Who we are

Brought here by movie moguls from the USA and inaugurated in the UK in 1949 (as The Variety Club of Great Britain), Variety was one of the UK’s first charities to be founded especially for children and young people.

Our Aim

We believe that all children should have an equal opportunity to reach their potential, regardless of their circumstances.

All our programmes are designed to help less fortunate children to achieve precisely that.

Whom we help and how

We improve those young lives by providing practical help (such as Sunshine Coaches, wheelchairs and specialist equipment) and memorable childhood experiences.

Our practical help makes an immediate difference. It means that children have fewer bad days and more great days. With independence, freedom and dignity they are able to make the most of their childhood.

We play a key role in building the self esteem of children who are disadvantaged and in making them the people who they become.

Equipment Grants

We really do understand the emotional and financial strain it imposes on parents and carers.

Who qualifies?

Grants are available to individuals as well as organisations.

What we fund?

We aim to provide whatever is needed:

  • It may be medical, such as monitoring equipment.
  • It may be basic care like feeding tubes or hoists.
  • It may be sensory play or mobility equipment for a nursery or playgroup.

Is there a limit?

In principle, no. Typically, a grant can be anywhere between £100 and £6,000. We do our best to handle each application sympathetically and we help whenever we can.

In the last three years we have made more than three hundred grants to individuals and organisations.

How to apply for a grant

Simply download and fill in the relevant application form below, following the guidelines.  If you would like further information before making your application then, contact Julie Thomas, our Grants Programme Manager on 0207 428 8120 or email grants@variety.org.uk

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