Charity Number 1187246

From 2020 HNT expanded it's financial support to those in Dorset and Somerset. Families/Carers with children or young people with Special Educational Needs up to 25 years old, young adults living independently/semi-independently with Learning Difficulties up to the age of 25, and the Specialist Education Providers that support those with Additional Needs in the two counties can all apply for funding.  

HNT Grant Applications 2024

​ It gives HNT great pleasure to announce that we can offer limited charitable grants to those   that meets it’s criteria.
 Applications for grants will be excepted via a completed application form,  T&C’s apply as seen   on this page and the application form.
 Grant applications must be received by Thursday 29th February 2024.                     
 HNT will continue support in any way it can, as HNT’s plans grow and develop according to the   needs of the community at any one time.
 (January 2024)

 ​Pre charity status HNT has been able to provide funding totalling £25,300 with the   support of Somerset Community Foundation, to the following recipients:

 Yeovil Opportunity Group, Taunton Opportunity Group, Dorchester Opportunity   Group, Blandford Opportunity Group. 

​ Plus in 2015 a £17,000 cut in funding for Dorchester Opportunity Group was   overturned by HNT's intervention; without this they may have faced closure.



 HNT shared £10,000 of Charitable Grants between Yeovil, Taunton, Dorchester and Blandford Opportunity Groups received.



 £9,000 in HNT Charitable Grants was donated this year. The beneficiaries being

 Yeovil, Taunton, Dorchester and Blandford Opportunity Groups and two SEN families.



 Due to the Covid situation at the time HNT Charitable Grants were not available.   However, HNT was able to gain £3,500 funding via Dorset Masonic Care to support a   dedicated Trauma Counsellor at Sherborne Primary School.



 The ongoing Covid situation again prevented HNT Charitable Grants being available.     But, HNT was pleased to be able to give financial support for a dedicated Trauma   Counsellor for Sherborne Primary School.


​ 2024:

​ HNT was pleased to award £8,185 in Charitable Grants, the beneficiaries being:

 Taunton and Dorchester Opportunity Groups, Yewstock School - Sturminster Newton,

 The Gryphon - Sherborne, The POD - Sherborne and four families.

Hidden Needs Trust Charitable Grants


                             HNT Charitable Grant Terms and Conditions​​

​    Terms and Conditions:

  •  Grant applications are welcomed from individuals, groups and charities in Dorset and Somerset, each will be considered on their individual merits by the HNT trustees. 
  •  Additional information may be request by the HNT trustees.
  •  All funds granted must be to the benefit of those affected by Special Educational   Needs; aged 25 years and below.
  •  Proof of how funds are spent will be required by the HNT trustees.
  •  Payment direct to a supplier for goods or services may be made subject to sight   of invoices if HNT so desires.
  •  Grants will be paid by bank transfer. In no circumstances will they be paid in cash.
  •  HNT Trustees decision will be final. Successful applicants will be notified of their   application outcome by March 31st 2024.


News of HNT Charitable Grants 2025

will be released towards the end of 2024