Apply for up to £250 to help with the cost of horse therapy sessions.
Ask for money by Friday 5 November and we’ll let you know if we can help you by early December 2021.
What is horse therapy?
Horse therapy (or equine-assisted therapy) is provided in a horse-based environment to promote physical, occupational, and emotional growth for people with needs arising from, for example, ADHD, anxiety, autism, Cerebral Palsy, dementia, depression, developmental delay, PDA, Down Syndrome and brain injuries.
Horses have similar social and responsive behaviours to humans, making it easier to create a connection with them, and animals give immediate feedback. Horses also can mirror the feelings of the handler or rider and their large appearance can help develop trust and self-confidence.
Click here to view a list of horse therapy providers in Somerset.
Who can apply for money?
You, or your parent/carer on your behalf, can apply if you:
- are aged under 18, or if you have an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) up to age 25
- live in Somerset (not North Somerset or BANES), East Devon or North Dorset at the date of application
- have a special educational need (for example a learning disability, mental health problem, poor emotional wellbeing or neurological disorders)
- want to use the grant for a course of horse therapy sessions
- are applying for up to 50% of the cost of a course of horse therapy sessions, (typically 10 sessions) and up to a maximum of £250 (please note the Fund will not support standalone riding lessons unless it is part of horse therapy). If you are concerned about whether you will be able to find the money to fund the other 50%, then please get in touch with us
- can provide a reference from an education or health professional in support of your application.
How long does it take to get the money?
You must apply by 5pm, Friday 5 November 2021.
We'll let you know if we can help you by early December 2021.
If your application is successful, the grant must be used within 12 months of being offered and you must let us know how the grant helped you.
Grants are paid directly to the horse therapy provider and only once the provider confirms they have the other 50% of the money needed for a full course of sessions. The provider will also be asked at the end of the course of sessions to let us know how you benefited from them.
Where does the money come from?
The Horseshoes and Handprints Fund was created using money held by the Horseshoes and Handprints Trust. That money was transferred to Somerset Community Foundation when the Trust closed. The Trust originally supported families with children or young people with a variety of additional needs by helping contribute to the cost of horse therapy, and this will continue through this Horseshoes and Handprints Fund.
How do I apply for money?
You can apply for money by clicking on the button below to access an online application form. Please contact us if you can't use the online form. We'll support you to make your application in another way.
You must provide the following information in your application:
- Your name, age, address and the contact details of the person completing the application
- Brief details about your circumstances and why horse therapy is needed
- A reference from an education or health professional.
You will need to complete the application in one go and will not be able to save and return to it.
To make this easier, you can download this .pdf document which has all the questions listed and some advice for answering them.
What will we do with your application?
We’ll email you within one week to confirm that we have received your application. If you don’t hear from us in that time, then please contact us.
A member of our Grants Team will look at your application. If we have a question, then we’ll email you. If preferred, we can arrange a phone call or video call.
Applications are considered by a Grants Panel who decide whether to award a grant or not.
If you have any questions, then please get in touch with us. It's usually best to email us on firstname.lastname@example.org but you can also call on 01749 344949.