Carers Funding

The Carers Fund is currently closed while the scheme is under review.

About Carers Funding:

This funding delivers two Grant Programmes. One is for Individual Carers and the second is for Organisations that work to support Carers.


Funding for Individuals:

Bristol Charities offers grant funding to carers for short respite breaks or other activities that provide a break from caring responsibilities.

Grant Amount Caps:

Grant funding is considered for individual carers up to £750


Applicants must:

Live within a 10 mile radius of the centre of Bristol

Must not have received funding through our Individual Carers programme within the past 3 years

Only one carers grant may be awarded per household

Be on a low income

How to apply for an individual grant?

As we are unable to award a grant directly to an applicant, a sponsor from a professional background must first be nominated to apply on the applicant’s behalf. This can be a social worker, support worker, housing officer or a healthcare professional etc. (If you are a sponsor please see the “Registering as an approved sponsor” section underneath the Grants heading).

Once your chosen sponsor has been nominated and approved by us, they will receive information on how to make an online application which they will need to complete on your behalf. Once the application has been submitted, we will then inform them if your grant application has been successful.

Please note that carers grants will be awarded in the form of a cheque/BACS payment and this will paid to the sponsor's organisation. We cannot issue payments directly to applicants under any circumstances.

Funding for Organisations:

Bristol Charities invites applications from organisations working with or supporting carers of any age.

The bidding round for organisations opens annually in May - please contact us for more info.


Applications must:

Be for projects that directly benefit carers in Bristol and within a 10-mile radius of the City Centre

Grant Amount Caps:

Carers' Organisations can apply for projects up to £5,000

A maximum of 3 applications may be submitted by each organisation per bidding round

We prefer to support small to medium size charities and charitable organisations which offer sustainable, measurable and effective support to carers of any age

How to apply for funding for an organisation?

In order to apply for a Carers Organisation grant, someone from the organisation must first register as a sponsor. You can do this by clicking the "Registering as a sponsor" tab underneath the grants heading above.

Once we have approved your registration, you will receive an email containing a link to the online application form. Please complete and submit this.

All applications will then go to our Grants Committee Board for a final decision and you will be notified if you have been successful or not.

Grants Awarded in 2020:

  • Developing Health and Independence received a grant of £4,316 for their Reach Out 2020 Project for families and carers supporting people with alcohol and drug misuse
  • The Carers support Centre received £4,949 to run training workshops for Adult carers
  • Age UK received £5,000 to provide an information and Advice service for new Carers.
  • The Carers Support Centre received funding to set up 3 Young Carer Hero groups for very young carers.
  • Bristol Charities provided funding for a Carers Awareness Film to reach out and identify carers.
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