People with impairments of the musculo-skeletal, neurological or
cardio-respiratory system living in Edinburgh and the Lothian area may
be eligible for a grant.
People who are long-term and significantly disabled through impairment of the musculo-skeletal, neurological or cardio-respiratory systems of the body.
Unfortunately, people with the following conditions do not fall within the fund's eligibility criteria: psychiatric disorders, learning difficulties, behavioural disorders, developmental delay, Down’s syndrome, autism, visual or hearing impairment, cancer, diabetes, epilepsy, HIV, back pain and chronic fatigue syndrome.
There are no grants available for: bills, debts, wheelchairs or scooters. Funding is not given to pay for items which have already been bought.
The fund regret that the following conditions on their own do not meet the criteria for participation in Ecas activities: psychiatric disorders, learning difficulties, behavioural disorders, developmental delay, Down's syndrome, autism, visual or hearing impairment, cancer, diabetes, epilepsy, HIV and back pain.
Type of grants
One-off grants of up to £500 for special equipment, white goods, special furniture, household equipment and so on. The fund also awards grants towards holidays and may contribute towards the cost of an accompanying carer or partner.
Applications requesting computer equipment will be asked to contact Ecas for assessment.
On a form available from the correspondent or to download from the website. Applications must be supported by a social worker or health care professional. A short GP report is also required unless the applicant can provide a recent DLA (Care or Mobility) or Attendance Allowance award letter. Applications can be made at any time but individuals should allow around 4 weeks (12 weeks for holiday applications) for the administration of any grant.
Any application for funds for maintenance or repair for battery-packs, power-chairs or scooters must be accompanied by evidence of third party insurance.
Grant provided by: The ECAS (Access/Holiday) Fund
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Edinburgh EH7 5QY
Telephone: 0131 475 2344
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