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Disabled Holiday Grants

What is a disabled holiday grant?

Disabled holidays grants are sums of money that are not required to be repaid. There are a number of organisations in the UK that can provide holiday grants for disabled adults.

Grants for disabled people are provided by charities, trusts and many more organisations. Grants for disabled travellers are typically given to those who are most in need and you'll have to apply to see if you are eligible to receive one.

Can Limitless Travel provide holiday grants for disabled adults?

We at Limitless Travel are proud to organise accessible tours for those with disabilities. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer disabled holiday grants or disability holiday vouchers. We can offer you some useful advice, though. Read on to find out the best methods and who to contact to check if you are eligible for a grant.

Where should I start when applying for a holiday grant?

A simple google search will return thousands of results that claim to offer disabled holidays grants. It can be time-consuming and tedious to sift through all of the related sites, and even when you find something suitable there will be lengthy forms to fill in.

If you are looking for help to fund an accessible disabled holiday, the best place to start is your local council. They will be able to let you know if there is any funding available for accessible travel or respite holidays for disabled people and how you can apply for it.

Please note that not all councils will be able to offer disabled holiday grants and that this method is only suggested as the first port of call. If there is nothing available through your local council, they might be able to point you in the right direction.

What should I do once I have applied for a disabled holiday grant?

When applying for disabled holiday grants, be sure to leave plenty of time in between submitting your application and the date of your departure. It can take a very long time to finalise holiday grants for disabled travellers and there may be a significant amount of back and forth in the run-up to receiving the grant.

On your application, make sure you include the specifics of your condition or disability. It is advisable to send applications to more than one organisation at a time so that you have a range of options. Just remember, sadly not all applications for disabled holiday grants will be accepted.

What to do once I receive my disabled holiday grant?

Once you have received your grant, the only thing left to do is look forward to a fantastic, fully accessible and disabled friendly holiday. Standard travel companies may not have the knowledge and expertise to organise accessible trips or respite holidays for disabled people so we recommend you talk to people like ourselves at Limitless Travel.

With our comprehensive understanding of travelling with a disability, we can help create a bespoke holiday that will include as much or as little care and support as you require.

C S Disabled holidays

C S Disabled holidays is a charity dedicated to providing respite holiday grants for adults with severe physical disabilities as a result of neurological or neuromuscular conditions.

The Florence Nightingale Aid in Sickness Trust

The FLAIST provides respite holiday grants to people who are ill, convalescent, or disabled.

The Victoria Convalescent Trust

The VCT provides respite holiday grants to people living in England and Wales to cover the costs of short breaks for the purpose of convalescence, recuperative, and respite care for people in need. Applications need to be made by a qualified health or social care professional.

The Act Foundation

ACT provides grants to people living in the UK who have a physical or mental disability, or people who are elderly, to enhance their quality of life. This can sometimes be out towards respite holidays. 

What about grants for respite holidays for disabled people?

https://www.3hfund.org.uk

3H provides grants specifically for people with physical and/or mentally disabled people on a low income, their families, and carers. Contact them to find out if you are eligible, and to see what you might be entitled to.

The Disability Grants website is a mine of information and can be very helpful in your search for disabled holiday funding. Visit https://www.disability-grants.org/holiday-grants.html to see if you are eligible.

You can also use the Turn 2 Us website:

https://www.turn2us.org.uk

Use the search engine to find out what disability grants you are eligible for based on your age, postcode, and occupation. Bear in mind that you will be able to give more information over the telephone than you can over the internet, so the person you are talking to will have all of the relevant information. Grants for respite holidays for disabled people can be complicated and the application process is often long, so seek out all the help you can get! 

What about charities?

In some cases, certain charities may be able to help cover some of the costs involved with a disabled holiday.

Be aware that charities receive hundreds of thousands of requests for funding help each year, so make sure that your application contains details of your disability or condition, the last time you went on holiday, and what the disability grant will go towards.

It is important to emphasise that you have specific requirements which increase the cost of your holiday in comparison to someone who does not have a disability.

Can I get a disabled holiday grant on PIP or DLA?

For many of these charities and organisations, you will be able to apply for a disabled holiday grant if you are a PIP or DLA recipient. Additionally, you can still receive benefits if you’re going away for less than 13 weeks.

