Berkshire Community Foundation is working with the NHS to deliver grants for carers.
The aim of the Fund is to make awards to registered charities and voluntary groups providing respite breaks for carers. This may take the form of a holiday or to provide regular ‘sitting’ services. For the purposes of the Fund, the definition of a carer is: someone of any age who provides unpaid support to family or friends whose health or wellbeing could suffer without this help. This could be caring for a relative, partner, child or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems.
- Any group/project not meeting the above criteria.
- Those groups whose beneficiaries are outside of Berkshire.
- Groups promoting religious or political causes and/or those excluding beneficiaries from other sectors of society.
- Overseas travel or expeditions for individuals and groups.
- Grants for respite breaks are distributed through community groups and charities and are NOT paid direct to the individual carer.
Grants of up to £5,000 are available for carers respite breaks. This is distributed up to £300 per individual carer for a holiday or period of respite.
The group distributing awards to the individual carers is able to use 5% of the total grant amount for administration costs.
Applications are considered throughout the year.