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National grant funds

We provide financial grants to people affected by MS for things they feel will make a positive impact on their life. If your group handles money and delivers services and activities, you must ensure that information about our national grants programme is available to all people affected by MS within your community.

See Group Handbook B3: Giving information

  1. Who can apply for a grant?
  2. Health and Wellbeing Grant Fund
  3. Carers’ Grant Fund
  4. Grant decision timescales
  5. Awarding grants locally
  6. Need support?

Who can apply for a grant?

We’re here for all people affected by MS, so our grant programme is equally available to people with MS and their carers; and to both members and non-members.

Our grants eligibility criteria

Our national grants programme considers applications from anyone who meets our eligibility criteria:

  • They must have MS or be a carer for someone with MS
  • They must live in the UK
  • They must have less than £16,000 in accessible savings (if they have over £8000 they will be expected to make a contribution)
  • There is no statutory or other funding available to help them meet their need
  • They have not received a grant from us in the last 12 months

Our Health and Wellbeing Grant Fund

Our Health and Wellbeing Grant Fund supports people with MS. It can help pay for mobility aids and home adaptations (where statutory funding is unavailable), holidays and respite, complementary therapies, and other things an applicant feels will make a positive and lasting impact on their life.

  1. Download a Health and Wellbeing Grant application form
  2. Read our application form guidance notes
  3. See our grant categories and maximum grant amounts

Carers’ Grant Fund

Our Carers’ Grant Fund considers applications from carers of all ages for a broad range of items and activities. This fund values the important role played by families and carers in the lives of people with MS.

  1. Download a Carers’ Grant Fund application form

Grant decision timescales

Requests for grants for amounts less than £500 are considered small grants. We aim to give the outcome of small grant applications within three weeks of receiving a completed application.

Request for grants for amounts over £500 must be reviewed by our National Grants Panel. This panel aims to meet every two months. Applicants will be informed of the outcome within one working week of the panel meeting.

  1. See our National Grants Panel meeting dates and application deadlines

Awarding grants locally

Although not a requirement for MS Society groups, we know that having access to a locally administered grants programme can have a positive impact on people affected by MS.

Where you have the capacity to deliver a local grants programme, we will offer support and guidance to help your group to do so.

  1. See Group Handbook A2: Requirements, support, tool and resourcesfor our optional additional services your group could offer

Support to complete grant application forms

People may ask for help to fill in MS Society grant application forms. Only Lead Support Volunteers and Support Volunteers who have completed Support Volunteer Training can offer this level of support.

  1. Find out more about Offering MS Support

Our Supporter Care Team is available to help grant applicants in areas where we don’t offer a local MS Support service.

  1. Get contact details for our Supporter Care Team

Need support?

Health and Wellbeing Fund for MS Society groups

The presentation at the top of this page explains how our Health and Wellbeing Fund works. We recommend you view this in full screen and in Google Chrome. Please read our instructions on how to use this presentation.

Grants Team

Our national grants programme is administered by our Grants Team. Contact us if you have any questions or would like an application form sent by post.

  1. Get contact details for our Grants Team

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