National Carers Organisations Carer Training Grant Programme 

The National Carers Organisations are delighted to announce the opening of a grants programme. The Scottish Government have continued to make available a grant fund to voluntary sector organisations for the provision of local training opportunities for carers and young carers in Scotland. The deadline for applications is 3pm, 23 May 2014.

You can download all the information you need below, as well as from the following websites:

www.carersuk.org/scotland

www.sharedcarescotland.com

www.carersnet.org

Purpose of the grant fund

Organisations across the voluntary sector continue to play a major part in the delivery of local carer training in Scotland, with many examples of good practice and innovative approaches in their delivery.  However, our findings from the previous National Carers Organisations (NCO) Training Grant Programme in 2013 highlighted continued gaps in some aspects of carer training provision. The programme will continue to not only increase the scope of carer training provision but will also generate continued knowledge and experience to inform the future development of a quality framework for local carer training.

The National Carers Organisations (NCOs) were commissioned by the Scottish Government to coordinate the training grants programme for carers in Scotland.  Carers Trust Scotland is part of the NCO partnership and will lead on the administration of the grant programme. Amounts that organisations can apply for will be up to maximum value of £25,000.

Who can apply?

Voluntary organisations working in Scotland can apply for a grant to develop carer training opportunities for young and adult carers. Local authorities and health authorities cannot lead applications but could be partners in an application led by a voluntary group.

We are really keen to hear about proposals which will address gaps in existing training provisions for carers. This is not intended to exclude innovative applications tackling other locally identified priorities.

Support with your application

Discussions that took place at a post-consultation event in Perth this year showed that organisations would welcome ongoing advice and support with their application. We will be setting up web chat sessions to assist organisations with their application. The sessions will take place at the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday 29 April (1230–1400)
  • Thursday 15 May (1300–1430)

Please contact Liz Docherty on 0300 123 2008 or email ldocherty@carers.org if you would like to take part in one of the above sessions, or just join in on the day by clicking here.

Have a question?

If you would like further information, phone Carers Trust Scotland on 0300 123 2008 or email: ldocherty@carers.org

Additional Documents

Application Form (Word)

Guidance notes and Appendix 1: Project Plan Guidance (Word)

Appendix 2: Quality Standards Framework Template (Word)