Caring for Carers 2018

Applications for funding are currently being invited. All applications must be submitted online. Guidelines for applicants, along with eligibility criteria and information about the application process can be found below.

Carers make a vital, hidden contribution to the health and wellbeing of the nation, yet they can often feel socially isolated, lacking support and a sense of community. 

Many carers report that caring has taken a toll on their own health. Carers UK's State of Caring 2018, which surveyed more than 7,000 carers, showed that 72% of carers have experienced mental ill health as a result of caring and 61% have experienced physical ill health.

There are more than one million carers aged over 65 in the UK. It is estimated that carers aged over 70 provide more than 60 hours of care a week and that almost one in ten carers are aged over 85. 

In this funding programme the Bupa UK Foundation is looking to support practical, community focused projects designed to help older carers to manage and improve their own health and wellbeing.

Guidelines for applicants


Please note, this programme is only open to organisations that can demonstrate a track record of engaging, working with and supporting carers.  

In deciding which projects to fund we pay particular attention to who will benefit, the difference a project is likely to make to their health and wellbeing, and how this will be demonstrated, using simple and realistic measures.  We also consider how a project might deliver a longer legacy or learning that can be shared more widely.

If you decide to apply, please ensure your application fits all the following criteria:

  • Your organisation can clearly evidence a track record of engaging, working with and supporting carers.
  • Your project focuses on carers, rather than on those they care for. If carers are able to look after their own health, those they care for benefit too.
  • Your project will support older carers (those aged over 65) directly and specifically.
  • Your project aims to support or improve health and wellbeing. In your application you will need to outline the difference your project is likely to make to people's health and wellbeing and how you intend to measure this. 

The maximum level of funding available for each grant awarded within this funding programme is £20,000. You are advised to apply for the level of funding you think your project requires to the deliver the outputs and impact you outline in your application. Projects awarded funding from the Bupa UK Foundation automatically receive an uplift of 15% of the level of funding awarded as a contribution to core costs.

We are looking to support a wide range of initiatives delivered by different organisations across the UK, however, please note that respite breaks and holidays are not eligible for funding within this programme. 

Applications must be submitted through the Bupa UK Foundation's online application system and only one application will be considered per organisation. 

About the process

There are three stages to our grant-making.  First we review the summary information you provide about your project online (Stage 1).  Applications that most clearly fit the application criteria are then invited to submit more detailed information (Stage 2).  In the final stage (Stage 3), a small number of applications will be considered by the Bupa UK Foundation's Board of Trustees, who make all final funding decisions. 

We will aim to advise all applicants whether they have been successful in progressing to Stage 2 within 6 weeks of the closing date.

Eligibility criteria

Before committing time and energy to preparing an application, please ensure you have read the guidelines above and that your project meets the Bupa UK Foundation's funding criteria.  As detailed below, a number of areas of work are not eligible for funding from the Bupa UK Foundation, specifically:

  • work that does not fall within the scope of the Bupa UK Foundation's charitable purposes
  • work that is not clearly aligned with the stated funding priorities of a specific funding programme
  • projects delivered outside the UK
  • long-term projects and initiatives – we expect the vast majority of projects funded by the Bupa UK Foundation to be delivered within 12 to 18 months
  • projects delivered by local authorities or housing associations
  • work which might reasonably be eligible for funding from statutory bodies
  • projects delivered by entities that are not formally or legally constituted, such as social clubs
  • general awareness or information campaigns
  • respite breaks or cover for respite breaks, day trips and holidays
  • sponsorship of or attendance at meetings, events and conferences
  • fundraising appeals, including requests for contributions to capital or equipment costs
  • unrestricted funding for charities or other organisations
  • educational bursaries or grants for university or postgraduate education, school trips or projects, gap year or elective year projects
  • academic research, including funding for educational or research posts