Carers’ Support Fund


Pre application workshop:

The Foundation will be holding an information session for the Carers’ Support Fund on Thursday 17 June 2021.  The workshop will focus on the funding criteria and provide support regarding the application process.

If you would like to register for the information session for the Carers’ Support Fund – register here

Fund guidance and criteria

The Community Foundation NI on behalf of the Department of Health is delighted to open for application a Carers’ Support Fund.

The Carers’ Support Fund will provide support for organisations working for and with carers in line with the outcomes set out below.

Grant values of between £2k and £75k will be distributed to properly constituted community groups and voluntary organisations.

It is expected that funding awards will fall into 2 broad categories:

  • Funding awards of up to £10k
  • Funding awards between £10k and £75k

In exceptional circumstances higher awards to individual organisations, or organisations working together to deliver a proposal, may be considered.

Projects £10,000 or below can be for a period of up to 12 months.

Projects £10,000 to £75,000 can be for a period of up to 24 months.

Definition of Carer for the purposes of this Fund

A carer is someone who regularly provides a substantial amount of care to a family member, friend or neighbour who is ill, disabled or is an older person.

Fund Outcomes

Specific outcomes that the Fund should deliver are:

a)  Enhanced provision of and access to practical support and help for                  carers.
b)  Improved access to and availability of advice services for carers,                      including support available through new technologies.
c)  Enhanced skills of carers to advocate for the needs of both themselves           and the person they care for.
d)  Support improved physical and mental health and wellbeing of carers.
e)  Enhanced ability for carers to lead their own lives and enjoy a work/life            balance.
f)   Increased capacity to advocate for and advance carers’ issues with                  government and statutory bodies.
g)  Raised awareness of the contribution of carers.
h)  Improved evidence base on carers to support and inform service                       provision, and government strategy.

For an application to be successful, it must contribute to one or more of the above outcomes, depending on the level of funding applied for.

Funding considerations

  • Priority will be given to organisations that are delivering projects to support carers through the provision of practical support and help to carers or young carers, and particularly those carers in crisis, and those who care for people with the most complex needs.
  • Projects may support carers through the provision of advice, training, advocacy or research aimed at furthering carers’ issues with government or other statutory bodies.
  • Innovative projects, or those of a pilot nature, which have the potential to enhance support in the longer term, would be particularly welcome.
  • Joint applications from organisations for shared staff will be welcomed. Joint applications from organisations proposing to work together will also be considered. *Staff costs must be for staff directly involved in delivering projects that meet at least one of the outcomes of the fund.
  • Applications should be able to demonstrate a need and that a methodology is in place to demonstrate how progress against a relevant outcome(s) will be measured.
  • The assessment of applications may include consideration of the sustainability of the proposal.
  • As far as possible the Community Foundation will seek to ensure the overall funding supports a reasonable geographic spread of organisations and/or projects across Northern Ireland.

Who can apply?

  • Constituted organisations with charitable purposes, operating within Northern Ireland.

What can be supported?

  • Projects which support delivery of the outcomes above.

Applicants should be required to provide the following with their application:

  • A copy of their governing document, e.g. constitution – this must be in the name of the applicant organisation unless governed through an umbrella organisation
  • A copy of the organisation’s most recent accounts
  • A copy of safeguarding policies
  • A current account bank statement dated within the last three months.
  • A copy of equality policy
  • Stakeholder analysis/evidence of need for the project being applied for – note this is only required for those applying for over £10,000

The Fund will not support:

  • Applications from individuals
  • Salary costs that are not directly associated with meeting the fund outcomes and providing direct support for carers
  • Trips outside Northern Ireland, holidays away, and one-off residentials
  • Gifts and cash payments for individuals
  • Funding for projects that have already started
  • Applications from statutory organisations
  • Vehicles
  • Activities that duplicate existing services
  • Substitution for statutory funding

In addition the Community Foundation will not fund:

  • Organisations or activities which promote causes that are contrary to our purposes.  Causes and activities that are contrary to our purposes include, but may not be limited to, those outlined in our investment policy.  We will not therefore fund organisations or activities which we determine are linked to the promotion of armaments, alcohol, human rights abuses, tobacco or pornography
  • The advancement of religion.  This includes organisations whose purposes include advancement of religion
  • The establishment of endowment of any school or institution providing further education within the meaning of the Education and Libraries (Northern Ireland) Order 1972
  • The provision of assistance to any Housing Association within the meaning of the Housing (Northern Ireland) Order 1976
  • Promotion of religious or political activity, including any flags and emblems that may deem to be associated with such

If you are unsure about any of the above text or have any other queries then please contact the Grants Team via e-mail applications@communityfoundationni.org


Closing Date: Jul 5, 2021 13:00

Jul 5, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Grant values of between £2,000 and £75,000

  • Priorities:

  • Enhanced provision of and access to practical support and help for carers; Improved access to and availability of advice services for carers, including support available through new technologies; Enhanced skills of carers to advocate for the needs of both themselves and the person they care for; Support improved physical and mental health and wellbeing of carers; Enhanced ability for carers to lead their own lives and enjoy a work/life balance; Increased capacity to advocate for and advance carers’ issues with  government and statutory bodies; Raised awareness of the contribution of carers; Improved evidence base on carers to support and inform service provision, and government strategy.

Ready To Apply?

Apply Now

Apply Here

The fund will be open for applications from 9.00am on Monday 7 June 2021 and will close at 1.00pm on Monday 5 July 2021.

Apply online by selecting one of the categories below:

Funding awards of up to £10k 

Funding awards between £10k and £75k  

Who to speak to

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Grants Team

If you are unsure about any of the above, or have any other queries, then please contact the Grants Team

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Grants Team

If you are unsure about any of the above, or have any other queries, then please contact the Grants Team

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