For answers to some of the most frequently asked questions please click the links below. If you don't find the answer you need from this list please contact us and the IPF team will be happy to help or provide more information.

Individuals can apply for help if their needs are within the aims of the charity.

This primarily includes those who have been catastrophically injured playing rugby and sustained a traumatic brain or spinal cord injury.

If you are unsure of your eligibility then please get in touch with us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

See the grant applications page.

All applications are considered on an individual basis. See here for examples of projects we have supported.

Priority is given to applications which empower an individual to live independently.

An applicant’s financial circumstances* will be considered during the assessment process of an application due to the charities limits on funds. Projects might be partly or fully funded for the applicant.

*We may also need to consider the financial status of a partner and your outgoings for dependents.

There are no age limitations to grants it is purely down to whether the individual meets the charity criteria.

It is not essential that it is the individual who completes the form. We understand that in certain circumstances it is more practical for the applicant's next of kin or carer to apply on their behalf.

Applications can be received at any time and each application is considered on its own merits.

There is no specified maximum grant; however applications over £20,000 will have to be put to the full board of Trustees for consideration which could take around 3 months to decide upon.

Applications may be considered for partial funding, particularly where other charitable support is available (e.g. Motability where motor vehicles are normally funded up to 50% of the vehicle cost).

It is unlikely that we will request a medical or other assessment unless the application is requesting specific treatment or rehabilitation costs.

All applications are treated confidentially. No information will be divulged to any other party without permission of the applicant.

We are happy to discuss any aspect of the application process, even prior to applying and will treat these discussions as confidential. If the individuals matter is complex we are able to visit the applicant to discuss or alternatively you can contact our Team Administrator on: 0800 783 1518 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The charity has a small office based team for day-to-day management of the charity. There is also a team of trustees who are responsible for policy, budgets and approving grant applications. The trustees have a range of experience from medical, financial, business, charity and rugby matters.

The charity operates in compliance with the Charity Commission guidance and charity law. Annual reports and accounts are logged with the Charity Commission and may be viewed on their website.

If the overseas player has been injured whilst playing rugby union in England then yes they will be eligible for support. We will work with the overseas player's club or team to get in touch with family and help them during the injured player’s time in England.

We endeavour to help in any way that is needed after an injury. The Injured Player Welfare Officer will be at the hospital in the early days to help the individual and their family. They will ensure the appropriate financial support is available and will help with social services provision. They will liaise with the player's club regarding fundraising, local media requests for information and support for the club.

When the individual returns home the IPF can fund home adaptations or the purchase of suitable accommodation if none is available through the Local Authority, as well as vocational training or further rehabilitation if required.

Yes disability seating or easy access packages can be arranged by the Twickenham ticket office and the IPF have a specially adapted hospitality box which clients are invited to so they can meet with their peers and enjoy a day out with their family or friends.

Didn't find the information you were looking for? Contact the IPF team who will be happy to help and provide more information.

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