Grants

MS Research and Relief Fund offers financial assistance to individuals affected by MS - and groups representing people affected by MS - for aids, adaptions and equipment.

We offer grants throughout the United Kingdom, including Northern Ireland and the Scottish Islands. The full scope of the distribution of our financial assistance can be seen on our Grants Maps here.

Information on how to apply for grants for yourself, or on behalf of someone with MS, can be found on this page, along with details of the application process and the necessary forms and guidelines.

DOWNLOAD


Download the Application Guidelines from the page below. Please read the guidelines thoroughly as incomplete or incorrect applications will delay the process.

APPLY


Download and complete the Application for Financial Assistance, making sure to complete the form fully and include and quotes for services as stipulated in the Application Guidelines.

RETURN YOUR FORM


Return your form and any further supporting information, as stipulated in the Application Guidelines, either via post to Benmar House or via email to grants@ms-researchandrelief.org

MS Research and Relief Fund’s operations aren’t solely based in the North East. We offer grants for aids, adaptions and equipment to people affected by MS throughout the United Kingdom. In the last few years alone, our funding has gone to people in Penzance, John O’Groats and hundreds of towns, cities and villages in between. The types of grants we offer are listed below and the forms and guidelines for applications can be found in the sidebar.


Individual Grants can be used to part-fund aids & adaptations, equipment or services, which may help to relieve the symptoms of MS or improve the quality of life for people affected by MS. Because of the diversity of MS, grants may be equally diverse according to the needs of the individual. Read our Grant Application Guidelines for further details.

We can consider grants towards the cost of practical items such as adapted cars, wheelchairs, home adaptations, powered scooters, stair lifts etc. In addition, we will also consider requests for services which may make a significant improvement to the quality of life for someone with MS, e.g. respite care.

MS Research and Relief Fund often work with the MS Society on joint funding of individual grants. We may ask your permission to contact the MS Society on your behalf.

Applications can be submitted by individuals with MS, partners, carers, family members or advocates living in the UK.



Group Grants are provided to MS support groups to improve the services, facilities or activities available to their members, e.g. IT facilities, sports or games equipment, special outings or visits etc.

Activities, facilities and services provided by groups applying must primarily be for the benefit of people affected by MS and help improve their quality of life.



MS Research and Relief Fund will NOT make any award for:

  • Retrospective funding i.e. goods/services already purchased, ordered or where a deposit has been paid.
  • Rent arrears, mortgage arrears, council tax, hire purchase payments/arrears or utility bills
  • Complementary therapies.
  • ‘Second hand’ or used items or equipment.
  • Transport costs of any kind
  • Driving lessons
  • Holidays

In exceptional circumstances, we may use our discretion to make individual awards outside the scope of our normal grant activity.

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