Grants for children with cancer

There are charities that offer grants to families of children with cancer.

The Family Fund

Family Fund is the UK’s largest charity providing grants for low-income families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people. Family Fund's aim is to improve the quality of life of disabled or seriously ill children and young people, realise their rights, and remove some of the barriers they face.

What is available?

Family Fund will look at any grant request that can help with the needs of your disabled or seriously ill child and your family.

When you apply, think about what would help you and your child. You can ask for more than one item. But tell them what is most important to you and your child. The Family Fund looks at grant requests in order of priority.

You can apply for:

  • a Centre Parcs break
  • clothing
  • a Butlin's holiday in the UK
  • a break with Haven in the UK
  • computers and tablets
  • day breaks to, for example, to the zoo
  • kitchen appliances
  • sensory toys and equipment
  • games, books and music
  • games consoles
  • outdoor play and leisure equipment
  • special trike or bicycle
  • garden improvements
  • help towards teaching a young person to drive
  • pets

Contact details:

Phone: 01904 550055

Young Lives vs Cancer

Young Lives vs Cancer (previously called CLIC Sargent) offers support to children and young people with cancer and their families. They:

  • can help with day to day support through social workers, a Live Chat on their website and Facebook groups
  • give financial support through grants, a winter emergency grant, welfare advice and a benefits calculator
  • have a Home from Home service with houses in 8 cities in the UK where your family can stay while your child is in the hospital
  • have services for teens and young adults such as social workers and opportunities to connect with other young people with cancer
  • give information and financial support during a bereavement
  • do research and campaign for policy change

Contact details:

Phone: 0300 330 0803 (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm)

Other resources

For a more complete list of charities offering grants, ask for this book in your local library. 

The Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need 2016-2017 (15th edition)
Rachel Cain & Jennifer Reynolds
Published by the Directory of Social Change, 2016
ISBN 978 1 78482 005 3

Last reviewed: 
08 Feb 2022
Next review due: 
04 Mar 2023

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