Who can apply?

  • Any autistic individual living in Norfolk.  Where the person requiring the grant is unable to complete the form themselves, the form can be completed by someone else on their behalf then signed by the person requiring the grant.
  • A parent or carer of a child or person with autism living in Norfolk.  

How much can be applied for?

Any amount up to £500

How many times can you apply?

You can only apply once a year.  The Norfolk Trust Fund will not consider any application that is made to the Trust Fund within 12 months from the date of the last grant made or from the date of advising you that your application has been unsuccessful. 

How many times can you receive a grant? 

We will only make one grant payment to you in any one year.

What sort of things we will consider giving a grant for:

  • Essential household items such as a washing machine, cooker, microwave, fridge, bed, tumble dryer or a contribution towards the purchase.   
  • Garden fencing or a contribution towards the purchase, where this is not the responsibility of a landlord or social housing organisation and the safety of a child with ASC is at risk.
  • Days out / holidays or a contribution towards, where the family is not entitled to receive direct payments or respite through Social Care services.   

Please provide as much information as possible as to the difference this grant will make to your or your family.

 What things won’t be considered?

  • Items or services that should be provided by statutory agencies e.g. Access adaptations, specialist equipment for use in schools e.g. laptops, tablets and communication aids where the person with autism does not have verbal communication / limited communication / requires alternative communication methods to augment speech & language or it has been advised by a professional that the use of alternative communication methods are used. 
  • Support / aids / assistive technology etc. detailed in an Education, Health & Care Plan (EH&C Plan) or recommended by school or other professional for use in school.
  • Where a property is rented we will not consider giving a grant for items that should be provided by your landlord or social housing organisation.  
  • Respite provision
  • Retrospective funding for item(s) already purchased before this application has been made.

What happens once I have sent in my application?

  • Your application will be considered in the first instance and an acknowledgement sent by email or letter. If further details or clarification of information on your application is required to help us when considering your application, someone will contact you either by email, telephone or letter.
  • Applications received will be considered quarterly during November, February, May & August.  All applications need to be received by 15th October, January, April or July to be considered at the relevant next meeting. Applications received after these dates will not be considered until the following quarter’s meeting. 
  • We will then email or send you a letter to let you know the decision. If your application has been successful we will arrange for a cheque or Bank Transfer to be sent to you as soon as possible, for you to make your purchase. 

The Norfolk Trust Fund has very limited funds and we may not be able to grant money to all applicants. 

Additionally, we may not be able to grant the full amount requested on your application form and if this is the case we will contact you to discuss before issuing a cheque, as we would first need to be assured that you can source the balance to make your purchase within an agreed timescale.  

If your application is successful items will need to be purchased within one month of the date of issue of the cheque. We advise that you do not purchase the items you are requesting this grant for, until you have received the cheque from us if your application is successful.

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