Please read the following guidelines carefully which give you more details about how the Fund may be able to support you and the requirements of the Fund, including the upper limits. There is a link to the online form further down this page which will need to be fully completed  to be considered for an award. Once you have filled the form in online, click submit and it will be sent to us automatically. 

Applications for items or services over £400 will not be considered.

Panels are held monthly, and you will be informed by letter of the outcome. Our preferred payment method is by bank transfer – the form asks you for your bank details. If you prefer payment by cheque, please state this on the form.

If you have any questions please call our helpline  0300 102 0008.

Funding is available to assist with the cost of providing new essential items for carers, to help ease the stresses, workload, and isolation often caused by their caring role. Second-hand items may not be purchased.
Funds can be awarded for up to £250 towards one item or service which must not exceed £400 in total. Priority will be given to carers who have not accessed the Fund in the last 12 months.
The request must be of direct practical benefit to the carer. This can include essential white goods, decorating, gardening, etc and you must be able to say how this has benefited you and helped you continue as a carer.
All applications must be from carers aged 18 years of age and over.
Carers can apply for anything which helps them in their caring role except:
 Everyday regular items – for example – shopping, bills, on-going costs [insurance, car tax], car/house maintenance
 Equipment for hobbies
 Replacement care/respite or equipment for the person you care for
 Goods or services that have already been bought
 Applicants must ask for one specific item or service, with actual costs, not general support, and enclose a tradesman’s estimate where appropriate for decorating, etc.
If you are in any doubt about what can be requested or how to complete the form, please telephone our Helpline 0300 102 0008. The Panel, which meets monthly, only has your application form on which to base its decisions.
For auditing purposes, a receipt for the item or service purchased must be provided within 3 months. Grants are restricted to one per household within any financial year and for data protection purposes, the forms must be signed by you, the carer.
Successful applicants will be contacted and asked how the award has helped them as a carer – this will help with further funding in the future.

Click the link below to apply online:

Essentials Fund form

For short breaks, gym membership and health and wellbeing funding please contact our Personal Budget team on 01606 333125 – you can still apply to Carers Essentials Fund for essential items or services too.