Variety Club – Equipment Grants


Funding is available for specialist equipment for the direct use of children up to the age of 18 years who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged and are resident in the UK.

Objectives of Fund

The scheme is intended to support organisations which work with sick, disabled or disadvantaged children up to and including the age of 18 years. In particular, the scheme wishes to provide funding for specialist equipment for direct use by children.

Value Notes

There is no lower or upper limit on the level of grant which may be awarded.   Typically, a grant can be anywhere between £100 and £6,000. 

Who Can Apply

Grants are available to individuals as well as organisations.


Funding is not available for the following:

  • Standard household equipment/furnishings.
  • Standard medical equipment.
  • Repayment of loans.
  • Garden adaptions.
  • Garden sheds or summerhouses.
  • Cost of a family/wheelchair adapted vehicle.
  • Administrative/salary costs.
  • Laptops, iPads, computer hardware.
  • Maintenance or on-going costs.
  • Travel costs.
  • Therapy sessions.
  • Reimbursement of funds already paid out.
  • Hire, rental costs or down payments.
  • Trips abroad or holiday costs.
  • Trampolines (due to safety aspect).
  • Medical treatment or research.
  • Education/tuition fees.
  • Trikes, bikes or buggies.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available for specialist equipment which will be of clear direct benefit to a child or children with a disability/disabilities and/or with special needs.

The Fund aims to provide whatever is needed:

  • It may be medical, such as monitoring equipment.
  • It may be basic care like feeding tubes or hoists.
  • It may be sensory play or mobility equipment for a nursery or playgroup.

Please note:

  • If you are applying for a wheelchair do not complete the grants application form as you need to complete a different application form.     
  • Wheelchair applications made on a Grants application form will be returned to you, and will delay the process.

How To Apply

Applications may be submitted at any time.

Application form and guidance documents are available on the Trust’s website.

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