Grants between £2,500 and £20,000 per year to ensure young carers have the same opportunities as other children and young people. Next deadline: 20 March 2020
We want Somerset young carers to have the same opportunities as other children and young people.
We will help community groups to provide those opportunities by awarding grants of between £2,500 and £20,000 per year for up to three years.
Grants will be awarded to groups that can show us how they can help to identify young carers, support them with their caring responsibilities, and build their resilience and wellbeing.
When we talk about resilience, we mean the ability to bounce back from adversity, beat the odds, and do better than you think given the circumstances.
The Somerset Young Carers Fund is a partnership between Somerset County Council and Somerset Community Foundation.
Who can apply?
The Fund is open to community groups, registered charities and social enterprises that are supporting, or would like to support, families in Somerset.
We expect to award all of our grants to groups based in Somerset.
We will only award a grant to a larger national organisation if there are strong connections to our county.
To apply, your group must have a:
- governing document
- bank account
- management committee
- safeguarding policy
If you already receive funding from Somerset County Council for similar work, please contact us for a conversation before you write your bid.
Who can’t apply?
We cannot award grants to statutory organisations, commercial companies or individuals.
We will also not support:
- activities that are a statutory duty or are not charitable
- activities that have already taken place
- sponsorship or fundraising events
- animal welfare (although animal welfare organisations may apply if the purpose of the grant is to benefit people, for example though volunteering opportunities)
- groups that have more than 12 months running costs in unrestricted reserves
- promotion of religion (although secular ‘open-access’ programmes led by faith-based groups may be considered)
- projects where funds are distributed to a third party
- projects that take place outside Somerset (unless they benefit Somerset residents)
How much is available?
The Somerset Young Carers Fund totals £75,000 per year.
Groups will be awarded grants of between £2,500 and £20,000 per year for up to three years.
That means the largest grant you can apply for is £60,000.
We expect to award around three large grants, averaging around £15,000 per year, and a larger number of small grants averaging around £2,000 per year.
How long are grants for?
You can apply for funding for between one and three years.
Annual payments will only be made upon receipt of a satisfactory interim report.
What do we want to fund?
We want to fund groups that can build the resilience and wellbeing of young carers aged 7-18.
Young carers are children and young people who assume a level of care for another person. This often means looking after a family member who is ill.
We know that each young carer is unique and has very different needs. We also know that some young carers are missing out on important educational and social opportunities.
Statutory support, as well as five youth clubs based around the county, are already in place for Somerset’s young carers.
But we need more community-based projects that understand how to identify young carers and how to support them in the best way possible
That means you must work directly with young carers, or with organisations who have a significant impact such as schools, either by enhancing a project you already run or by creating something new.
If you apply for a project you already run, then you must explain what you have achieved so far.
We will award larger grants for projects operating over a larger area or with a larger number of young carers. Smaller grants will be awarded for projects taking place in a smaller area, such as a single town, or for a more limited range of activities.
We can award a grant to pay for:
- capital works (which includes equipment and buildings)
You can also request a contribution to your group’s overheads. You may call these your core costs.
Measuring the difference your work makes to young carers is an important part of the Somerset Young Carers Fund.
We therefore plan to work with groups who are awarded a grant to create an impact measurement framework for young carers. This will be challenging, so we want to find organisations who understand the issues and are keen to find a solution.
How do I make an application?
You can apply for a grant from Monday 10 February to Friday 20 March.
We encourage all applicants to use our online application form, which can be accessed using the link below.
This form allows you to save draft versions of your application and return to it later (via an email link sent to your inbox).
However, if you require a paper version of the application form then please contact us.
The form requires you to complete a series of questions about your group and your project, including your budget.
You will also be asked to provide a referee (if you have not received a grant from us in the last three years) and upload supporting documents.
The supporting documents you must provide are:
- your governing document, which you may call your constitution or rules
- your most recent accounts
- a copy of a recent bank statement
- a list of your trustees, directors or management committee, including their addresses
- your safeguarding policy
If we have any questions about your application we will contact you between Monday 23 March and Friday 10 April.
A panel made up of representatives of Somerset County Council and Somerset Community Foundation will meet in late April.
The panel will consider your group’s:
- track record
- links with other groups in the area
The panel will also consider your project’s:
- fit with the above guidelines
- value for money
- involvement of beneficiaries
We expect to make awards around the whole of Somerset. This means the panel will also consider the location of all the groups who have applied and try to avoid any duplications.
You may therefore want to talk to other groups who might apply and talk about how you can coordinate your projects.
We will let you know the panel’s decision by the end of April.
Your project can therefore start at the beginning of May, or at a later date if you need to recruit staff.
We expect your project to start no later than 1 July 2020.
Unfortunately, we cannot make a grant to every applicant.
Your application may be for an important project in your local community, but we may simply not have enough money available to award you a grant.
If your application is turned down, we will tell you why it was unsuccessful, but there is no right of appeal.
The contact for the Somerset Young Carers Fund is Andy Ridgewell who is a Programme Manager at Somerset Community Foundation. If you have any questions about the Fund then please contact Andy on email@example.com or on 01749 344949.
The Young Carers Fund is supported by Somerset County Council.