Funding Round-up – Grants & Support for Disabled People and Health Conditions (Part 3), Winter 2024

MVA offer a further collection of announcements focusing on themes of funding and support for Disabled People and Health Conditions aimed at helping charities and similar groups continue their work.

Whilst every effort has been made to provide up-to-date information, due to the varying nature and progress of public policies and other related activity, MVA do advise that some of the details below may have changed since the time of its issue and ask that readers please check with each organisation’s website for the latest news.

Equipment Scheme from Kent Association for the Blind
The Kent Association for the Blind (KAB) can offer a range of products to help people with sight impairment to live as independently and safely as possible.

KAB say these products vary from simple talking watches to more technological devices that can read a person’s mail to them.

The Charity also say they have an experienced team to help people make an informed decision about what will suit them best.

KAB have Resource Rooms in Maidstone, Canterbury, or Bromley, which have a range of equipment for people to sample.

At these Resource Rooms visitors are shown what’s available, get demonstrations on how to use products and receive information on how to order any items.

KAB also offer a New Product Guide from Royal National Institute for Blind (RNIB), a free quarterly update packed with information on accessible products relevant to everyday life.

For more information or to arrange a visit to one of their Resource Rooms, you can contact KAB on 01622 691357, by email at, or visit The KAB website.

Grants from Macmillan Cancer Support
One-off small grants from Macmillan Cancer Support are available for adults, young people, or children with cancer in the UK, to cover a wide range of practical needs such as:
  • Energy bills
  • Home adaptations
  • Cost of travel to and from hospital
  • Extra costs people might have because of cancer.
Macmillan advise that applications must be made through a health or social care professional, such as a social worker, district nurse, or a benefits adviser.

At the time of writing, there was no specified deadline, which means applications can be accepted at any time.

More information and how to apply can be found at the Macmillan website.

Motability Scheme from Mobility Trust
The Mobility Trust say they could help applicants to exchange their mobility allowance for a brand-new car, Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV), scooter or powered wheelchair through the Motability Scheme.

The Trust work to reach and help people who have nowhere else to turn, and say they are the only UK charity that provides such support, regardless of age or cause of disabilities.

The Trust does specify that this scheme is for people who have severe disabilities and who cannot obtain such equipment through other means.

More information can be found on the Mobility Trust website. You can also contact the Trust on 0118 984 2588, or by email at

Local grant giver and community support organisation Kent Community Foundation (KCF) also has services that can offer support to individuals and families in need. To find out more, you can contact KCF on 01303 814 500.

MVA continues its efforts to provide coverage of local and national news and events from the Voluntary and Charity Sector.

If you would like to see coverage of specific news or subject to help your charity, your project, your community group or enterprise, you can get in touch by email at, you can also contact MVA via the website.