Eligibility

Grants are for £200 per eligible child. Funding for April 2018 to March 2019 opens at 10am on Monday 23rd April, you can only have one grant per financial year.

Your child must be a resident of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, aged 1-17 years and have a disability or severe healthcare need and cannot access leisure activities in the community without additional help or support. For example; they need constant supervision, 1:1 help or have a difficulty communicating.

This may include some children who are eligible for Portage, Early Help or those with an Education Health and Care (EHC) Plan or a statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN).

New applications

1. Evidence of child’s disability; this can be a diagnoses letter from a doctor or health care professional.
2. A recent utility bill, bank statement or council tax bill (issued in the last 3 months) confirming your address.
3. A supporting letter from a nursery professional, school, family support worker, social worker or health professional confirming that your child cannot access leisure activities without additional help or support.

The above evidence must be supplied within 28 days of your application. Failure to supply all of the evidence within the timescale provided may result in your application being rejected.

Previous applications
If you successfully applied for the Grant between April 2017 – Mar 2018, you will need to re-apply for the Grant each year, however your application will be pre-approved. You do not need to provide any evidence unless your child’s diagnoses or circumstances have changed.

Please note that the grant is intended as a contribution towards your family taking part in short breaks activities. It is not intended to replace or cover the cost of ongoing activities that you would normally do with your child or family.

Disclaimer: London Brough of Barking and Dagenham reserve the right to suspend or withdraw funding from any applicant who is deemed to no longer be eligible for the Grant, e.g. the child or young person no longer requires additional support or help to access leisure activities.