The fund is available to anyone who has acquired a spinal cord injury within the past five years. You can apply for any equipment or activities to help you stay active, get active, or help you achieve your sporting potential. The funding has been made available through the Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights, in association with National Tyre Distributors Association.
Most grants made will be in the range of £100 to £1,000. Examples of grants made in previous rounds include contributions to purchasing your own sports wheelchair, shooting equipment (rifles, pistols etc.) and archery equipment. Other grants have included contributions to tennis lessons, travel expenses to help you get to training sessions or competitions, and competition entry fees.
Applicants applying for part-funding should remember that funds will only be paid when the full balance is raised. Please bear in mind your other funding sources and your ability to raise the total amount before making an application.
Our preference is to help individuals in the final stages of meeting their funding target, or to make grants to purchase an item or activity outright.
Individuals applying must have acquired a spinal cord injury within the past five years. Applicants must provide contact details of a referee. Referees are usually physiotherapists, occupational therapists, WheelPower Physical Activity Advisors or another professional related to the activity you are interested in. You must be a UK resident. To make an application, please read the guidance notes downloadable from this page, then complete the application form and send it to the email address given on the form.
Applications have closed for the 2023 scheme. We will let applicants know if they were successful soon.
Find funding for a Sports Wheelchair
Here is a list of charities that can provide support with purchasing a sports wheelchair and equipment. If you don’t find what you are looking for then Active Partnerships are located in every county and can direct you to local funding.
Please see below a list of charities that can provide support with purchasing a sports wheelchair and equipment:
Get Kids Going
Children up to 26 years
Children under 18 years
Children under 21 years
Children up to the age of 25
Children under 18 years
Children up to and including 18 years
Make Way Foundation
Children aged 17 and under
Children and young people up to 21 years
Supporting people with a spinal cord injury
Tishie Yong Foundation
Funding considered in the East & West Midlands, South & West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Oxfordshire, and Gloucestershire.
True Colours Trust
Applications from organisations only
Barchester’s Charitable Foundation
Freecycle children’s equipment
Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity
Children and young people under 25 years
Cash for Kids
Dickie Bird Foundation
Children under 16 years
Steve Morgan Foundation
For organisations only
Muscular Dystrophy UK
People with muscular dystrophy or related condition
Children and young adults aged 28 years and under
Children’s Hope Foundation
Boparan Charitable Trust
Must be aged 18 years old or under
Southern Spinal Injuries Trust
South and South West of England only
For tetras with a sports related spinal cord injury