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Wheelchair Sector Grant Programme

Who can apply

Through this new grant programme we aim to support charities and organisations to make an immediate impact for disabled people, by awarding funding to improve and expand their access to good quality affordable wheelchairs. We are focussed on awarding grants in this area on:

  • Funding to fill current gaps in provision for groups of people who are excluded from receiving help from existing sources/providers.
  • Funding to enable charities and organisations to help individuals by topping up self-funding.
  • Funding raising awareness of the challenges faced by disabled people in obtaining suitable, quality and affordable wheelchairs.
  • Funding programmes to help fund high quality and affordable equipment.
  • Funding to schemes, programmes and initiatives that already exist, and who provide best practice solutions, but need further support to remain operational or scale up the service they can provide to help more disabled people.

Please note, these grants are for charities and organisations only. Individuals cannot apply for help with wheelchair funding through this grant programme. If any of the above are relevant to your charity or organisation, please take some time to read further down this website page and review the documents included with our guidance for applicants section below.

Why are we doing this? 

Using a wide range of research including insight from Motability beneficiaries and Scheme customers, other disabled people and representative organisations, wheelchairs has been identified as a priority area for focus and investment.

For people who use them, wheelchairs are absolutely necessary for access to basic mobility, and challenges to accessing appropriate, quality and affordable wheelchairs can have a severe and longstanding impact on the lives of disabled people and their ability to access and use all forms of transport.

Our research has shown that over recent years, potentially as many as two thirds of people who require a wheelchair have experienced challenges in accessing one that is suitable for their needs, be that basic mobility, or to enhance social, professional or leisure activities.

  • Estimates from our research with NatCen and from NHS England suggest anywhere between 480,000 and 1.2 million disabled people use a wheelchair.
  • Challenges include delays, poor information, fit and suitability
  • Individuals and organisations also report that there is a ‘postcode lottery’ where each wheelchair service has differing eligibility criteria, which are in place to try to balance demand against the actual cost of running the service.

To help address this problem now, charities and organisations can apply for grants from £100,000 to £4 million at any point over the next three years.

To find out more about our research visit Our Reports page.

Guidance for applicants

If you would like any of the following documents in an alternative format such as Easy Read, please complete our Grants to Organisations and Charities online form and an allocated Grant Manager will get back to you.

To be considered for a grant from the Wheelchair Sector Grant Programme, complete the Stage One Application Form within the guidance for applicants section and email the completed form to GrantstoOrganisations@motability.org.uk. Should you have any questions, we would be happy to discuss. Complete our online form Grants to Organisations and Charities online form and an allocated Grant Manager will review and get back to you.

Please note we cannot accept or respond to applications received by any other method.

When you place an application for a charitable grant, it will be allocated to a Grant Manager for consideration. During busy periods it may take a number of weeks for your application to be assigned to a Grant Manager. Please wait for your Grant Manager to contact you to update you on the status of your application.

Grants to Charities and Organisations

Our Grant to Charities and Organisations are designed to provide even more support to other charities and organisations in areas where our research and insight has shown opportunities to have the greatest impact for disabled people

Find out more about the Grants to Charities and Organisations.

Community Transport Grant Programme

Aims to develop, expand and improve community transport options for disabled people. Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Providing funding support for staff or volunteer training and costs.
  • Funding to increase the number of vehicles available in the community to help organisations support disabled people.
  • Funding local, regional, or national initiatives to increase awareness of community transport and influence its inclusion in transport strategy and policy.
  • Providing funding to schemes, programmes and initiatives that already exist, and who provide best practice solutions, but need further support to remain operational or scale up the service they can provide to help more disabled people.

Find out more about the Community Transport Grant Programme.

Active Travel Grant Programme

Aims to help charities and organisations to improve and expand access to quality and affordable active travel equipment and journeys. Examples of areas where we are focussing our grant making include but are not limited to:

  • Providing funding to ensure the voices and needs of disabled people inform and influence design requirements, and crucially, that they are shared with industry and Government to raise awareness.
  • Providing funding of charitable programmes that introduce disabled people to different active travel products and services.
    Supporting existing programmes that have a clear focus on increasing travel confidence and safety for disabled people, to enable them to confidently use active travel products and services.
  • Providing funding to schemes, programmes and initiatives that are already successful in supporting Active Travel and provide best practice solutions but need further support to remain operational or increase the service they provide, to help more disabled people.
  • Providing funding to programmes, charities or organisations to help fund more high quality and affordable active travel equipment for disabled people.

Please note, these grants are for charities and organisations only. Individuals cannot apply for help with Active Travel. We cannot award grants towards competitive sport.

Find out more about the Active Travel Grant Programme.

Research Grant Programme

Through the research grant programme, we hope to help charities and organisations to make an immediate positive impact for disabled people, to develop, expand and improve transport related research for disabled people, and produce data and findings that can be freely accessed by all. Examples of areas where we are focussing our grant making include but are not limited to:

  • Grant funding for research into barriers and challenges faced by disabled people when accessing or using transport.
  • Grant funding for transport related research that identifies good practice and evaluates solutions.
  • Grant funding to conduct research to inform and improve new or existing transport related programmes and product design.

Find out more about the Research Grant Programme.

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