The Department of Health & Social Care’s Carers Innovation Fund awards grants of up to £500,000 to voluntary groups, charities, SMEs and commercial organisations to develop innovative ways of supporting unpaid carers, outside of mainstream health and care services in England.
The Fund aims to support accessible, carer-friendly communities and public services and also seeks to provide evidence on effective interventions to support carers.
The funding will be used to improve support across England and help build more carer-friendly communities. Projects will be expected to show a positive effect on:
- carers’ health and wellbeing;
- carers’ ability to manage work alongside caring responsibilities;
- carers’ ability to take a break from their caring role;
- reducing loneliness and social isolation.
Applicants will need to demonstrate their idea is a fresh approach that is better than existing provision, will benefit the local community and can be expanded and replicated.
Applications have yet to open. The application process will be divided into three phases:
- Phase 1: idea generation
- Phase 2: idea development
- Phase 3: idea implementation
During phase 1 (idea generation), applicants will be invited to submit an expression of interest. This stage is expected to open before the end of June 2019.
Through the assessment of the applications received through phase 1, DHSC will look to identify between 15 to 20 projects that will be awarded an initial funding instalment of up to £25,000 to develop their idea (phase 2).
This initial funding will be awarded for organisations to further develop their proposals to demonstrate their feasibility. This funding will be available during the 2019 to 2020 financial year. More information about the purpose of this stage and the requirement for the application will be published when the ‘expression of interest’ stage is launched.
Those projects that receive funding in phase 2 will be expected to demonstrate the potential of their intervention as part of the application process to be considered for further funding in phase 3 to implement the intervention. Further details about this stage of the application process will be published in due course.
The remaining budget for the fund will be allocated during this phase and will be available during 2019 to 2020 and 2021 to 2022. There is the potential that the funding will be profiled into the 2021 to 2022 financial year if it is clear that this would enable the interventions to achieve better value for money.
Webinars: DHSC will be hosting two webinars on 19 June to outline more information about the purpose of the fund and to give more information about the application process and what organisations need to do.
You can register to join the webinars by following these links:
Places are limited and will be offered on a first come, first serve, basis.
Fund Deadline: To be confirmed
For more information and how to register for the information webinar please click here
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