As a young carer, you may worry about how your family will manage financially. Or you might think that your life, or the life of the person you care for, would be improved if you were able to afford additional items or experiences. These could include an adaptation to your home to allow the person you care for to get around more safely or a break for you to escape from the stresses of day-to-day life and just feel young and carefree.
This is where grants can help. You might be surprised how many charitable trusts are out there that want to help people just like you. There are thousands of trusts across the country that have been set up with the sole purpose of helping people in need to have a better life. There are often no strings attached to their grants and you normally do not have to pay any of it back.
Some of these charitable trusts are particularly keen to support young carers, and some will prefer to support the person you care for instead. Others might help you if you are on a low income, live in a specific area or someone in your family has had a particular job.
The best way to find the funding you and your family could be eligible for is to use a grant search service. Some of the most useful ones include:
- Turn2us. Their online grant search tool is free and simple to use. If you prefer to talk to someone on the phone instead, you could call their helpline on 0808 802 2000.
- Disability Grants. This is a website which lists details of charitable trusts that give grants to people with a disability or their carer.
- A Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need. This is a book published every year by the Directory of Social Change which lists details of over 1,800 charities that make grants to individuals. However, at £95 it is an expensive investment for you to buy yourself so it might be better to see whether there is anywhere nearby that you can look at a copy. Your local library or Citizens Advice Bureau might have one that you can use.
We recommend doing a search based on your own particular set of circumstances to find the grants that you would be eligible for. But to give you an idea of the sorts of funding that is out there, and the factors that can be important, we have provided some examples of grants that might be relevant below.