Carers Social Action Support Fund

This guidance explains how the Carers Social Action Support Fund works for social action projects to support unpaid family carers.



A carer is anyone who looks after, unpaid, a friend or family member who cannot cope without their support. This may be due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction.

Applications to the fund have now closed. See a list of organisations that received funding.


There are 5.4 million carers in England and 1 in 3 of us will become a carer at some point in our lives. Carers providing round the clock care are more than twice as likely to be in bad health as non-carers (Census, 2011). 70% of carers caring for 50 hours or more a week have a long-standing health condition, compared to 51% of non-carers (GP Patient Survey 2013).

About the fund

The Carers Social Action Support Fund of up to £1 million is part of the Centre for Social Action. The fund will be run by the Social Investment Business (SIB) on behalf of the Cabinet Office. We asked organisations with a social mission who provided public services, that were looking to build on, or adapt, inspiring social action projects for carers to apply for funding.

Published 22 September 2014
Last updated 28 November 2014 + show all updates
  1. Updated to link to fund recipients.
  2. Added frequently asked questions.
  3. First published.