Can Carers Get Holiday Grants?
Being a carer can be an incredibly rewarding job, but this does not mean it is without its challenges. Taking a break from the emotional and physical demands of the role can be invaluable, ensuring individuals can relax and recharge.
As a carer, a holiday might mean holidaying to an inclusive site with the person you care for, or it may mean going somewhere alone – or even staying at home while the person you care for goes on an accessible holiday.
Funding a holiday, whatever this may mean to you, can seem like an impossibility, especially as day-to-day costs mount. However, there are several things you can do to help cover the costs, namely applying for grants designed to support carers and their families.
The Importance of Taking a Break for Carers
Whether it’s an hour, a day or several weeks of holiday, taking a break as a carer has numerous benefits.
A break from the caring role and routine can help carers reconnect with the person they look after as well as other family members or friends.
As a provider of holidays for carers and adults with disabilities, we understand that needing a holiday is not about wanting to get away from those you care for but finding new opportunities to spend time together that is not about caring.
Taking a break or going on holiday can also help prevent feelings of burnout and being overwhelmed. It gives carers a chance to reset and reflect without all the responsibilities of caring affecting them.
Holiday Grants for Carers
There are several places you can seek support when looking to fund a holiday as a carer.
If you are a parent or a carer of a child with a disability or severe illness and are on low income, Family Fund may be able to help with a grant that can go to the cost of a holiday. This is a helpful grant for carers that want to go on holiday as a family.
Your child and family’s eligibility for the grant will be based on a ‘child and young person eligibility criteria’ in line with the social model of disability and a ‘household eligibility criteria’.
There are several holiday-based grants available, covering a number of UK family holiday providers. Along with holiday support, you can also apply for grants to help cover days out, clothing, games, kitchen appliances and more.
This organisation aims to support unpaid carers with access to short breaks by encouraging hotels and holiday spots to offer their unsold rooms as destinations for those in need of a short break.
Carefree Space’s network of Hospitality and Community Partners helps turn what could have otherwise been a costly stay into a carefree one. There is no charge for the accommodation (although you will have to cover transport and food costs etc), but there is a £25 admin fee (which can be covered by the Community Partners).
The 3H Foundation
For several decades, The 3H Foundation has been providing holiday opportunities for people with disabilities and their carers, ensuring they can find respite. Grants are awarded to low-income households and can be used by carers for a holiday with or without the person they care for.
The awarded grants are generally between £250-£500 and can be used to help cover accommodation, to be paid to the venue directly.
Due to the high number of enquiries, the grant may only be offered to those living in certain areas some years – the organisation recommend frequently checking their website to see if any further funding becomes available.
Carers may be eligible to apply for the Carers Trust grant, which is accessed through the individual’s local Carers Trust Network Partner.
The grant offers up to £300, which can be used for activities that may benefit the carer, including respite for them and their family. Those wishing to apply for this funding must be at least 16 and be an unpaid carer.
Finding the Right Holiday Grant
Disability Grants is a helpful portal for carers and people with disabilities that compiles various available grants in one place.
You can see their selection of holiday grants broken down into categories, covering holidays for carers, children with disabilities, adults with disabilities, supported holidays and more.
This is a helpful resource for researching and accessing various different grants and other funding opportunities, whether you need support with a holiday or other essentials like equipment, housing and education.
Turn2us also have a charitable grants finder feature on their website, which may prove useful in your search for the right holiday grant for where you are based.
Local Grants & Schemes
If you’re struggling to get a grant, you can also contact your local support services to find out if there are any relevant local grants that could help with the cost of a break or holiday.
Your local social services or carers’ centre should have a good idea of what is available to local residents.
Funding a Trip to Calvert Exmoor
At Calvert Exmoor, we are dedicated to providing exciting, accessible activity holidays that can be enjoyed by people with disabilities and their carers, families and friends.
We are sometimes able to provide funding directly to our guests through bursary money donated by our benefactors. Successful applicants can receive up to 30% off the total cost of your break.
This guide is by no means an exhaustive list of all the holiday grants available for carers, but hopefully, it serves as a place to start for those beginning their grant search.
To find out more about Calvert Exmoor and the work we do, see our blog, which contains guides and answers to many of the questions you may have.