Small grants, generally for £1,000 or less, are available for individuals, registered charities, charitable organisations and schools across the UK to assist with the costs of respite breaks or holidays for children aged over 2 and under 18 who are living with emotional, mental or physical challenges.

o Application deadlineSUNDAY 30th JUNE 2024. 
o FunderThe Adamson Trust (founded 1946. Charity number SC016517. Total value of all grants awarded during the year ended 31 March 2023: £73,235 (2022: £63,270)).
Who can applyindividuals, registered charities, schools and charitable organisations across the UK.
o Key words: Children and Young People Aged Over 2 and Under 18, Disabled Children and Young People, Families, Respite Breaks, Holidays, Individuals, United Kingdom.

The Adamson Trust (previously the Robert and Agnes G Adamson’s Fund) accepts applications to provide financial help with the cost of holidays or respite breaks for disabled children aged between 3 and 17 with physical, mental or emotional impairments.

The conditions for applying for grant support is designed to be straightforward so as to not discourage anyone from applying. Eligible children must be aged over 2 and under 18, with evidence of their disability or illness confirmed by a medical or social care professional. Applications may also be made on behalf of groups of children, organisations and other registered charities.

Grants usually cover a relatively small part of the holiday cost, and the Trust may seek assurances that the family has sufficient personal or supplementary funding to cover the balance. The Trust believes that disabled children and young people should be able to go on holiday with or without their families. In the latter case, an added benefit is respite for the family.

During the year ended 31 March 2023, the Trust received 362 applications. Awards were made to 182 individuals totalling £61,635 and awards were made to 13 organisations & schools totalling £11,600 (2022: the Trust awarded grants totalling £63,270. This consisted of awards to 84 individuals totalling £36,325 and 21 charitable organisations and schools totalling £26,945

Applications must be received annually by:

o 31st December for the Trust’s meeting in the following February.
o 31st March for the Trust’s May meeting.
o Sunday 30th June 2024 for the Trust’s August 2024 meeting.

o Monday 30th September 2024 for the Trust’s November 2024 meeting, and
o Tuesday 31st December 2024 for the Trust’s February 2025 meeting.

The next application deadline therefore falls on Sunday 30th June 2024.

Further information, guidance and an application form is available on the Trust’s website.

The Adamson Trust
PO Box 7227
PH16 9AL
(The Trust does not advertise a phone number.)