Applicants invited for £1m carers support fund

The Cabinet Office Carers Social Action Support Fund is offering grants of at least £50,000 for organisations with projects that can 'improve the lives of carers'

Carers: new support fund
Carers: new support fund

The Cabinet Office has launched a new £1m fund to help third sector organisations run projects that will improve the lives of unpaid carers.

Applications for grants of £50,000 and more from the Carers Social Action Support Fund will be accepted until 22 October.

A statement from the Cabinet Office said the fund was for voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations, public bodies or private businesses "to expand or develop ambitious social action projects that will help to improve the lives of carers".

Applicants should have "a strong track record of reaching and creating positive impact for carers, enthusiasm for measuring the impact of their services and the capacity to quickly build upon existing services".

Projects must be based in England, should reach a minimum of 50 adults caring for adults and should have volunteers "as core to the delivery of the service". The first grant payments will be made in December and the grant should be spent in full by October 2015, according to the fund’s application form.

Brooks Newmark, the Minister for Civil Society, said: "The new Carers Social Action Support Fund will enable organisations to harness the power of social action to support people who carry out this incredibly important role. I urge relevant organisations looking to build on or adapt inspiring social action projects for carers to apply."

There are 5.4 million carers in England and a third of the population would become carers at some point in their lives, Newmark said.

The fund is administered by the Social Investment Business on behalf of the Cabinet Office, and is part of the Centre for Social Action, a collaboration between the Cabinet Office and the innovation charity Nesta.

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