Spinal Injuries Scotland (SIS) is a charity that wants to make a difference in society. We are ambitious to achieve positive change so that people with a spinal cord injury can live their daily lives in a more equal environment and with more independence. Our Vision and Mission Statement looks towards a more inclusive society, creating a society without barriers and as such giving opportunities for disability people.

We have a clear stated vision to act as an ‘agent of change’ and a mission statement which details the specific areas in which we seek to achieve that change.

Strategic Approach

Spinal Injuries Scotland advances its charitable aims by channelling its efforts via the following three strands:

  • Support those coming to terms with a SCI.
  • Inform those living with SCI.
  • Influence decision makers and designers as they shape the world for those with SCI.

SIS delivers a nationwide, membership focused service, which is delivered via programmes and projects designed to best meet the needs of our members. Those who experience a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) have undergone a life-changing and traumatic event, rehabilitation is immensely challenging from both a physical and emotional perspective, with cost of equipment often cited as a barrier.

The Application Process

As part of our efforts, we are bringing back our Grant Funding Scheme to support our members.

If successful, the charity will part-fund the costs of equipment that will benefit our members. All applications are considered on a case-by-case basis, though, SIS will consider applications for assistive technology, mobility aids and other pieces of specialist equipment that improve independence that are not already supplied. We will have a limited fund each year, enabled from fundraising activities.

In common with several other supporting bodies and agencies, SIS are unlikely to fund applications for equipment already available from the NHS, passive exercise equipment, house adaptations, holidays, vehicles or secondary or cosmetic functions, including those in wheelchairs.

To apply please fill out the approved SIS Application form, providing as much detail as possible.

approved SIS Application form

  1. Application Process

Before applying, please ensure you meet the following criteria:

  • Grants are only available to members of Spinal Injuries Scotland who have a Spinal Cord Injury.
  • Who are residing in Scotland, either as a UK or EU Citizen, with indefinite leave to remain or with full refugee status,
  • SIS will not consider applications where statutory provision has not first been explored and exhausted,
  • SIS will not consider funding an item already in the applicant’s possession, nor one for which the applicant has already placed an order,
  • SIS will only accept one application per applicant in any three-year period.

Subject to meeting the approval criteria, and funds being available within the designated fund, your application will be tabled for consideration at the earliest meeting of the SIS Board, or any subgroup formed to review such matters on its behalf. This may take several weeks. You will be notified of the decision of the Board via email.


Please Note: The Board and its representatives reserve the right not to progress your application and are not obliged to provide any detail as to the reasons for any decision made. There is NO APPEAL process.


Terms and Conditions

  1. You must be a member of Spinal Injuries Scotland.
  2. Spinal Injuries Scotland do not fund retrospectively.
  3. Any Grant will be paid directly to the supplier the remaining balance due must be made by the applicant within 30 days.
  4. Quotations and Invoices included in applications need at least 6-month expiry dates to allow the application to be considered and processed. SIS is not responsible for quotations expiring before funds have been issued.
  5. Grants will only be valid within the current financial year. Any extensions must be approved by the Board.
  6. Copy applications (or an appropriate extract) will be held on file for a requisite period to enable records to be kept of previous applications and in compliance with company audit requirements.
  7. If the grant cannot be used for the purpose it was awarded, it will be returned to SIS.
  8. Recipients are responsible for the upkeep of the equipment funded and any loss or damage. Spinal Injuries Scotland will not be held responsible for anything that happens to the equipment after recipient has received it. It will be your responsibility to have the relevant insurances in place for the equipment.   
  9. You’re not allowed to sell or give the item away. 
  10. The equipment will be your property and SIS will not be responsible for maintenance and accepts no liability for the equipment once received by applicant.
  11. We reserve the right to reference the award in our charity publicity material, financial accounts/statements.
  12. The equipment must have a Spinal Injuries Scotland branding, which will be supplied by the charity.
  13. You be willing to give testimonials regarding the donation within 3 months of receiving the equipment.
  14. If the equipment is to assist with access to employment, the expectation is that this will be progressed with the individual’s employer and via the Department of Work and Pensions Access to Work Scheme, therefore we wouldn’t fund.


By filling out the grant application form, you agree to the terms and conditions listed above and give consent for Spinal Injuries Scotland to store and share your information with board of trustees.