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Small grants scheme for disabled children


If you’re a provider of a service for children and young people with special education needs and disabilities (SEND), we are inviting applications to our small grants scheme for financial support so that activities can run over the summer holiday.

In light of the disruption to services caused by coronavirus (COVID-19), we recognise that activities and resources for children and young people (0-18) with SEND and their families will look different this summer and may be reduced due to restrictions. Where organisations and groups have conducted thorough risk assessments and are confident that they can safely provide some activities or resources in line with government guidance over the summer holiday, we are inviting applications to our small grants scheme for financial support to achieve this.

The scheme provides funding to organisations who support children and young people (0-18) with SEND to access their local community and take part in activities alongside their friends. The scheme, provided by Devon County Council in partnership with Parent Carer Forum Devon, also covers funding for young carers to undertake activities with disabled siblings, and it can provide up to £5,000 to:

  • Voluntary or community organisations (predominately parent led)
  • Registered or unregistered charities
  • Co-operatives
  • Community interest companies
  • Not for profit organisations

The deadline for applications is midnight on Monday 13th July. Applications will be considered subject to funds available and the grant awarded must be spent before 6th September 2020.

To apply, please complete the application form and email it to childrenscommissioningsecure-mailbox@devon.gov.uk. Before you apply, we encourage you to contact Claire Tatton on 01392 380192 or the above email for further information about the scheme and a discussion to support your application. Guidelines for applying are available here.

We recognise that timescales for making an application are short due to awaiting government guidance on provision in out-of-school settings. However, now that this guidance has been published, we can proceed, and we want to ensure that funding is received by organisations promptly. For an informal discussion to support your application, please contact us, we will be happy to discuss with you to support you in this process.


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