Carers Grants

If you are registered with us, you can apply for carers grant to pay for a break, activity, service or training to improve your health or wellbeing.

What is a Carers Grant?

If you provide substantial care as an unpaid carer, a carers grant can enable you to take up a break, activity, service or training that will improve your health or wellbeing. As a carer registered with us, you can apply for a grant online through our website or by post.

Our independent panel reviews each application and makes awards against grant criteria. We will send you an email or a letter after the panel has been held at the end of each month.

What can the Carers Grant be used for?

The grant can be used flexibly to help fund something that will improve your health and wellbeing, or training that will help you to gain qualifications to access the job market.

A break doesn’t have to mean a holiday – it can also mean having time away from your caring role to do something for you. This could be something like going for regular massages or going to visit family and friends.

Examples of what you can apply for
  • Day trips and activities
  • Stress-relieving therapies
  • A holiday break
  • Equipment for the home to help with daily tasks
  • Gym membership
  • Driving lessons
  • Training to help with improving your confidence, skills, knowledge or job prospects.

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The grant cannot be used for

  • Rent payments
  • Council Tax payments
  • Mortgage payments
  • Outstanding debt or fees associated with debt
  • University/college accommodation costs
  • Legal fees
  • Fines and penalties
  • Any statutory payments not covered above
  • Anything that would normally be funded by health and social care.

Who are grants for?

Unpaid carers from age four can apply for either:

  • Full carers grant. There is no maximum amount you can apply for but the panel is unlikely to award more than £300.
  • Fast track grant. The maximum amount you can apply for is £120. Carers can apply for two Fast Track grants per year instead of one full grant. Products or services up to £120 are eligible for fast track.

We can accept a maximum of three applications per household/family, per year. In other words, either one full grant and one fast track grant or up to three fast track grants per household/family per year.

By the way, if you get carers allowance you are still an unpaid carer.

Transition grant for former carers – this is available to help you find your way following the death of the person you have been caring for up to one year after your bereavement.

 

How to apply for a Carers grant

If you would like to apply for a Carers Grant, please click on the application form below. Please read the criteria first.

  • Once you click on the link for the online grant application, you will have to confirm whether you are registered with us.
  • You won’t be able to progress past this first page if you aren’t registered with us.
  • If you know that you are registered with Carers in Bedfordshire and are unable to get past this page, please contact a member of the grants team.
  • Boxes marked with an * must be completed otherwise you will not be able to proceed with the application.
  • Have ready the name and email address of a professional who knows you and can confirm the grant will help your wellbeing (this is your “professional endorser”) before you start filling in the application form.
  • Once completed, the form will be automatically emailed to your chosen professional endorser, and a copy will be emailed to our grant team at Carers in Bedfordshire.

You can complete a paper PDF version of the grant application if you prefer.

If you require any help or assistance in completing this form online then please do not hesitate to contact the grants team.

Carers Grant online application form

Carers Grant Criteria.pdf

Carers Grant Application Form PDF

Once fully completed, please return your application form to:
Suite D1, Emerald Court, Pilgrim Centre, Brickhill Drive, Bedford, MK41 7PZ
grants@carersinbeds.org.uk

When is the deadline for applications?

Full Grant: 4:30pm on the 15th of each month or the working day before the 15th. There are no full panel meetings in December, Full Grant applications will be assessed at the January panel.

Fast Track Grant: We accept applications at any time and aim to give you a decision within two weeks.

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