What is a Carer’s Grant?

If you provide substantial care as an unpaid carer, you can apply for a non-repayable carer’s grant.

The grant can be used flexibly to help fund something that will improve your health and wellbeing. For example it may enable you to take a break, take up an activity, pay for a service or do some training that will improve your health or wellbeing.

A break doesn’t have to mean a holiday – it can also mean having time away from your caring role to do something for you. This could be something like going for regular massages or going to visit family and friends.

Examples of what you can apply for:

  • Day trips and activities
  • Stress-relieving therapies
  • A holiday break
  • Equipment for the home to help with daily tasks
  • Gym membership
  • Training to help with improving your confidence, skills, knowledge or job prospects

A grant cannot be used for:

  • Rent payments
  • Council Tax payments
  • Mortgage payments
  • Outstanding debt or fees associated with debt
  • University/college accommodation costs
  • Legal fees
  • Fines and penalties
  • Any statutory payments not covered above
  • Anything that would normally be funded by health and social care
  • Utility bills – gas, electricity, water, wi-fi and telephone bills

What is available?

Take a look at these two sites to learn how to apply for a carer’s grant –

Turn2us

Many Turn2us carer’s grants aren’t means tested, so you can apply even if you’re not entitled to benefits. To see what you might be eligible for, submit your details at the Turn2us website.

Disability Grants

Do you have a disability, or are you the parent or caregiver of a person with disabilities? If so, check out national and local carer’s grants available at Disability Grants. You can filter by age group, grant type, disability type and more.

How we can help

Our Carers Assistance Line team can help advise you on which is the best grant to apply for and also help you with the application process.