The Norfolk Millennium Trust for Carers aims to offer unpaid carers a better quality of life by giving grants for practical items like washing machines and laptops, power packs for wheelchairs and short breaks. Every year the Trust helps hundreds of carers across the county, young and old alike, from pensioners looking after a disabled spouse to children juggling schoolwork and the needs of a poorly parent.

The Trust was born out of the We Care Appeal, launched through the Eastern Daily Press, in October 1998 after research identified the huge number of unpaid carers and the need to help them. The appeal’s aim was simple – to establish an enduring charitable trust giving financial and practical help to unpaid carers in their crucial and often undervalued roles. In 2017, Norfolk Community Foundation was appointed to undertake the management and administration of the Norfolk Millennium Trust for Carers.

What can the Millennium Trust for Carers help with?

  • A holiday, short break or outing to help relieve the pressures of caring.
  • Household equipment such as a washing machine, tumble drier or fridge/freezer.
  • A computer, laptop or tablet to make school work or adult learning easier, or be a lifeline to the wider world.
  • Home improvements such as carpets, furniture, beds and mattresses, decorating and garden equipment.
  • A personal hobby, pastime or leisure activities.
  • A wheelchair power pack

What items we CANNOT assist with:

  • Items solely for the use of the cared-for.
  • Items or services that have already been purchased before receiving a grant – we cannot award retrospective grants. This includes where an item has been purchased but not paid for (e.g. a short break that has already been booked, or an item purchased on finance).
  • Payment of utility bills, council tax or rent.
  • Loans, debts or bankruptcy fees.
  • Medical services and equipment.
  • Small items of equipment for daily living e.g. fire guards, bath aids and ramps.
  • Help with moving house.
  • General subsistence costs.
  • Mobile phones.
  • Driving lessons and car maintenance.
  • Repeat items over an extended period.

Please note: The fund will not consider requests within 3 years of a previous grant. Applicants who have not previously received a grant will be prioritised if there is high competition for the available funds.

How do I apply?

Applications can be submitted at any time while the fund is open. Decisions are made on a monthly cycle and completed applications will be taken forward for a decision at the next scheduled meeting.

Before applying please read the guidance and criteria to check that your request is eligible. This can be found at the beginning of the application form.

Download and print the application form using the link to right of your screen. Alternatively, contact Norfolk Community Foundation and arrange for a form to be sent to you.

Please ensure applications are complete. For your application to be considered you need to be able to explain exactly what you need and why, the cost and how you would benefit.

Applications must be supported by a professional referee who knows about your caring situation, and has the knowledge and skill to give a meaningful opinion on your request.  A relative/ member of your family, friend or neighbour is not permitted.

Where else can you get information and advice about carers?

There are many organisations that support carers in Norfolk but a good starting point is Carers Matter Norfolk, the county support service which is completely free.

Call the Carers Matter Norfolk Advice Line on 0800 083 1148 for information, advice, guidance and listening support. Alternatively email at or visit


The Norfolk Millennium Trust for Carers main purpose is to distribute grants to support unpaid carers in the county. However, if you would like to make a donation or leave a legacy to support this work, please contact Norfolk Community Foundation 01603 623958. Cheques should be made payable to Norfolk Community Foundation, St. James Mill, Whitefriars, Norwich NR3 1TN – please make clear the donation is intended for the We Care Appeal, Norfolk Millennium Trust for Carers.