Grant to make ‘Life More Ordinary’ for disabled young people opens

The East Sussex charity SPARK recently launched the new ‘Life More Ordinary’ grant scheme, funded by the ESCC Short Breaks for Children & Young People with Disabilities Service, which will provide support for organisations to include disabled young people in their activities.

The grants provide support for organisations to help young disabled people aged 8–19 make new friends, enjoy social and leisure-time activities, take part in new experiences and lead a ‘life more ordinary’.

Applications are invited until the closing date of 4pm on 4 July 2016  and organisations can apply for any amount from £300 up to £4,500 by clicking here to download the application form with guidelines.

SPARK, the operating name for East Sussex Council for Voluntary Youth Services, have highlighted that the scheme can only fund projects that specifically benefit children and young people in East Sussex and applications are welcome from an voluntary, community or statutory organisation in the county.

The types of organisations who can apply are;

  • Organisations wishing to include young people aged 8–19, who are disabled (see what we mean by ‘disabled’ below) in their activities. There must be at least two young people with disabilities who will benefit from the project described in this application.
  • Non-specialist organisations that want to include young people in their activities and can provide evidence that there is a demand for this.
  • Specialist organisations that want to support young people to make friends with their non-disabled peers and help them to be involved in wider activities.
  • Organisations must be constituted groups with appropriate public liability insurance and safeguarding policies in place. Please contact SPARK for more information if you need help and advice with this. See website: 

The new funding is designed to give young disabled people the opportunity to spend time away from their main carer and the panel that will be considering all the applications will include young people who are disabled.

For any additional information or questions about any aspect of the application process please email Lisa Coupal at or call 07921 485813. Please note however that SPARK cannot except grant applications by email.