Suffolk Carers Fund

Grant Type Project costs
Status Open
Applications accepted from Social Enterprises? Yes
Maximum grant available £2,000 - £20,000
Deadlines 24 March 2020
Panel decisions expected June 2020

Brief Description

Grants for activities within communities that enable adult unpaid carers to sustain their caring role by supporting their feelings of wellbeing, choice and control.


This grant programme has been created by Suffolk County Council and aims to support those providing unpaid support to family members and friends who are ill, frail, or have physical or mental health or addiction issues.
Caring for our relatives and friends when they are in need is a challenge that the vast majority of us will need to rise to at some point in our lives. Carers are as diverse as society itself. They may be any age and come from any cultural background. Many carers are invisible to the health and care system. When a family member or friend becomes sick or experiences ill-health, it has the potential to change lives forever and can have a profound and lasting effect on the health and wellbeing of family members who look after them. The support offered by carers is critical to these people and is one of the most valuable assets within our communities but can be incredibly difficult for those in the role. This funding programme recognises that challenge and seeks to support those who provide this unpaid care.
The objective of the fund is to enable our adult (18+) unpaid carers supporting adults to sustain their caring role and support their feelings of wellbeing, choice and control by meeting one or more of the following themes:

  1. Supporting people to identify themselves as carers at an early stage and identify and access the support they need.
  2. Supporting unpaid carers to maintain their health and wellbeing through learning, employment or leisure activities.
  3. Supporting unpaid carers to remain mentally and physically well.

Funding available:

Up to £20,000 for activities within communities that enable our adult unpaid carers to sustain their caring role by supporting their feelings of wellbeing, choice and control.
The funder is particularly interested in projects that meet one of the following:

  1. Helping family members and friends recognise their role as unpaid carers at an early stage and identify and access the support they need.
  2. Enable unpaid carers to access opportunities which sustain and improve their physical and emotional health and wellbeing.
  3. Support those with caring responsibilities to fulfil their educational and employment potential and build and maintain their social connections.

Further information to strengthen your bid, applicants should clearly demonstrate (where appropriate):

  1. the need for the project
  2. the impact of the project
  3. the expected outcomes of the desired project. Projects should give details of the outcome indicators and monitoring that will be put in place to demonstrate impact on the individual and their family.
  4. where additional funding or in-kind contributions are made
  5. the funder welcomes applications that demonstrate how they capture baseline and progression data.
  6. applicants should show how they have engaged carers in the development and design of their project
  7. applicants should demonstrate how they will work in partnership with others, where possible.
  8. applications which support accessibility to the project
  9. projects that offer IT as an outreach
  10. applications that support carers after their responsibilities have changed, i.e. the cared for has moved to residential supported caring

Existing work will be supported if it can show additionality, i.e. being offered in a different area.
For further information on carers in Suffolk, click here.


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