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The Tavistock Trust For Aphasia

Small Grants


Since the Small Grants scheme was launched in 2005 the Trust has donated over £130,000 to individuals, groups and carers in the UK. The purpose of these grants is to improve the quality of life for those with aphasia and their carers.

The Trust makes up to £1,000 available for small grants each month. Applications are invited from people with aphasia, carers or groups living in the UK. No application is considered too small and the Trust hopes to be able to give as many grants each month as possible. Each person or group can apply up to a maximum of £1,000 per year.

What people say…

"Thank you for helping my wife get this program much appreciated." AN July 18

"I am finding the Dragon Naturally Speaking software very helpful and really appreciate you funding it for me." MO

"StepbyStep is really helping and good to do everyday. Thank you very much." CW

"BD visibly enjoys using the software to improve his skills and to keep him busy. His wife advises he likes to practice 2-3 times a week. She reports it has made a huge difference in his life as it is giving him something to do and gives him a purpose. He sometimes uses it when visitors come to the house and it "all gets a bit much"."

"I wanted to write to express thanks for funding the aphasia therapy software for JA, …. we can already see the effect upon her communication and confidence. Thank you so much."

GD, Speech and Language Therapist

"The [grant] has made a real difference to the input we are able to offer those [with aphasia] who pass through our unit, thank you once again."

DG, Speech and Language Therapist

"I just wanted to say a huge thank you for all your help in getting React2 for MA……………… and wanted to let you know what a huge difference it is making to M’s life. …. now 'has something to do' ….. and has a 'sense of purpose'. What more could we ask for?! I feel so happy .. and am very grateful for your support."

HW, Speech & Language Therapist

"The small grant allowed us to quickly progress an idea raised by a relative. The grant application process and reporting back to the Trustees during the year was also beneficial in making the most of the project. The grant has allowed us to demonstrate that the Aphasia Partners group is valued by the partners of people with aphasia and our Trust is now willing to make the resources available for this to be an established part of our aphasia pathway."

The image below shows the diversity of the grants.

The Tavistock Trust For Aphasia

Other: is deliberately 'non' specific to allow people to think creatively and to ask for the non-obvious. The key thing is that any grant application must have improving the quality of life for those with aphasia at its heart.

Of the many things we fund, aphasia software therapy programmes are most frequently requested. Before applying please take a look at the Aphasia Software Finder website.

This website provides useful information, on one website, about aphasia therapy computer programmes and apps that are designed to help improve communication for people with aphasia. We hope this website will help all concerned make informed choices. If you or a friend has aphasia, we strongly recommend that you seek advice from a speech and language therapist with regard to which piece of software or app is the best one for the person concerned.

How to apply

  • You can download an Application Form or request one by letter, email or telephone.
  • Applications can be for any amount, up to a maximum of £1,000.
  • All applications must be accompanied by a supporting reference from a professional who is involved with either care for the person applying, or the group's work.
  • Applications are reviewed at the end of each month and you will be notified about the outcome of your application shortly thereafter.
  • Please return your application form to the Tavistock Trust for Aphasia, see full contact details below.

Contribution & Gift Aid

  • We ask applicants to make a contribution towards their small grant if they possibly can, big or small.
  • If your application is successful, please download the Gift Aid form and send it in with your contribution.
  • If you Gift Aid your contribution it increases its value by 25p for every £1 donated.
  • As a direct result of people's generosity, we have been able to fund more small grants.

We wish to thank all who have contributed. Your donations have made a significant difference and because of you, we have been able to help more people. Thank you

What we do not fund:

  • travel and transport
  • loans
  • debts
  • ongoing speech and language therapy

and only under exceptional circumstances will we fund:

  • computers, laptops, notebooks or tablets
  • recreational and leisure events


Please email or post your application to:

The Administrator

The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia

Bedford House

15 George Street



MK17 9PX


T: 01525 290 002


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