Horseshoes and Handprints Grants

This Fund is currently closed to application.  We expect this Fund to re-open in September.

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:

How long does it take to get the money?

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?

When the Fund is open, there will be a button at the bottom of this page to click on 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:

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 but you can also call on 01749 344949.


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