Join us on our disabled friendly holidays

In the meantime, why not browse through our disabled friendly holiday destinations like Sicily, Crete and Benidorm. Call 0800 711 7232 for additional information and to talk to one of our Limitless Travel specialists.

What types of expenses can be covered by a disabled holiday grant?

Disabled holiday grants can typically cover a range of expenses to make your vacation more accessible and enjoyable. 

These can include the cost of travel such as flights, trains, or accessible taxis; accommodation expenses for wheelchair-accessible lodgings or those equipped with necessary assistive devices; special equipment hire if you need additional mobility aids during your trip; costs associated with personal care attendants if required; and expenses related to accessible tours or activities. 

Some grants may even cover travel insurance premiums. Each grant will have its own specific terms and conditions, so it's essential to read these thoroughly.

How can disabled individuals apply for holiday grants, and what is the application process like?

Disabled individuals in the UK can apply for holiday grants through various charities and trusts like the Disabled Holiday Fund, Family Fund, or Turn2us. 

The application process typically involves filling out an application form, either online or by mail, detailing your circumstances, disability, and how the grant would benefit you. 

You'll also likely need to provide supporting documents such as proof of disability and income. Some organisations require a referral from a health or social care professional. The process varies depending on the grant provider, so it's essential to research and contact the specific organisation for detailed guidance. 

Remember, applications may take a few weeks or months to process, so it's best to apply well in advance.

How much funding is typically provided by disabled holiday grants, and is it enough to cover the costs of a holiday?

The amount of funding provided by disabled holiday grants varies greatly depending on the specific grant program and the individual's circumstances. 

Some grants may offer a few hundred pounds, while others may provide several thousand. The funding may cover all or just part of the holiday costs. 

These grants are typically designed to help offset the cost of a holiday, but it's important to remember that you may still need to cover some expenses. 

Each grant will have its own guidelines about what costs they cover and how much they will provide, so it's crucial to read these carefully when applying.

How often can individuals apply for disabled holiday grants, and are there any limits or restrictions?

The frequency with which individuals can apply for disabled holiday grants depends on the specific rules of each granting organisation. 

Some organisations allow annual applications, while others might have a waiting period of several years between successful applications. 

There can also be restrictions based on the applicant's age, nature of disability, financial situation, and residency status. It's important to note that securing a grant once does not guarantee future approval. 

Applications are typically assessed on a case-by-case basis considering the current demand and funds available.

Can disabled individuals receive multiple grants to cover the cost of multiple holidays?

Whether disabled individuals can receive multiple grants for multiple holidays depends on the specific policies of the granting organisations. Some grant providers may allow applicants to receive funding for more than one holiday if they apply at different times or through different grant programs. 

However, many organisations have limitations to ensure that as many people as possible can benefit from the available funds. These may include restrictions on the number of times an individual or family can receive a grant within a certain period. 

Always check with each grant provider about their policies and be sure to disclose any other grants you've received or applied for, as not doing so could impact your eligibility.

How long does it take to receive a decision on a disabled holiday grant application?

The timeframe for receiving a decision on a disabled holiday grant application can vary widely, depending on the specific organisation and grant program. Some organisations may process applications and make decisions within a few weeks, while others may take several months. 

The processing time can also depend on the completeness and complexity of the application, the volume of applications received, and the time of year. Once approved, the time to receive funds also varies. 

It's always a good idea to apply well in advance of your planned holiday and to check directly with the organisation for their specific timelines.


What should individuals do if they are not approved for a disabled holiday grant?

If you're not approved for a disabled holiday grant, don't be discouraged. You can reach out to the organisation for feedback and inquire about the reasons for denial. 

This can help you understand whether you could improve your application for future opportunities. 

Look into other grant programs, charities, or trusts that may have different criteria or funds available. 

Alternatively, consider seeking financial advice to explore other funding options such as loans, savings, or crowdfunding.

Can I get a holiday grant for my disabled child?

Yes, there are several charities and organisations in the UK that offer holiday grants specifically for families with a disabled child. These include Family Fund, Happy Days, and the Children’s Hope Foundation. 

These grants can help cover the costs of accommodations, travel, and accessible activities. The application process typically involves providing proof of your child's disability and demonstrating financial need. 

Each organisation has its own eligibility criteria and application process, so it's essential to review these carefully before applying. 

Please remember that grants are usually given based on availability of funds and individual circumstances, so approval isn't guaranteed.

Two people sitting on a beach with a wheelchair nearby.