WAV stands for Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle. This means you can travel in the vehicle while seat in your wheelchair

Can I apply for a grant or financial help?

The Motability Foundation runs several Grant Programmes to support with the cost of Advance Payments and adaptations. These are for people who cannot afford the disability solution they need.

All applications are means-tested to make sure the foundation supports those most in need of a charitable grant and that it helps as many people as possible.

When you apply for financial help, Motability Foundation will consider who has to travel with you daily, like children you receive child benefit for and dependents you live with, like an elderly parent you have caring responsibilities for.

They cannot award a grant if you’ve already ordered your vehicle.

When you apply for a grant, a Case Manager will consider your circumstances and confirm which vehicles the foundation will fund based on your mobility needs, not wants.

They will not consider the manufacturer or fuel type you prefer, and cannot increase the grant to accommodate adult family members, friends or pets.

Your grant award letter will have a list of vehicles or categories the foundation is prepared to fund.

Grants are awarded in line with the foundation's policies, after a Case Manager thoroughly considers the information you submit.

All grant awards are final unless you give extra, compelling information.

If an application does not meet Motability Foundation‘s funding priorities, you will not get a grant.

You can find out more about grants and how to apply at motabilityfoundation.org.uk(opens in a new window).

If you’ve already submitted an application, you should receive a decision within six weeks. Please wait for your Case Manager to update you.

If you have low mileage, or lots of adaptations on your vehicle, you might be able to extend your lease for up to two more years.

If you're eligible, you'll see this option in your online account once you're in the last three months of your lease.


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So you know, if you're already in an extended lease, we will not be able to extend it again.

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