Charities and social enterprises can apply for support from a newly launched £1m Cabinet Office fund for projects that help support unpaid family carers.

The Carers Social Action Support Fund is accepting applications up to 22 October from organisations with plans to expand or develop projects that will help improve the lives of carers. 
 
Moira Fraser, Interim Chief Executive Officer for Carers Trust said: “This is good news and recognises the value of the millions of people caring for their family and friends. More support for carers is vital. In addition to today’s announcement, extra funding for social care is needed so that all carers have access to high quality support.”
 
Brooks Newmark, Minister for Civil Society said: “There are 5.4 million carers in England and one in three of us will become a carer at some point in our lives.
 
“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.”

Criteria and how to apply

Applications are welcomed from the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector, public bodies and businesses. They should have a social mission or an objective to increase social action, or they should be involved in providing public services. 
 
Find out more and download an application form.