£5 Million Support Fund for Carers
A £5 million Carers Innovation Fund is available to invest in new projects to improve carers’ wellbeing. Details can be found on the website of the Department of Health and Social Care –
Projects should show that you are developing innovative ways of supporting unpaid carers, outside of mainstream health and care services.This funding will be used to improve support across the country and help build more carer-friendly communities.
Examples of the kind of projects the fund would invest in include:
· helping carers to take a break from their caring responsibilities
· establishing support groups, which would develop peer support groups and/or offer short courses to help reduce isolation
Projects will be expected to show a positive effect on:
· carers’ health and wellbeing
· carers’ ability to manage their work alongside caring responsibilities
· carers’ ability to take a break from their caring role
· reducing loneliness and social isolation
Applicants will need to demonstrate their idea is a fresh approach and explain how it is better than existing provision, that it will benefit the local community and can be expanded and replicated.
The voluntary sector, charities, SMEs and commercial organisations can all bid for funding to prove their concept, with the aim of securing longer term funding from other sources.
Carers and other experts will sit on the evaluation panel to make sure proposals are feasible.
The fund was first announced last year as part of the Carers Action Plan, a cross-government programme of targeted work to support unpaid carers over the next two years. Initially, the fund was only worth half a million pounds but was later increased to £5 million.