaid Carers

In May 20, a fund of £200,000 was made available to carers in Manchester who need additional support as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It can be used for a range of purposes including transport costs (including taxis) or fuel, furniture, emergency delivery of food and one-off practical costs to help with the caring role at this time.


Family Fund - Grants For Families

Families with children that have complex needs and disabilities can apply for grants for vital equipment - such as computers, specialist equipment and educational toys - to make their lives easier while maintaining social distancing measures. It can also help with the cost of goods or services, like washing machines and refrigerators. The grants are typically worth £400 to £500 per family but vary depending on need. See the Family Fund website for how to apply.


Free Income Checks

Are you worrying about money and making ends meet? Are you accessing all of the financial support available? There is lots of support available to get you and your family through this crisis and to help in the longer term. Greater Manchester Law Centre offer a free confidential income check that will review benefits, grants and other support that may be available. Call 0161 769 2244 or email For further information see their website.


Test & Trace Support Payment (March 21)

Parents and carers who need to take time off work to care for a child or young person who is self-isolating, can apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment or discretionary payment of £500. Find out more here.


WellChild – Vital Services & Supplies

WellChild, the charity for children with exceptional health needs, has a COVID-19 Direct Response Service to assist where families are suffering financial hardship in accessing vital supplies. Families can self-refer or be referred, using the form on the website.


For more information around financial and benefit support during the crisis, see the Local Offer Coronavirus Advice & Information





Disability Grants

Disability Grants have information on grant schemes in Manchester and the North West.


Free Computer In Every Home Programme

The Free Computer for Every Home project, run by Manchester-based company MyOutsourcedIT, aims to provide a free computer in every home that needs it. They also offer IT support and classes to get the most out of the equipment, plus free computer repair if you are on a low income or benefits


Grants for School Uniform & Other Educational Resources

Applications can be made to the Mynshull’s Education Foundation for grants for school uniform and other resources that might support SEND children and young people. They have to be 25 and younger and live in the City of Manchester and adjoining areas. Applications need to be made by a professional (eg. Tutor, social worker, SEND worker). There isn’t a set deadline when they need to be made; they are reviewed, processed and taken to trustees as they come in. The fund is administered by Gaddum – call 0161 834 6069 or email to request an application form or make a query.


Support From Your Council

Manchester City Council funds lots of things – big and small – to keep people living independently at home. This includes:

Equipment to make life easier day to day – eg. for cooking and bathing

Minor adaptations - like grab rails and small ramps

Major adaptations – such as wider doorways, wet rooms and ramps

Funding for major adaptions comes through the Disabled Facilities Grant. Disability Grants has information on this here. There is also this factsheet from





Disability Grants

Set up by a parent of a disabled child, Disability Grants is a free resource of grants and other information, including advice on applying. The grant information is in the following categories: 

Children & Young People: A-Z of grants - Family Fund - Dreams & wishes - Funding for medical treatments - Grants for autism - Grants for ipads - Grants for trikes & bikes - Grants for young adults - Services & Support

Disabled Adults: General - Elderly & older adults - Individual occupations - Disabled veterans - Disabled women - Young adults - Disabled parents

Families & Carers: General grants - Family Fund - Young carers - Government funding - Information & Support

Individual Conditions & Disabilities: Autism - Blind & visually impaired - Cancer - Deaf & hearing impaired - Learning difficulties - Neurological disorders - Physical disabilities/conditions

Holidays: Disabled children - Disabled children & adults - Holiday grants for carers - Supported holidays - Travel & adventure grants - Other holiday funds & holidays

Recreation: Computer & assistive technology - Holidays - Sports & recreation groups

Equipment: General grants - Funding for mobility - Grants for wheelchairs step 1 - Grants for wheelchairs step 2 - Grants for cars - Funding for driving lessons - Grants for trikes & bikes - Funding for ipads - Computer & assistive technology - Independent living - Custom disability equipment - Information & advice

Housing: Disabled facilities grants - Energy saving grants - General grants - Grants for household items - Secondhand furniture & household items - Gardening grants

Grants for Education: Educational grants for schools - Grants & loans for college - Grants for higher education - Information & advice

Disability & Employment: Access to Work grant - The employment & support grant (for disabled veterans) - Business grants for the disabled

Grants UK: Grants by area, including Manchester


Sky Badger

Sky Badger is a charity that finds help and adventure for disabled children and their families all over the UK. They have information on grants and finances, including help with bills, disability allowance and various ‘How to’ guides.



Turn2us helps people in financial need gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help – online, by phone and face to face through their partner organisations. They provide a fund finder where you can search for grants under criteria, like where you live, health conditions, and religion. They also have a benefits calculator.