Please read the enclosed guidelines of the fund 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. An application form is downloadable on this page which will need to be fully completed and signed to be considered for an award. This is a requirement of the funding. 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. We can make the payment by bank transfer or cheque, please indicate your preference on page 2 of the application form and fill in your bank details if necessary.

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

Please return this Application Form, when
complete, to:
Essentials Fund
Cheshire & Warrington
Carers Trust
146 London Road
Northwich CW9 5HH

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 benefitted 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.

Carers Essentials Fund 2019-20
Guidelines for Carers and Professionals

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.

Cheshire and Warrington Carers Trust is a Registered Charity Number 1092606 and a Limited

Essential Form – Please click on the link below:

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