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Financial Grants

The financial impact of meningitis is often hugely significant and we know that unexpected financial pressures can be a massive additional burden to many individuals and families. 

A Financial Support Grant from Meningitis Now can help pay for things such as specialist equipment, therapy, travel and accommodation costs for hospital visits, training, funeral expenses and headstones.

We are the only meningitis charity in the UK to give financial support in this way. Every year we provide over £250,000 pounds to directly pay for items and support which help families deal with the impact of meningitis and help them begin to move on with their lives.

Grants factsheet

Pearl and Cliff Davey’s son, Gregory, had meningitis when he was two weeks old in 1990:

“Meningitis left Gregory totally dependent on others for all his needs. Thanks to the [Meningitis Now's] financial support grant service, we are lucky to have respite care to help us in the summer.”

How can I apply for a grant?

Grant applications will require a third party representative and written confirmation of diagnosis. Full details are included in the application pack.

Download an application pack using the button below:

Grants form

Please read the guidelines before you fill in your application.

Alternatively call our free nurse-led helpline on 0808 80 10 388 (UK) between 9am and 12 midnight and our Financial Grants Officer will talk you through the process and provide guidance on making an application. 

If you are not sure whether you are eligible to apply for a grant, please contact our helpline before making an application.

Our financial support grants panel meets each month to consider and approve applications. All applicants are informed immediately of the decision. We aim to award all eligible applications and will give support in making a suitable application.

Who else can help with benefits or grants?

Our benefits factsheet contains information about statutory benefits and other sources of help, which may be available, for those who have been left with a disability.

Benefits factsheet

Click on the panel below to read our financial grants guidelines or call the team on the number above if you  have any further questions.


Meningitis Now is the new name for Meningitis UK and the Meningitis Trust. Our goals remain the same – saving lives and rebuilding futures.

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