Benefits, Funding and Grants

It often costs more on average to raise a disabled child because of additional items, such as equipment or clothing. You and your family could be entitled to extra financial help through welfare benefits. To find out what extra financial support you could be entitled to visit the Government's benefits adviser or Turn2us. You can also contact City of York Council's Benefits Advisers.


Local Welfare Assistance Schemes

Local welfare and assistance schemes are designed to help people who are in urgent need following an emergency or unforeseen event. They have replaced community care grants and crisis loans for living expenses in April 2013. The scheme is intended for people who have no other source of help. York's Financial Assistance Scheme (YFAS) provide a one support package solution for residents in financial difficulty.  


Disability Grants

The Disability Grants website brings together a number of grants for disabled people. You can search nationally or in your local area.

Turn2Us is a grant finder service where you input details about your individual circumstances and the grant finder will search for grants you may be eligible to receive. 


Help In Hand

Help in Hand are part of the Welfare Benefits Unit, they can offer advice and support on Disability Living Allowance. 

For further information contact:

T: 01904 646058



Other Support Services 

Contact a Family have a helpline for parents of children and young people with SEN. They also have a benefits checklist for parents and a guide to claiming Disability Living Allowance for children. You can call them on 0808 808 3555 or email


Connect to Support York is Yorkshire and Humber's very own shop4suport website for people needing social care which you can use if the council fund your support or if you pay it yourself.


DAF (Disability Access Fund) guidance is available for 3 and 4 year old children who are eligible for DLA (Disability Living Allowance) to increase their inclusion at their early years provision.


Family Fund are the largest provider of grants to low-income families raising disabled and seriously ill children and young people.

T: 01904 550055


Mencap- Mencap provide advice and support regarding benefits available

T: 0808 808 1111
E: Contact us | Mencap


Local Area Teams Information Service (formerly York FIS) hold a directory of organisations and support services. You can use the search facility at the bottom of this page. If you can't find what you are after then please get in touch and we will try and help you further.