grants and services provided across the UK in 2017/18

We helped families in every postcode area of the UK last year. Find out more about how we did it.

Our year in numbers

How many applications did we receive? What did families need most?

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Our services

We provide other help alongside our main grant programme. Read more about our digital skills programme, sleep support, information provision and other grant support.


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Other grant support

Alongside our financial grant support, we can also provide help to families through two other grant schemes, Take a Break and Sibling Matter Too.


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Voices of families

We are very lucky to have so many of our families write blogs for us, describing what day-to-day life is like, both the highs and the lows, in their own words.


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The difference that Family Fund makes is possible thanks to the support of our funders. Our grants and services are a lifeline for families with disabled or seriously ill children and young people, and we consistently strive to spend every single pound efficiently and with the maximum benefit to families.

We are grateful to our funders across the UK, the Department for Education (England), the Department of Health (Northern Ireland), Scottish Government and Welsh Government for their continued support.

Family Fund received the same level of government funding in 2017/18 as 2016/17 in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. In Wales, funding reduced from £926,000 to £499,000 as part of the second year of Family Fund’s three-year contract with Welsh Government to provide direct grant support following the changes in funding under the Sustainable Social Services Act.

In Scotland, £700,000 of funding was received from Scottish Government for the Take a Break programme, which supports carers of disabled children and young people to access a single or ongoing break from caring.

We received £517,000 in donations, fundraising and gift aid, including £400,000 in profits donated by our trading subsidiary Family Fund Business Services, which has now generated almost £2.9 million in income for Family Fund since 2012.

Funding from UK Governments 2017/18


Other generated funds


Total income (included generated funds)


Grants and services spend to families

Other sources of funding

Funding from a number of trusts and foundations was secured to deliver grants in specific geographic areas, for children or young people with particular conditions, or for specific grant items. This funding included:

  Motability Tenth Anniversary Trust (£500,000): For Family Fund Mobility Support, a pilot project to provide a grant for a car lease to those with children under the age of three who have significant mobility support needs but, due to their age, are not eligible to claim the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

  The Marian Elizabeth Trust (£200,000): To support families caring for children and young people with multiple complex and significant learning and physical support needs, living in Liverpool, Wirral, and the Midlands.

  Garfield Weston Trust (£100,000) and Moondance Foundation (£25,000): To provide essential grant items in Wales for families who we can no longer support though our Welsh Government funding due to changes in their eligibility criteria.

  Flora’s Fund (£2,000): To support families raising children or young people with cystic fibrosis.

  Good Things Foundation (£32,750): To provide digital skills training to families.

  HMRC (£8,500): To provide familie with advice on claiming the disabled child element of tax credits.

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