Grants for organisations helping those with disability or long-term illness


The Edward Gostling Foundation makes grants to ensure that people living with a mental and/or physical disability or a long-term illness have the same choices, quality of life opportunities and aspirations as others.

The foundation has updated their work in order to make sure that smaller organisations are able to deliver their vital services to the most vulnerable in society during the COVID-19 crisis.

With immediate effect therefore we have taken the decision to suspend accepting applications from charities with a gross income in excess of £5M and to focus our limited financial resources on helping smaller charities providing front line community services. We will do this by awarding grants of up to £10,000 to eligible charities with less than 6 months of free reserves. This funding can be used to support their core operating costs“.

What They Fund

Area: The UK

Suitable for: Registered charities

Funding size: Up to £10,000

Application deadline: Ongoing

The foundation is looking for applications which show a significant impact across one or more of their four “themes” and priority is given to organisations that clearly demonstrate this within their application.


1. Health and Wellbeing

Providing access to community facilities offering support services that maintain, improve and advance the health and welfare of people living with disabilities and/or long-term illnesses.

  • information providing, guidance, advice, training, and moral and emotional support to individuals and their families and carers
  • centres that provide clinical services including therapies and medical provision (e.g. physiotherapy, oxygen therapy, pilates)
  • access to counselling and early intervention services
  • independent hospices and care homes

2. Independent Living at Home

Work that supports people who wish to remain living in their own home for as long as is practically possible.

  • safe and independent access around the home
  • equipment to aid getting in and out of chairs, beds and bathrooms easily and independently
  • communication and access to the external community
  • people to go outside, use community facilities and generally enjoy and feel part of family life

3. Respite

Charities who are providing facilities where either the person living with a disability and/or long-term illness or the individual caring for them can go to access sports and leisure activities.

4. Transition

Work which provides fundamental life skills and infrastructure necessary to allow people to reach their full potential in all areas of life and to become a valued member of their local community.

  • education, training, coaching and development to promote independent living and/or support to help people into paid work, vocational services or volunteering
  • affordable housing and/or supported living in the local community
  • day services supporting people with general life skills e.g. computing, cooking, arts and crafts.

Read more about this funding opportunity.

About the Author:

Keir is a project officer based in Semble's Bristol office. Most of his time is spent on two of our movement campaigns, Outdoor Classroom Day and Backyard Nature. One of Keir’s main interests is food equality and outside of Semble he runs a small community food waste project.