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Carers Opportunities Fund

Carers of people with Multiple Sclerosis are able to apply for financial support for course fees and other costs towards educational and learning opportunities.

This is open to those in work and wishing to retrain as well as full time carers. Former carers who have recently stopped caring may also apply

They provide one-off grants to help pay for non graduate course fees, materials, books, travel costs and any caring costs to enable you to attend the course.

To apply download an application form and a supporting letter to be completed by a suitable professional. 


Carers Trust

The Carers Trust has four grant funds open to individual adult carers aged 16 or over.

  • Carers Essentials: Grants of up to £300 for essential household items that will benefit you in your caring role e.g. washing machines, cookers, beds.Carers 
  • Take Time Out: Grants of up to £400 towards the cost of short breaks, respite care and holidays.
  • Carers: Skills for You: Grants of up to £500 towards the cost of courses and personal development for you (the carer).
  • Carers Access: Grants of up to £350 towards the cost of driving lessons or other forms of transport that would benefit you in your caring role.

To apply: Contact your local carers group. The Carers Trust have an online search box on their home page to help you find your local group. Just add your postcode.

The Carers group will have to complete a supporting statement for you on the application form. 


Family Action

Family Action provides practical and emotional support to disadvantaged children and socially isolated families to enable children to achieve their potential within the family unit. They also support Young Carers.

The charity makes small grants, particularly to those on low income or benefits:

  • Welfare Grants Programme - provides support towards the cost of clothing, general household needs, communication aids and medical adaptations.
  • Educational Grants Programme - provides small grants in the region of £200 to a maximum of £300. (open to 14 years+)

Unfortunately, the Welfare Grants programme is currently closed and is unlikely to reopen until the end of July 2017. 


Family Fund

The Family Fund gives grants to families who are raising a disabled or seriously ill child aged 17 and under.

It is a registered charity and the UK's largest provider of grants to families, living on the lowest incomes.

Their grants bring practical and essential help that is often a lifeline to a family such as washing machines, fridges, bedding, specialist toys and much needed family breaks.

With limited funding it tries to help as many families as it can.  It uses it's own eligibility criteria to ensure that it only helps families in the most need.

It you can say "Yes" to the following, the Family Fund may be able to help you and your family.

  • I am a permanent resident in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales
  • I have a current legal residency in the UK and have lived in the UK for the last 6 months, and I am eligible to work and apply for public funds.
  • I am the parent or carer of a disabled or seriously ill child or young person aged 17 and under who lives at home.
  • I am eligible for, and I can send evidence of the one of the following tax credits or benefits; Universal Credit, Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit, Income based Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Support, Incapacity Benefit, Employment Support Allowance, Housing Benefit,Pension Credit.
  • The grant I am asking for is related to the needs of my child, children or young person.


See also other parent/carer comments in YOUR Grants

See also:

The Carers Trust (for help and support locally)

The Triangle Trust (funding for Carers groups/organisations)

Vicars Relief Fund (essentials and household items)

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See Also:

Holiday Grants for Carers 

Respite and holiday funding

Disability Laws and Legal Rights

For rights of the carer

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