Charity Number 1187246

​HNT's Grant application deadline for the current year has now closed.

 There will be future opportunities to apply for HNT Grants.

Notice of grant availability and application forms will be posted here during December 2022 

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 2021

 The very difficult times we have found ourselves in over the past 19 months has had a huge   impact on our fund raising. For this reason, HNT has taken the decision, despite some very good   support during the latter part of 2021, not to make general grant applications available for 2021.   This will allow monies held at year end to be rolled over into 2022 for future grant use.

 However, HNT has been diversifying throughout the entire Pandemic and supporting not only   many families with additional needs young people, but also other small local charities and schools   that have also been hit hard that would normally also been supporting those with SEND.

 The support has both been through donations, such as children's Christmas gift bags for a local primary school, donation of goods, such as the handing over of the sports racing wheelchair Rachel used for her physical challenge in 2018, to a para-athlete in Poole Athletics Club, and donation of home goods to enable families with additional needs young people to move into more appropriate social housing. The latter has often meant sourcing literally everything required to set up a home, including carpets, storing the goods to quarantine them, and then delivering goods in a safe and responsible way.

 All the above will continue to happen, as well as fundraising when any restrictions are lifted as   HNT plans to grow and develop according to the needs of the community at any one time.

​(15/12/2021) [Edited 20/02/2022]

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

 Yeovil Opportunity Group £6,850 

 Taunton Opportunity Group £7,850. 

 Dorchester Opportunity Group £5,300.

 Blandford Opportunity Group £5,300 

​ 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.



 Yeovil, Taunton, Dorchester and Blandford Opportunity Groups received £2,500 each.



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

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

Hidden Needs Trust Charitable Grants

​              HNT Charitable Grant Terms and Conditions

(1) ​Grant applications are welcomed from individuals, groups and

      charities in Dorset and Somerset;Applications must received by

      the closing date advised on the form. Each application will be

      considered on their individual merits by the HNT trustees. 

(2) Additional information may be request by the HNT trustees.

(3) All funds granted must be to the benefit of those affected by

     Special Educational Needs; aged 25 years and below.

(4) Proof of how funds are spent will be required by the HNT trustees.

(5) Grant applications received after the closing date may be

      considered during the following year.

(6) HNT Trustees decision will be final. Applicants will be notified of

      their applications.