Ecas’ grants fund provides support to physically disabled people in Edinburgh and Lothian. We give out grants to meet the costs of items or services which you can’t access through welfare benefits and other sources. Our grants are open to adults and children living with a physical disability, and we have recently worked to support grants for retrofitted power-packs to manual wheelchairs when sponsored by an occupational therapist.
In the past we have supported people to buy furniture, white goods, electronics, pay for a holiday, meet student fees and more. We understand that there’s some things that money can buy which can make a big difference to quality of life, so feel free to get in touch if we can help.
How much we award
- Standard grants of up to £750 (successful applicants must wait for at least two years before reapplying).
- Mid-level grants of up to £1,000 (successful applicants must wait for at least three years before reapplying).
- Higher grants of up to £1,500 (successful applicants must wait for at least four years before reapplying).
- The maximum holiday grant awarded is £1,500.
- We also consider grants above £1,500; please contact our grants administrator for more information.
What grants are for
Grants can be for anything not covered by statutory sources (government, council, NHS). There are some other things that we don’t give money for. The application form explains what these are.
How long it takes to get a grant
We process applications when we receive them. We aim to let people know what we’ve decided within about eight weeks.
Contact us for more information about the Ecas Covid relief grant fund and how to apply.
Thanks to the Ecas grant we were able to source and pay for VR (virtual reality) equipment for my son Keir to use daily at home. After first using the headset at the Sick Kids Friends Foundation it was amazing to see how it helped him to get exercise. By exercising while seated, the severe pain that his condition creates is greatly eased. It has been a fantastic resource and helped him so much. We are so thankful and every single day we are seeing the results.
The Wallace family
Thank you Ecas for supporting us to go on a holiday. The cottage has been great – wheelchair accessible with amazing views around.
The Dukan family
Eilidh loves her trike. Being out and about together with the rest of the family on theirs has made a huge difference and is fantastic exercise for her.
The Anderson family