Grants

Grants from the MS Society

The MS Society gives grants to people affected by MS for items or activities needed as a direct result of MS.

There are three funds that you can apply to. These can help towards a wide range of equipment, adaptations, short breaks and support for carers and families:

We can’t help with anything that you have already paid money towards. If you want to apply for a grant please contact us before you pay any money.

We can’t promise that you will be awarded a grant or that it will be for the whole amount you’ve asked for. If we can’t help with the full amount, we can help you to identify and apply for other funding.

Sometimes the NHS or local authority can provide funding, so you will need to apply to them first before applying for an MS Society grant. Please contact the Grants Team if you are unsure about this or if you need further information.

Individual Support Grants

What we can help with

Below are examples of what we can help with:

  • Home adaptations or repairs needed following adaptations
  • Wheelchairs or mobility scooters
  • Riser-recliner chairs
  • Profiling beds, including double profiling beds when one is needed by a couple
  • Car adaptations - such as hoists or hand controls
  • Motability advance payments – when an assessment shows that there are no suitable vehicles without an advance payment
  • Driving lessons – for the person with MS or someone who cares for them
  • Some clinical and communication aids such as Neater Eaters or screen readers
  • Bankruptcy and Debt Relief Order fees – after you’ve had professional debt advice
  • Removal costs if you’re moving to more accessible accommodation
  • Some furnishings, flooring and domestic appliances
  • Computers
  • Exercise equipment where you don’t have access to community provision and the request is supported by a physiotherapist
  • Replacement boilers

We can’t help with:

  • Requests involving long-term financial commitments, for example, grants for residential care or insurance
  • Requests for help with daily living costs, such as household bills
  • Requests for help with debt, legal fees or insurance payments, with the exception of Bankruptcy or Debt Relief Order fees

If you have debts and need free and confidential information and advice you can contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau, the National Debtline (England, Wales and Scotland only) on 0808 808 4000, or StepChange Debt Charity (formerly CCCS) on 0800 138 1111.

Household savings

If you have more than £16,000 in accessible household savings, we can’t offer you a grant. This includes your partner’s savings, if relevant. If you have more than £8,000 in savings, we will ask you to pay something towards the cost of the request.

How to apply for an Individual Support Grant

You will need to complete an application form, which is available from your local branch of the MS Society or from the Grants Team.

Along with the application form, you will also need to give us:

  • A letter of support from a health or social care professional, for example, an occupational therapist, MS nurse or social worker. This will need to confirm your diagnosis of MS, the need for and suitability of the item you are requesting, and that it cannot be funded by statutory authorities.
  • Two quotes to confirm the cost of the item.

Return your application form and supporting information to your local MS Society branch, where the request will be considered confidentially by trained support volunteers.

If your branch can’t give you the full amount and you can’t afford the difference, your form will be forwarded to the Grants Team. We will then consider a top-up grant, although this is not always possible.

Short Breaks and Activities Fund

The MS Society’s Short Breaks and Activities Fund provides grants to you and/or family members or friends who are supporting or caring for you, to access a short break. It can pay towards the cost of short breaks, respite care, holidays and other activities.

What we can help with

  • Planned and emergency respite care
  • A short break, activity or series of activities for someone with MS
  • A short break, activity or series of activities for a family member or friend who is supporting or caring for someone with MS
  • Salary costs to employ a carer or personal assistant needed to help someone with MS (or a family member or friend who is supporting or caring for them) to have a break, either in their home or elsewhere
  • Travel and accommodation costs linked to an activity, experience or short break
  • Disability equipment hire required for someone with MS taking a break
  • Some complementary therapies taster sessions where they are part of a break

Household savings

If you have more than £23,000 in accessible household savings, we can’t offer you a grant. This includes your partner’s savings, if relevant. If you have more than £10,000 in savings, we will ask you to pay something towards the cost of the request.

How to apply for a Short Breaks and Activities grant 

You will need to complete an application form, which is available from the Grants Team.

Along with the application form, you will also need to give us:

  • A letter of support from a health or social care professional, for example, an MS nurse, occupational therapist or social worker. They will need to confirm your diagnosis of MS, the need for the break or activity in relation to your MS. The letter should confirm whether it can be funded by statutory authorities, particularly with respite care or short breaks.
  • A quote to confirm the cost of the break or activity.
  • A copy of a recent bank statement.

Return your application form and supporting information to the Grants Team.

For more information about grants

If you would like further information about grants from the MS Society or to find the contact details for your local branch, please contact the grants team on 020 8438 0700 or email grants@mssociety.org.uk

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Page last updated: 13 Jul 2015

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