If you are registered with us, you may be able to apply for a carers grant to pay for a break, activity, service or training, to improve your health or wellbeing.
Adult & Young Carers Grants
What is a Carers Grant?
Carers in Bedfordshire administer Carers Grants on behalf of NHS Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group to enable unpaid carers, who provide substantial care, to access a break, activity, service or training that will improve their health or wellbeing.
Who is it for?
Unpaid carers from age four can apply for both types of grant which are:
- Full Carers Grant. There is no maximum amount you can apply for but panel is unlikely to award more than £300. A quote for the required service/holiday/training/product must be obtained and submitted with the application. Carers can apply once per year. The panel will sit to consider these every month.
- Fast Track Grant. The maximum amount you can apply for is £120. Carers can apply for two Fast Track grants per year.
Please note: Applications for products or services up to £120 may be eligible for fast track
We can only accept a maximum of 3 applications per household/family, per year. i.e. one Full Grant and one Fast Track Grant or up to three Fast Track Grants per household/family per year.
When is the deadline for applications?
Full Grant: 4:30pm on the 15th of each month. When the 15th falls on a weekend or bank holiday, the deadline will be the working day before the 15th. If your application is received after this date then your application will be considered the following month.
Please note-There are no full panel meetings in December, Full Grant applications will be assessed at the January panel.
Fast Track Grant: We accept applications at any time and aim to give you a decision within two weeks.
Please note: Fast Track applications received after 15th December 2018 may not be considered until January 2019.
What can the Carers Grant be used for?
The grant can be used flexibly to help fund something that will improve the carer’s health and wellbeing, or training that will help the carer to gain qualifications to access the job market. .
A break doesn't have to mean a holiday - it can also mean having time away from your caring role to do something for you. This could be something like going for regular massages or going to visit family and friends.
Carers UK (2012) stated that ‘having a break is more likely to help you cope with caring and give you time to recharge your batteries.’
Examples of what you can apply for
Day trips and activities
Stress relieving therapies
A holiday break
Equipment for the home to help with daily tasks
Driving lessons (if you have passed your theory test)
Training to help with improving your confidence, skills, knowledge or job prospects
The carer grants cannot be used for
- Rent payments
- Council Tax payments
- Mortgage payments
- Outstanding debt or fees associated with debt
- University/ college accommodation costs
- Legal fees
- Fines and penalties
- Any statutory payments not covered above
Please note: The Carers Grants cannot be used for something that would normally be funded by health or social care
If you would like to apply for a Carers Grant, please click on the application form below. Please read the criteria before completing an application form.
Dates for Grant Panel Meetings 2018
You will be informed of the panel's decision soon after these dates by post.