Carers Emergency Fund

*****WE HAVE ALLOCATED ALL OF THE FUNDS FOR MAY AND ARE UNFORTUNATELY NO LONGER TAKING APPLICATIONS. PLEASE CHECK BACK IN JUNE TO SEE IF THEY HAVE RE-OPENED OR GET IN TOUCH WITH US ON 0300 012 4272*****

Thanks to  funding from Carers Trust, WAC are pleased to have a support fund available for carers aged 16+ during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. It means we can provide quick support to carers aged 16+, helping to address the emergencies and difficult situations the crisis has created

Funding has been awarded by Carers Trust to award grants in May 2020 and we expect the fund will be spent by within the next couple of weeks – there is no guarantee that funds will be available for June or July 2020.

​We have a limited amount of money, so grants are only available while there is still money available in the fund.

It is unlikley that we will be able to award grants for more than £300 so please be aware of this when you are making your application.

Applications will be reviewed on a twice weekly basis whilst funds are still available. Decisions will be based on what will make the most difference given the money available.

Key Information

Carers aged 16 and above from Worcestershire can apply for small grants to help address the emergencies and difficult situations the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has created.

Examples of eligible items and activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Purchase of household items
  • Assistance with the purchase of food
  • Purchase of laptops, tablets and software
  • Essential home repairs (that cannot wait for the restrictions to be lifted)
  • Purchase of mobile phone equipment or data allowances
  • Transport costs associated with essential journeys (e.g. to purchase food, pick up or drop off medication)
  • Purchase of resources/equipment to support the carer’s physical/emotional wellbeing during the COVID-19 crisis.

It is helpful to be clear about what this fund will not support from the outset:

  • Grants for young carers (aged 5-15)
  • Utility bills and payments such as gas, electricity and water
  • Credit card bills or debt repayments
  • Long term replacement care
  • Specialised equipment such as wheelchairs
  • Motor vehicles and their maintenance.

Applications will be reviewed on a weekly basis whilst funds still remain.

How to apply

You will need to complete an application form and email it to [email protected]

You can access the application form HERE

Or

Call us on our Helpline number – 0300 012 4272 and we’ll complete the form over the phone with you

It will help if you can provide quotes or links where possible to show the costs (although it is not essential as, if successful, you will be required to submit receipts to show the money was used for the purpose awarded).

When will you hear back?

 

When you apply, we will reply to confirm receipt of your application and give an indication of when you will hear back. We hope to communicate decisions on a weekly basis by the end of the day on Friday.

 

What happens if you are successful?

If you are successful, we will contact you to confirm you accept the offer of the award (particularly in the case of partial awards). Payments will be made by BACS – this will be to the carer, unless it makes more sense to pay directly to an organisation or business. Payments need to go through our Finance department.

Once you have purchased what the grant was awarded for, you will need to provide a receipt. Failure to provide a receipt or satisfactory proof of purchase may result in Caring Together seeking to reclaim the money awarded.

We would also appreciate, although this is not mandatory, a short summary of how the grant has helped you so we can feedback and thank the funders. This also helps us to secure future funding pots.

More information

If you have any questions about this grant, or wish to check about the status of your application, call our Helpline on 0300 012 4272

Don't forget to download the form HERE