The British Polio Fellowship

Financial grants for disability-related equipment for people in need who have poliomyelitis (polio) and live in the UK. The Fellowship also gives annual heating grants to members on a low income who are too young to qualify for the Government’s Winter Fuel Payment. There is also a holiday grant that members can apply for.

Grants are available for a variety of disability-related equipment, such as:

  • disability aids,
  • heating grants,
  • powered wheelchairs,
  • adaptations at home,
  • car deposits and car adaptations
  • specialised clothing and footwear.

Last updated on 16 July 2019

Who is eligible?

Please note that only members of the British Polio Fellowship who need disability-related equipment are eligible. Visit the website to find out how to become a member:

Applicants should contact the NHS, Social Services or other Government funds before contacting The British Polio Fellowship to find out if the equipment is available through statutory funding. If you are assessed by them as not eligible, asked to wait an unreasonable period of time or asked to pay a contribution you cannot afford we may be able to help.

All members with Polio can apply to the fund for a grant towards a holiday once every two years. Grant applications are reviewed and allocated on a bi-monthly basis. Visit the website for more information:

How to apply?

Call the charity on 0800 043 1935 or email them at

Other information

The British Polio Fellowship also has a wide range of information leaflets and factsheets that can be sent to you upon request. We can provide information about:

  • Issues relating to living with Polio and PPS
  • Disability benefits and rights
  • Healthcare professionals with an interest in Polio/PPS
  • Polio vaccinations
  • Useful guides, publications, websites and other information resources
  • Other organisations that may be of use in particular situations

Contact details

The British Polio Fellowship, Unit 6, The Xchange
Wilmington Close
WD18 0FQ
Telephone: 0800 043 1935