We are delighted to be able to offer a support fund for young carers and young adult carers to help reduce the educational impact of COVID-19.
This grant programme is made possible thanks to funding from the United Grand Lodge of England, administered through the Masonic Charitable Foundation and the Provincial Grand Lodges of Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk Freemasons.
It means Caring Together can provide swift support to young carers and young adult carers, helping to reduce the impact that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had on their education and to support their successful transition back into education post-lockdown.
Andy McGowan, head of carer services, said, “We know that the coronavirus crisis has had a significant impact on many young carers and young adult carers and we want to ensure that young carers are not left behind in terms of their education.”
We have a limited amount of money. Grants are only available while there is still money available.
Decisions on applications will be made fortnightly on a Monday starting from Monday 28 September while funds are still available. Decisions will be based on what will make the most difference to the young carer or young adult carer given the money available.
Young carers and young adult carers from Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk and Suffolk can apply for small grants to help to reduce the impact that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had on their education and to support their successful transition back into education post-lockdown.
Examples of eligible items and activities include, but are not limited to:
- Purchase of tablets/laptops and data to support young carer to continue with virtual learning if they don’t have suitable access to a device.
- Additional tutoring to enable them to catch up with missed work.
- Compulsory school/college materials.
- Educational transport costs where the family’s finances have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- School uniform.
- PPE that is required to attend school/college.
We will also consider applications from schools/colleges wishing to put in an application on behalf of a group of young carers (e.g. to cover additional costs of running separate young carers groups for different bubbles, or to help support the transition of new Year 7 young carers into a school’s young carers support) – this can be for a maximum of £300 in total.
Applications for partial funding will be accepted, as long as it is clear how the remainder of the cost will be covered.
Applications cannot be considered for items already purchased.
An application for a bursary does not guarantee you will be successful as we expect demand to be higher than available funds.