Forward Carers would like to invite organisations to apply for funding up to £25,000 to deliver Carer services in Birmingham.

In July 2019, Forward Carers was commissioned by Birmingham City Council, Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (BSOL CCG) and the Children’s Trust to operate and deliver Birmingham Carers Hub, a service for unpaid Carers in Birmingham.

As part of the commitment to further develop an integrated pathway and deliver the best services for carers collaboratively with other organisations, Forward Carers would like to invite organisations to apply for funding of up to £25,000 to deliver carer services in Birmingham. This funding will be for a 12 month period. Where resources permit there will be opportunities for service extensions beyond 12 months.

We know that Birmingham is an exciting City to live and work in, but this also means that the environment in which we deliver services must change too. Therefore in any funding exercise, we must take account of what is going on around us and to make sure that we are addressing gaps, rather than duplicating opportunities.

We are looking to support projects which will deliver positive change, benefits for carers and value for money in the following priority areas, which will be released in rounds:

Round One

  • Respite and Short Break services for Carers
  • Services for carers balancing work and caring commitments
  • Services for Parent Carers (child aged under 18)

Open for applications Tuesday 7th January, closing noon on Thursday 30th January 2020.

Service start date April 2020.

Round Two

  • Services for carers supporting someone with a Substance Misuse
  • Services for carers supporting someone with a Sensory Impairment
  • Services supporting mutual carers

Open for applications Tuesday 4th February, closing noon on Thursday 27th February 2020.

Service start date May 2020.

Round Three

  • Services for young Carers aged 14 years and over
  • Services for Young Adult Carers (18 – 25 years old)
  • Innovation – other carer services

Open for applications Tuesday 3rd March, closing noon on 26th March 2020.

Service start date June 2020.

Information Session

An information session took place on 14 January, a copy of the PowerPoint presentation is available here.

The bids process will open on Tuesday 7 January 2020, closing on Thursday 30th January 2020 at 12 noon.

Submitting Your Grant Application

Before making your application, you may find it helpful to read the guidance notes first, you can download the notes here. Please note, these guidance notes were updated on 13 January 2020.

Please download the application form, complete it, save it and upload it to the form below. Download the form here.

If you have any queries, please refer to our clarification questions here or if your question is still unanswered please e-mail 

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