The Scottish Government has set aside a budget of £400,000 to provide funding via a third round of the Carers Act Transformation Support (CATS) Fund.
The main purpose of this short-term funding is to develop local capacity through improvements to systems or technology etc. rather than delivering direct services or support to carers (which is funded locally).
The fund is open for applications from third sector organisations – charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups, based in Scotland who are currently commissioned to provide support to carers which is aligned with the implementation of the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016. This funding is to improve their capacity to carry out their role in local implementation of the Act.
Round 3 of this fund will enable third sector organisations who have a role in local implementation of the Act the opportunity to apply for small grants to:
- Develop/test new approaches in relation to contributing to specific outcomes from the Carers Act Implementation plan
- Participate in organisational training and development activities in relation to contributing to specific outcomes from the Carers Act Implementation plan
- Support IT systems purchase and development in relation to contributing to specific outcomes from the Carers Act Implementation plan
The closing date for applications is 18th July 2019 at 5pm