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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 currently has a grant fund open for individual adult carers, aged 16+.

Carers may be able to apply for grants of up to £300 for items or activities that will benefit them in their caring role, for example for:

  • Breaks for carers, with or without the person they care for.
  • Items for the home including cookers, fridges, beds and washing machines.
  • Driving lessons and other travel costs relating to caring roles.
  • Courses and materials to develop carers' skills and personal development.
  • Home repairs.
  • Short-term or time limited replacement care.

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 an online application form on your behalf.


Family Action

Family Action provides practical and emotional support to those who are experiencing poverty, disadvantage and social isolation across the country.

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

Welfare Grants Programme - provides grants for essential personal and household needs.  Priority areas are the elderly, disabled, individuals with mental health diagnosis and families or individuals who have experienced domestic abuse.

Applications must be made online by a referring agency such as statutory agencies, charities that provide health or social care, housing associations, probation services and GP's.

Educational Grants Programme - provides small grants in the region of £200 to a maximum of £300. (open to 14 years+).

Applications must be submitted by authorised members of college staff affiliated organisations.


See also:

The Carers Trust (for help and support locally)

The Family Fund

MS Society (Carers Grants)

The Triangle Trust (funding for Carers groups/organisations)

Vicars Relief Fund (essentials and household items)

Check out the other pages....

See also:

Holiday Grants for Carers 

Respite and holiday funding

Disability Laws and Legal Rights

For rights of the carer

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