Bader Grants

The DOUGLAS BADER GRANT SCHEME provides practical support for the pursuance of achievements by those with disabilities.

This initiative has assisted and will continue to assist countless disabled individuals and groups throughout the UK to achieve a variety of goals in diverse areas ranging from education, the arts, sport and recreation to small businesses. Please note that we do not support applications for living aids.

We will look at all applications and, depending on the nature of the request, the scheme may help towards or provide the equipment, training, services, further education or other practical support required by the successful applicant.

Martine Wright DBF Ambassador

I don’t think you can overestimate what sport can give you.
I have come a long way mentally, physically and with my skills. It always feels quite surreal to be classed as an elite athlete.

DBF Ambassador, MARTINE WRIGHT, OBE, Paralympian

The Foundation through their BADER GRANT scheme gives disabled the opportunity to try Paralympic sports through their support of the Junior Amputee games, Junior Disabled Golf and many other individual GRANTS in other areas of Challenge, Art and Education


The Lady Bader Grant scheme has been set up in the name of Joan Bader who died in December 2015. These grants will be allocated to applicants whose goals reflect Lady Bader’s own interests. Special Awards will also be granted on occasion to support individual applications. 

Douglas Bader signing

Don’t listen to anyone who tells you that you can’t do this or that. That’s nonsense. Make up your mind, you’ll never use crutches or a stick, then have a go at everything. Go to school, join in all the games you can. Go anywhere you want to. But never, never let them persuade you that things are too difficult or impossible.

Sir Douglas Bader

SIR DOUGLAS BADER’S main message to the amputees and other disabled he visited was always about what you can achieve and not what you can’t. The DOUGLAS BADER FOUNDATION was built on and still adheres to this message of inspiration and the BADER GRANT initiative aims to assist successful applicants on that fundamental premise.


Help us to help others by donating to our Bader Grant scheme using the link below:


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