Bader Grants

Practical support for the pursuance of achievements by those with disabilities.

This initiative assists individuals and groups with disabilities alongside small businesses working with and supporting those individuals throughout the UK to achieve a variety of goals in diverse areas ranging from education, the arts, sport and recreation.

We 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.

All requests will be reviewed, with potentially successful applications being referred to the Grant Committee for consideration.

The inspiration behind the scheme

Douglas Bader signingSir Douglas Bader’s main message to the amputees and others with disabilities he visited was always about what you can achieve and not what you can’t. The DBF was built on and still adheres to this message of inspiration and the Bader Grant scheme aims to assist successful applicants on that fundamental premise.

Never let them persuade you that things are too difficult or impossible.


Lady Bader Grants

The Lady Bader Memorial Grant Scheme and Awards was set up in memory of Joan Bader who died in December 2015. These grants and awards will be allocated to applicants whose goals reflect Lady Bader’s own interests.

Featured Bader Grant Recipient

We have recently introduced a new item, Featured Bader Grant Recipient. We hope that this regular piece will enable people who may be hesitating about applying for a grant to see the diversity of applicants, be encouraged by the range of their achievements, and feel more confident about applying for a Bader Grant to help them follow their own dreams.


Grant recipients

Mari Durward-Akhurst is a Grade 1 Para Dressage Rider; she has cerebral palsy that affects all four limbs and has left her weaker down her left side. Her coordination, balance and muscle tone are also affected by her condition. She competes in Para Dressage at National and International level and her goal is to win a medal at the Tokyo Olympics this year.

Mari received a Lady Bader Grant, reflecting Lady Bader’s lifetime love of horses and riding, to allow her to have regular strength and conditioning sessions to help to develop the core strength necessary for an elite athlete. Mari says, “with the deterioration In my condition it is essential that I try to do as much physical exercise as I am able to so that I can continue with my sport and to give me a better quality of life“.

Horses are my legs and together we excel.

Mari Durward-Akhurst
Mari honoured us by becoming a Douglas Bader Foundation Ambassador in 2019.

Regular Bader Grant donations

Through the Bader Grant scheme the Foundation supports the Junior Amputee Games and other sporting opportunities, which in turn offers young people living with disabilities the opportunity to have a go at some of the Paralympic sports and experience. Many of these young people also then join our Bader Braves tribe and participate in our Young Aviators Days, Events, Adventure Weekends and Challenges.

Successful Bader Grant Applications

Every year we give Bader Grants to organisations, groups and individuals to enable them to pursue a wide variety of goals and dreams.

You can meet some recent successful applicants and read their blogs  by visiting the Grant Recipients page.

What can a Bader Grant cover?

We are a small charity with limited funds and our grants are therefore confined to supporting applications from people living in the United Kingdom.

Our Bader Grants are intended to be inspirational in nature and our charity remit restricts us to offering grants to assist with the pursuance of goals which may be personal or likely to improve quality of life. These may be in diverse areas ranging from education, the arts, sport and recreation but we are open to ideas and welcome initiative.

We 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.

Please note that we are unable to support applications for living aids.

Keep in touch

We are always delighted to receive updates from our Bader Grant Recipients. Do please keep in touch and let us know how you are getting on.



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