Care services minister Paul Burstow has launched a £1.39m drive to find “hidden” carers in England.
The cash will be channelled through 79 projects designed to help identify and support carers, some of whom may not even realise they have such a role.
Included are projects in Telford, Basingstoke and Derby that all target particular sections of local communities.
Mr Burstow said it was only possible to help every one of the estimated six million UK carers if they could first be identified.
“Children and teenagers are often hidden carers - they may not realise they can get help,” he said.
“With the proper help and support we can help ensure their school work doesn’t suffer so they get the same opportunities as other children.”
Mr Burstow said once carers had been pinpointed they could be pointed towards expert sources of information, advocacy and support on caring including advice on flexible working, replacement care, housing adaptations and practical help with independent living.