Started in 1996, Hertfordshire Children's Fund has been providing practical support to disadvantaged children aged 0-18 (aged 0-25 for children with disabilities) and their families in Hertfordshire by providing grants for household essentials such as washing machines, cookers and children’s beds to ensure they can keep their children healthy, safe and clean.
Whilst grants can be made up to £500, this fund is reserved for household essentials - such as children's beds and bedding, baby equipment and essential white goods - and therefore, the panel reserve the right to suggest alternative items to those requested. This is to ensure the longevity of the fund and enable us to continue supporting as many families as we can. Please do check the criteria below for items we will and will not fund before you make an application.
Applications must come from a worker or trained volunteer who is part of an organisation that is supporting the family or young person and is capable of assessing their needs. We cannot accept applications from individuals.
If the application is successful, the payment will be made to the organisation so they must be able and prepared to administer and supervise the grant on our behalf.
For example, applications are welcomed from those working for:
- Hertfordshire County Council Social Services
- Children’s Centres
- Housing associations
- Charitable and voluntary groups e.g. debt advice agencies, family support etc
Decisions are made on a rolling basis, and we try to respond with a decision within a month.
Please note, for security reasons we no longer accept paper applications.
Please ensure you have read the full guidance notes above before making an application.
Support the Fund
The Fund has built up a small endowment which allows us to make grants each year. However, it still relies heavily on donations from individuals, companies, and other supporters to meet the current demand for grants, which was around £134,000 in the last financial year. If you, or anyone you know, would be interested in supporting the Fund by making a donation or fundraising on our behalf, we’d love to hear from you!