Grants

Grants from the MS Society

The MS Society has three grant funds available to people with MS, and their carers, living in the UK. These can help towards a wide range of equipment, adaptations, short breaks and support for carers and families. You don’t have to be a member of the MS Society to apply.

Applying for a grant 

Individual support grant fund

Short breaks and activities fund

Carers' grant fund

More information

 

Applying for a grant

You’ll need to fill out an application form and give us some information to help with your request. You can download the forms on this page, and either print them out to post back or fill them in on your computer and email them to us. We also ask people to fill in our equality monitoring form. You don’t have to fill this form in and this won’t make any difference to the decision about whether you get a grant. But this form lets us see if our grants are reaching out widely across the MS community. 

Our local branches can consider applications for Individual Support Grants from their own funding. If there is a branch in your area, we’ll send your application on to them to consider first. If they can’t help, or can’t cover the whole cost, they’ll ask the grants team to consider a top up. 

We can’t promise that you will be given 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 find and apply for other money.

Please allow at least 8 weeks for us to make a decision about your application. If you don’t include all the information we need, it will take longer than this.

All details will be held in line with the Data Protection Act 1998 and will only be used to consider your application for funding.

Retrospective requests

A retrospective request means asking for help after you’ve already placed an order, made a booking or paid money, including deposits. We can’t help with these requests. If you are being asked to do any of these things but want to apply for a grant, please contact the grants team first who will be able to give further guidance.

Statutory funding

You’ll need to check whether statutory funding is available before you apply for an MS Society grant. This is money from the NHS or your local authority, for home adaptations, items of equipment or respite care (a break for the person with MS or the person caring for them). If money is available for some of the cost then the MS Society may be able to help towards the total cost of the item.

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Individual support grant fund 

ISG application form PDF

Equality monitoring form PDF

This gives grants to people with MS to pay for things they need as a result of their MS. If you have more than £16,000 in accessible household savings, we can’t offer you a grant. This includes things like money in the bank and savings accounts, and includes your partner’s savings if you have a partner. This doesn’t include money you’d get if you sold something (like a house or car). If you have more than £8,000 in savings, we’ll ask you to pay something towards the cost of the request.

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, except for Bankruptcy or Debt Relief Order fees 

Another request if you‘ve had help from this fund within the last two years

Supporting information

You’ll need to send the following information with your application form:

A letter of support from a health or social care professional, that says you need the item and that it is right for you

A letter from a health professional that says you’ve been diagnosed with MS (this may be included in the letter of support)

Two quotes for the item, or other details of the cost

Confirmation of your income support, income-related ESA, income-related JSA or guarantee pension credit, if you get any of these. An example would be a copy of your letter from the Department for Work and Pensions saying you get this benefit

Information we need in your letter of support

Adaptations to your home - a letter from your occupational therapist that says what adaptations you need. The letter should also say whether you qualify for a Disabled Facilities Grant or Home Adaptations Grant or not (these are grants from the local authority). If you don’t have an occupational therapist, contact your local authority’s social services team and ask for an occupational therapy assessment

Wheelchairs - a letter from an occupational therapist or from the Wheelchair Service, that says what wheelchair you need. They also need to say whether you qualify for any money from the Wheelchair Service and if so, how much

Mobility scooters – a letter from an occupational therapist, or other suitably qualified professional, that says you need a scooter and that the type you’re asking for is right for you

Riser-recliner chairs and profiling beds – a letter from an occupational therapist, or other suitably qualified professional such as a district nurse, that says what chair or bed you need. They also need to say whether any money is available from the NHS or social services

Adaptations to your car and Motability advance payments - a letter from an occupational therapist, or other suitably qualified professional, saying what vehicle or adaptations you need. They also need to say whether you can get any money from Motability and if so, how much

Bankruptcy and Debt Relief Order fees – a letter from a debt advice worker, saying that they’ve given you debt advice and they recommend bankruptcy or a debt relief order, and saying what this will cost

Exercise equipment – a letter from an physiotherapist, saying what equipment you need, and whether you can get any health funding for it

Other items (eg furnishings, flooring and domestic appliances; costs of moving house; computers; driving lessons) – a letter from a health or social care professional (such as an MS nurse, GP, social worker or occupational therapist), saying that you need the item

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Short breaks and activities fund 

SBA application form PDF

Equality monitoring form PDF

This gives grants that pay for short breaks for people with MS or family members or friends who are caring for them. If you have more than £23,000 in accessible household savings, we can’t offer you a grant. This includes things like money in the bank and savings accounts, and includes your partner’s savings if you have a partner. This doesn’t include money you’d get if you sold something (like a house or car). If you have more than £10,000 in savings, we’ll ask you to pay something towards the cost of for the break. 

We can’t help with

Requests involving long-term financial commitments

Another request if you’ve had help from this fund within the last 12 months. We may consider a request for more than one break within a single application, for example where respite is to be spread over a year. This depends on your circumstances

What we can help with

Planned and emergency respite care, where it is not replacing statutory funding

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

Paying to employ a carer or personal assistant 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

Hiring disability equipment for someone with MS who’s taking a break

Some complementary therapy taster sessions where they’re part of a break

Supporting information

You’ll need to send the following information with your application form:

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 say you’ve been diagnosed with MS, that you need the break or activity because of your MS, and give details of any care and support needs that we should take into account. The letter should say whether there‘s any money from statutory authorities, particularly with respite care

A quote for the cost of the break or activity. If you’re applying for different parts of a break (for example travel, accommodation, travel insurance), we’ll need quotes for each of these. The quotes can be pages from a travel brochure, pages printed from websites or a travel agent’s letter, but they must show the total cost of the break you’re asking for  

A copy of a recent bank statement 

Confirmation of your income support, income-related ESA, income-related JSA or guarantee pension credit, if you get any of these. An example would be a copy of your letter from the Department for Work and Pensions saying you get this benefit.

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Carers' grant fund 

CGF application form PDF

Equality monitoring form PDF

This gives grants to unpaid carers of all ages for a broad range of items and things they can do for leisure or personal development (eg, getting new knowledge or skills). If you get Carers Allowance we don’t count that as being paid. We can’t consider grants for adult carers (aged 25 and over) with over £23,000 in accessible household savings. This includes things like money in the bank and savings accounts, and includes your partner’s savings if you have a partner. This doesn’t include money you’d get if you sold something (like a house or car). 

Please download the application form for more information about the type of things we can help with, how often you can apply, and the information we need.

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For more information about grants

If you would like more 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: 17 Sep 2015

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