Frequently Asked Questions

The Trustees consider all applications, and this list is not exhaustive.

Grants can only be made available to individuals or families, we cannot award funding to organisations, groups or other charities. There are no age restrictions.

A grant application can be made either by an individual, supported by a professional endorsement, or by a professional.

As we receive many more applications than we can fund, and have to prioritise our grants towards those most in need, where the Trustees consider that the applicant could provide the money from their own resources, we regret that the application will not be considered.


You can apply at any time. The Trustees meet four times a year but procedures exist to give approvals between meeting dates if necessary.

The meetings are held in March, June, September and December.

Grants are awarded on a case by case basis, usually when funding cannot be accessed through the statutory sector or other bodies. The Trustees review each application individually and may approve all or some of the amount requested. Occasionally the Trustees will contact you to request further information. You will be informed of the outcome as soon as possible after their meeting.

We would like you to apply on the application form on this site.

We will consider applications for:

  • Wheelchairs and other mobility aids
  • Specialised seating and car seats
  • Sensory toys and equipment
  • Technology to assist independent living
  • Help towards short term respite breaks or family holidays
  • Modifications to homes, where a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) has already been awarded

This list is not exhaustive, and all applications will be considered.

  • Building work (unless a Disabled Facilities Grant has been secured)
  • Equipment or work for which there is statutory funding available, although we will consider contributions towards shortfalls in funding
  • Retrospective funding (where goods have already been purchased or building work commenced)
  • Settlement of debt

The Trustees will not grant more than one application in any twelve month period.

Payments are made by cheque and cannot be made payable to individuals.  The payment can be routed via the supporting professional body, eg the County Council or Housing Association, or to the supplier of the items.

  • North Yorkshire County Council
  • The City of York
  • Durham County Council
  • Borough of Middlesbrough
  • Borough of Redcar & Cleveland
  • Borough of Darlington
  • Borough of Stockton on Tees
  • Borough of Hartlepool

Professional endorsement can be given by your GP, physiotherapist, social worker, support worker, housing officer, or CAB officer, or any other professional support worker.

No.  The Olive & Norman Field Charity is a separate organisation, registered with the Charity Commission - registration number 208760-2.

Contact Us

Olive & Norman

Field Charity
West End House
Chapman's Court
Catterick, Richmond
North Yorkshire
DL10 7UE