MND Scotland operates a small grants scheme open to those affected by Motor Neurone Disease. The scheme is operated by members of our board of directors who consider each application on a case by case basis.
Who is eligible for a Small Grant?
Anyone who has been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease and is currently resident within Scotland can apply for a Small Grant.
Can those who have MND apply directly for a Small Grant?
No. Grant applications must be completed by an appropriate health or social care professional as well as the member of the MND Scotland Care Team who is responsible for the person with MND.
Who is regarded as an appropriate health or social care professional? For the purposes of the grant, an appropriate health or social care professional will be someone who is directly involved with the care of the person with MND and who has a knowledge of the area for which the grant is being requested. Examples of those who could apply would be; social worker, district nurse, health visitor, OT, GP etc.
How much can be applied for?
The maximum grant that will be awarded is £600.
Will the person with MND have to supply details of their income and savings?
No. MND Scotland Small Grants are not means tested in any way.
What is the procedure for applying for a Small Grant?
Applications are made on behalf of the person with MND by an appropriate health or social care professional in conjunction with the member of the MND Scotland Care Team. Application forms are available from MND Scotland head office in Glasgow.
Once the application form is completed and signed by both the health or social care professional and the member of the MND Scotland Care Team, it should be sent to MND Scotland head office in Glasgow where it will then be reviewed by the Small Grants Committee along with other grant applications received that month. The Committee will notify the health or social care professional, MND Scotland Care Team and the person with MND of its’ decision.
What can grants be awarded for?
MND Scotland will give grants for a very wide range of purposes with the underlying proviso that the purpose must be directly due to a loss or cost specifically incurred through living with MND.
What can grants not be awarded for?
MND Scotland will not fund grants that are of a recurring cost nature or for services that should be provided by the statutory services e.g. on-going nursing care.
Can more than one application be made in a year?
Yes. However, the maximum amount which will be awarded to any one person is £600. This amount can be requested by applying for a one off grant or over several applications in one financial year.
Will cheques be sent to the person with MND?
Cheques will be sent to either the person with MND or to the supplier of the service or product that the grant is for, whichever is the most appropriate to the situation at that time.
Grants are rarely awarded to the following
No retrospective applications can be accepted, unless in exceptional circumstances. Such applications must be accompanied by a supporting letter/report from the Clinical Specialist.
No application will be granted unless the application form is completed to its fullest extent by the appropriate individuals, care and welfare professionals.
It is required, and should be declared on the front of the application form, that all other possible sources of funding have been exhausted.
Applications will not normally be considered for:
- Funeral and Memorial Expenses
- Nursing care
- Respite care
- Birthday or Christmas Presents
Receipts will be required to be sent to MND Scotland as proof that the grant was used for the purposes for which the application was made.
There is only a limited amount of money available for distribution through this scheme and applications will be treated on a prioritised need basis.
Download the information on this page:
- Small Grants leaflet [139kb PDF]