Our Marvellous Family Grants provide support to help UK families in financial hardship who are caring for a child with a serious illness.
If you are a parent or carer, please read the following information carefully before contacting an applicant officer.
Who can we help?
Marvellous Family grants are open to any family residing in the UK who meet the following criteria:
Please note that the charity's remit excludes all forms of cancer owing to levels of support for children and young people with cancer being far higher than those for other conditions. We are also unable to support applications for children and young people who solely have learning or behavioural difficulties including autism and ADHD.
What are you able to fund?
Grants of up to £1000 are available to enable families to access a variety of support including;
This list is not exhaustive. Please note that we no longer fund holidays, day trips, property adaptations, deposits for vehicles, garden works, sheds/storage, utility bills, respite care or driving lessons. We cannot fund retrospectively i.e. where the item or support has already been paid for. We are also unable to help with requests where a statutory agency (such as local authorities or health services) has a responsibility to provide the item required.
How do I apply?
We are unable to accept applications completed by parents or individuals. We are only able to accept applications completed via a health or social care professional employed by a statutory organisation (NHS or local authority). This could be a nurse, doctor, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, social worker, family support worker, health visitor etc. Ideally, this should be someone who knows your family and your history and would be happy to complete an application on your behalf. We call this person the Applicant Officer.
The reason we only accept applications via this route is to ensure that criteria is met through an independent professional. It greatly reduces our overheads by asking the application officers to check details for us thus ensuring a very fast decision process. If we had to do these checks internally we would not have as many funds available to help families.
How long does it take?
Applications are considered at a monthly grants allocations meeting. The application forms need to be submitted by a set date to be considered at each month's meeting. The application form needs to have been fully completed, including your signature. These dates can be found on the right hand side of the page. We will notify your Applicant Officer with the outcome of the application by the notification date, following the date by which they submitted the form. Depending on when in the month your form is submitted, your application could take between 4-8 weeks.
Once you have decided who will make the application on your behalf, please pass our details on to them and ask them to register with us in order to make an application.
Please note our fund is limited and we will be unable to fund every grant requested. Grants are generally awarded to eligible cases that demonstrate the greatest need, and where we feel our funding can make the biggest difference.
 Adapted from: ACT, ‘A Guide to the Development of Children’s Palliative Care Services,’ 2009.