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 social worker, a healthcare professional, charity representative or similar, please read the following information before applying for a grant.
Who are Applicant Officers and how do I become one?
The Applicant Officer (AO) is the professional who applies on behalf of the family. AOs can be healthcare professionals, social workers, or grant coordinators within a charitable organisation.
Ideally, the AO should be working with the family on a professional basis and who knows the family and their history, and would be happy to complete an application on the family's behalf.
We are unable to accept applications completed by parents or individuals. 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 AO to check details for us, thus ensuring a fast decision process. If we had to do these checks internally, we would not have as many funds available to help families.
Please note that we are unable to fund applications submitted by a charitable organisation where the charity's turnover is greater than £1 million and/or where the charity has been registered less than 2 years. We are also unable to fund applications where the applicant officer is from the charitable organisation who will be providing the service.
For example, a charity who provides physiotherapy for a child can not apply to us for funding for physiotherapy delivered at their charity.
You can become an AO by registering your details with us. We will then send you a validation code that you can use online to apply for a grant.
Is the family eligible?
Marvellous Family Grants are open to any family in the UK who meet the following criteria:
Please note that the charity's remit excludes all forms of malignant 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 we will support
The maximum grant per family will be £500. Here is a list of items we have previously funded:
This list is not exhaustive. Please note that we do not fund holidays, day trips, or driving lessons. 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.
What will I need to complete the application form?
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 meetings. These dates can be found on the right hand side of the page. We will notify with the outcome of your application by the notification date following the date, which you submitted the form. Depending on when in the month your form is submitted, your application could take between 4-8 weeks.
If you are working with a family who you feel would meet the criteria, please proceed to our information about how to apply for a grant.
Please also see our 'Other sources of help' links on the right hand side panel of this page.
Please note that our fund is limited and we will be unable to fund every grant requested.
Grants are generally awarded to eligable 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.