Applications will only be accepted from, or on behalf of people with muscular dystrophy or a related condition. Please visit our conditions pages to see which conditions we cover.

Each application will be reviewed on merit and the amount awarded will depend on the number of applications and the annual budget. The following is a list of equipment the panel will consider funding but they are happy to look at new products not listed here that meet specific needs. Please get in touch if you wish to apply for something that is not included on this list.

Funding for some assistive technology items is also available as a pilot scheme, and you can apply for these items as well as for other equipment eg wheelchairs – read more about our assistive technology grants and see our Frequently Asked Questions.

Please be aware that equipment such as wheelchairs can be costly to repair and maintain so do consider these costs carefully when deciding to purchase an item of equipment. Please note that an award is provided on the basis that the equipment is the property and full responsibility of the individual / family.

The Joseph Patrick Trust does not take responsibility for the repair, up keep, liability (insurance) and disposal of such equipment. Adherence to this understanding will be required before funding is granted.

  • Powered wheelchairs
  • Scooters
  • Manual wheelchairs
  • Electric beds
  • Trikes
  • Computers
  • Vehicle adaptations
  • Riser chairs
  • Mobile arm supports
  • Therapy equipment (includes standing frames, exercise bikes)
  • Portable aids (includes portable hoists, folding ramps etc.)
  • Discretionary payments (relief of stress)
  • Assistive Technology items; see tariff below for a list

The table below will give you a guide as to how much you might be awarded by the Grants Panel.

In addition to standard JPT equipment, funding for some assistive technology (AT) items that aid communication is available as part of a new pilot scheme (you can apply for these AT items as well as for other equipment). Read more about the scheme, see our Frequently Asked Questions and refer to the table below for how much you could be awarded for these items.

Please note, all applications are considered individually and any award is subject to the discretion of the Panel and the available budget.

Electric Wheelchairs (Adults) Up to £2500

Electric Wheelchairs (Children – under 18) Up to £1500

Sports Wheelchairs Up to £1000

Electric Scooters (Adults) Up to £1000

Electric Scooters (Children – under 18) Up to £900

Manual Wheelchairs (Adults &Children) Up to £500

Manual Wheelchair Adaptations (Adults & Children) I.e. Seating, Joystick etc Up to £500

Electric Wheelchair Adaptations (Adults & Children) i.e. Seating, Joystick etc Up to £500

Powered Sports & Leisure Equipment i.e. Powered trikes, powered add-ons for manual wheelchair etc Up to £1000

Riser for new NHS fully funded electric wheelchair (Adults) Up to £2500

Riser for new NHS fully funded electric wheelchair (Children) Up to £1500

Electric Beds Up to £500

Manual Trikes Up to £300

Computers, including laptops and tablets Up to £100

Vehicle Adaptations Up to £400

Riser Chairs Up to £500

Mobile Arm Supports Up to £1500

Therapy Equipment Up to £200

Portable Aids Up to £200

Discretionary Payments (Relief of Stress) Up to £200

Funeral costs Up to £1000

Switch Interface Up to £300

AT Software (specialist communication software) Up to £300

Eye Gaze Add-on Up to £2000

Tablet (with built in specialist communication software) Up to £2000

All In One PC (with built-in assistive technology features) Up to £2000

* Additional funds may be available for further awards for these assistive technology items and additional accessory components that are essential for their function. Please apply for all assistive technology items that you need and applications will be considered on a case by case basis in line with the tariff and funding available.

Before placing an application online please read our Grant Guidelines. Please make sure we receive all supporting documentation by the application submission deadline date ( approximately two weeks before the meeting) otherwise your application will not be considered. It is your responsibility to ensure all the paperwork reaches us before the meeting deadline. Apply online now.

We are accepting applications for part-funding towards equipment for both children and adults. It is your responsibility to ensure all the paperwork reaches us before the meeting deadline.
Download the JPT Application Form
For assistance, use the JPT Grant Guidelines.

If you have any questions about the form that are not answered above, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to help. You can contact the JPT Team Monday-Friday 9am-5pm on 02078034811 or 02078034845 or via email on

Every application should be supported by a quote for the equipment and an assessment carried out by a qualified professional. This assessment should confirm that the piece of equipment is the most suitable for your needs. The assessment could be carried out by a range of professionals if appropriately qualified, for example – a physiotherapist, occupational therapist, specialist dealer, Muscular Dystrophy UK regional care advisor, social worker or nurse.

The assessment must be on headed paper and needs to detail the following:

  1. Needs of the individual
  2. Needs for this specific model / equipment specification
  3. Health and safety – the ability of the person to use the equipment safely (e.g. if a wheelchair – road safety awareness, visual perception)
  4. Reason the equipment cannot be provided by a statutory authority
  5. Contribution (if any) being made towards the cost by a statutory authority (e.g. voucher)
  6. Qualification / Occupation / Employer of professional with contact details (in case we need to get in touch)

If the assessment has been carried out by a specialist dealer, you will also need to provide a letter of support from another professional confirming the applicant’s name, address and the type of muscular dystrophy. This letter can be written by a physiotherapist, occupational therapist, Muscular Dystrophy UK regional care advisor, GP, social worker, nurse, teacher/school support worker or other professional who knows the applicant.

Applications not supported by these documents will not be considered.

We will let you know within 10 days of our meeting, in writing, whether you have received an award from us and how much the award is for. The award will stay open for 18 months, at which time we will get in touch with you to find out if you still need the funds. If at any time you decide you do not need the funds, we would appreciate it if you could let us know.

Once you have raised all the funds for your equipment, please place an order and ask the supplier to invoice us for your award. We will contact you following receipt of the invoice to confirm the order has been placed and a delivery date has been set. Until we receive this confirmation, we will be unable to pay the supplier. The award will remain open for a period of 18 months from the date of this letter. The award will be automatically reverted unless we hear from you and in the event of this, you will be advised to reapply.

If you have been awarded a grant towards a computer, please place an order and ask the supplier to invoice us for your award. If the supplier is unable to invoice us we would ask that you pay for the computer yourself and send us a copy of the receipt, at which point we will send you a cheque to the value of the award. Alternatively, please send the balance of the funds to the Joseph Patrick Trust along with details of the computer you wish to purchase and delivery details and we will order the computer on your behalf. If you wish to discuss this with us please get in touch by contacting the JPT Team.

Please give our contact details to the supplier in case there are any queries or they need confirmation of the award. Find out how to contact the JPT Team.

The Joseph Patrick Trust does not, in most cases, provide the full cost of equipment. Muscular Dystrophy UK has compiled a fact sheet – Raising funds for people with muscle-wasting conditions. This lists other charities and trusts that may be able to help you to help you fundraise.

Before deciding to raise funds it is best to check what statutory services, like social services, have a duty to provide, and in what circumstances they can provide funds. Charitable funds should only be used for equipment which statutory services cannot provide.

If you are raising money for a wheelchair, please be aware that there are many different makes of wheelchair available. Do your research carefully, as some of the less well-known brands have the same functionality but are considerably cheaper than some of the better-known brands.

  • grants outside the United Kingdom
  • holidays, household adaptations or building works, or domestic appliances
  • equipment which has already been ordered or purchased
  • recurring costs, such as wheelchair repairs, insurance, batteries, tyres etc
  • purchase or lease of vehicles; vehicle deposits, maintenance or repair of vehicles.

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