This page gives more information about different funding sources and schemes that help disabled people access sports and leisure.
On this page:
- Disability Grants charity
- Family Fund
- Sport England
- GP social prescribing
- Benefits and financial help
The charity Disability Grants provides information on a wide range of sports grants for children, adults, clubs and groups.
It covers grants for equipment and specialist equipment, clothing, access and training, including for those participating at national level.
Family Fund accepts funding applications for leisure activities and equipment, including:
- Sports equipment (recreation and household).
- Sensory toys and equipment.
- Outdoor play and leisure equipment.
- Specialist trikes and bicycles.
- Days out.
- Family breaks.
- Games, books and music.
Invests more than £250m of National Lottery and public money each year to help people play sport and take part in physical activity.
Sport England tries to address inequalities through funding and encourages applications for projects that support people who have poorer health outcomes and lower activity levels.
GP social prescribing
Under social prescribing, your GP can refer you to community schemes or projects for activities such as sports, cooking and healthy eating, arts activities and befriending.
- Healthy London Partnership: What is social prescribing? (video with subtitles).
- The National Academy for Social Prescribing.
- NHS Wales: Social prescribing projects.
Contact your GP practice to find out more.
Benefits and financial help
You might be entitled to financial help from your local authority, which could help you pay for leisure activities.
Find out more about benefits for disabled adults and financial support for parents of disabled children.
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This content was last reviewed in July 2023. We’ll review it again next year.