Vegetarian for Life administers two charitable funds, The Vegan Fund and The Vegetarian Fund. The Funds were launched in 2010, and we were pleased to award the first grant in May 2010 - for a stair lift to enable a vegetarian lady to move out of care, back to her own home, to resume independent living. Since then we have awarded a number of further grants, including assistance with relocation, a bath aid, vegetarian/vegan cookery courses for older people in Wales, a mobility scooter, a cooker and for fitting a downstairs shower room.
In 2014, VfL commissioned a repeat survey of care homes, where we found that the percentage of vegetarians and vegans in care is quite small, at only 1.69% of residents, compared to 3% in the general population. This may well be because older vegetarians and vegans are more likely to be independently-minded and try to remain in their own homes for longer. They may also, of course, be healthier for longer. There comes a time, however, when some older people find it increasingly difficult to stay in their own homes, possibly due to health problems such as arthritis or general mobility problems. Financial assistance may be available, but can be difficult to access due to a great deal of demand. This is where the funds hope to help.
Apply for a grant
If you are interested in applying for a grant, please do one of the following:
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Shirley K, a vegan in her late 70s is now able to get out and about thanks to a grant from the Vegan Fund.
I am truly grateful to Vegetarian for Life for buying me my mobility scooter. The direction of my life was narrowing because my walking ability had deteriorated, but is now able to expand again.
Shirley applied in Spring 2011 but it took some time to get the right scooter for her. Eventually the right model was tracked down from Kardinal and the grant covered the full cost of the mobility aid. Shirley, from Brighton, is a life member of Animal Aid and has been vegan for over 30 years.
Mr A and his wife are both vegetarian with health problems. His wife in particular has mobility problems and needed the downstairs bathroom that VfL assisted with.
These renovations would not have been possible without your kind offer. It will make a life changing improvement for my wife.
And a grant from the Vegetarian Fund allowed for kitchen and flooring repairs for Mrs P, an older vegetarian.
“My floors were so damp that it kept coming up through the floor and was getting worse. It was not possible to put any flooring down (carpets or wood) because it would have been spoiled by the damp. Obviously this was not helping my health at all and the room was just not useable. Also, my sink was falling to pieces!
“With the money I have been able to get insulation, the rotten flooring removed, a new solid concrete floor, and the floors tanked so no more damp can get in. It has made such a difference and my room looks like a proper room again when it was just such a mess before. They also fixed my sink!
To be eligible for a grant from either fund you must be:
- Aged 60 or over
- In financial need (i.e. with a relatively small regular income and relatively low savings - we follow the limits used for eligibility for means-tested state benefits)
- For a grant from The Vegan Fund you must be a practising vegan
- For a grant from The Vegetarian Fund you must be a practising vegetarian
- Grants are awarded on a one-off basis. They are not suitable for ongoing expenditure.
- Grants are normally made to assist 'independent living', for example: to provide ramps, grab handles, minor kitchen/bathroom adaptations, stair lifts, mobility scooter or perhaps respite care (a short stay in a care home for a person being cared for at home, to provide a break for the carer).
- Applications for other uses will be considered – as long as the grant will benefit one or more older vegetarians or vegans.
- Individual grants are normally subject to an upper limit of £3,000, but this may vary if the grant would benefit more than one eligible person or, at the Trustees' discretion, if there are other extenuating circumstances.
- Each application will be judged on its individual merit by the Trustees of Vegetarian for Life, whose decision is final.