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)

Round one has now closed. 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

Round two has now closed. 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)
  • Services for innovation
    Our aim is to promote Birmingham as a Carer-Friendly City. We are seeking to identify and promote creative and innovative projects that are different to what we already have going on. We also want to ensure that carers are:
    – better recognised, valued and connected

     – better able to juggle working and caring
     – better able to look after their own health and wellbeing

Service start date July 2020.

All applications have now closed.

Helpful Information

Before making your application, please read the guidance notes first, you can download the notes here. Please note, these guidance notes were updated on 09 March 2020.

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

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