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Grants for Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

You may need a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV) to support your mobility. WAVs are vehicles which have been adapted to enable a wheelchair user to access and remain in their wheelchair when travelling.

As they are specialist conversions, WAVs can be expensive. At Motability, we believe that being a wheelchair user should not be a barrier to independence and we created the WAV Grant Programme to help overcome the costs.

What we offer

Through our WAVs Grant Programme, we currently focus help towards the cost of:

  • Advance Payments towards a WAV lease through the Motability Scheme, along with financial help towards any adaptations or dealer options needed.
  • Adaptations for Scheme WAVs needed mid-lease due to a change in your circumstances, for example, if your mobility has decreased and you now need additional assistance getting into your WAV.

Our expert Case Managers and Driving Advisors will need to ask for information about your mobility needs to ensure the WAV and any adaptations we fund are right for you. Using the information that you provide, our Case Managers will carefully consider your individual circumstances, and where applying for financial help with an Advance Payment, your grant award letter will include a list of suitable vehicles or vehicle categories that the charity is prepared to fund.

We can also offer familiarisation lessons; for example, when using driving adaptations for the first time, though our Driving Lessons Programme.

Who can apply

Our WAV Grant Programme is currently prioritising funding towards disabled people who use a wheelchair and who:

  • Would like to join the Motability Scheme but cannot afford the vehicle and adaptations they need;
  • Have a current lease agreement on the Motability Scheme which is ending and they cannot afford their next Scheme vehicle or adaptations they need.

All grant applications are means-tested to ensure we support those most in need of financial help and so that we can help as many beneficiaries as possible with the charitable funds available. We will look at your financial situation, including household income and savings, and if we believe you are able to afford to make a contribution towards the vehicle yourself, we may make this a condition of your grant award.

We are not able to award a grant if you have already ordered your vehicle. This is because when you place an application for a grant, our Case Managers will consider your individual circumstances and confirm which vehicles the charity is prepared to fund based on your mobility needs, not wants.

Grants are awarded in line with our policies and following thorough consideration of the information submitted in the application. All grant awards are final, except in cases where additional compelling information is provided. Applications that we consider do not meet our funding priorities will not receive grant funding.

To be considered for a grant from the WAV Grant Programme, contact Motability on 0800 500 3186 and keep your National Insurance number at hand. Children aged 3-15 years old have their National Insurance number or reference number at the top of their Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance award letter.

We will discuss what you need and if we think we can help, we will send you an application form (digital and paper versions available). You may speak with one of our business partners first, as there may be alternative options available to you.

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

Cars and Vehicle Adaptations Grant Programme

Our Cars and Vehicle Adaptations Programme can provide grants towards the cost of:

  • Advance Payments towards a Motability Scheme car and any adaptations or vehicle manufacturer options necessary to use it;
  • Adaptations needed mid-lease, due to a change in circumstances.

Find out more about the Car and Vehicle Adaptations Grant Programme.

Complex Driving Solutions Grant Programme

We can fund vehicles which you drive while seated in your wheelchair, adaptations to help you to transfer from your wheelchair while in the vehicle or help towards the cost of complex vehicle conversions (where the total cost of adaptations and dealer options is greater than £10,000).

Find out more about the Complex Driving Solutions Grant Programme.

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