Adult Services Food Bank Grants
It has been widely publicised that organisations providing direct support to families and individuals struggling to cope with financial pressures and crisis are themselves seeing their capacity to cope being stretched. With changes to the welfare system, increases in the cost of living, unemployment and economic recession key services such as food banks will see an increase in demand for their essential support.
The purpose of the Adult Services Food Bank Grant programme is to help alleviate some of the pressure placed upon these vital services and where possible increase their capacity to deliver to the wider community. These grants are part of a wider programme of activity which looks to develop existing provision and support to meet increased demand for services (food, furniture, clothing as examples) from people and families facing crisis.
Hampshire County Council is making available £35,000 to develop the network of food banks across the County by offering individual grant funding of up to £2,500 per application. We welcome applications from existing food banks and organisations wishing to develop food bank services.
Background information – Local Welfare Assistance
In Hampshire, Local Welfare Assistance is being developed in a way that not only tackles immediate crisis but addresses the reasons for why crisis has occurred enabling people to cope better in the longer term. The County Council is using the limited funding available to grow the strong network of existing community, voluntary and charitable support organisations that deliver practical information, advice and assistance to help those in difficulty.
When to apply
The window for applications is between 9am Wednesday 3 July 2013 and Friday 26 July 2013
Decisions on funding will be made by 2 August 2013 and all applicants will be notified via e-mail.
Grant criteria and eligibility
Hampshire County Council has been allocated funding to develop Local Welfare Assistance (LWA) and would like to work with food banks both existing or new to develop local provision. There is no expectation that Food Banks will operate differently to their current eligibility and delivery unless this has been outlined in the grant application.
The County Council’s approach to delivering LWA is to build upon existing community capacity and to provide additional resources to develop the offer of local organisations, services and providers working to this agenda. The aim is therefore to work with local providers who can support individuals and communities with resolving crisis or who work with them to reduce instances of future crisis.
This is a one off round of grant funding as part of Local Welfare Assistance and organisations wishing to apply for this funding must consider the long term sustainability of any changes this money will bring for August 2013 – July 2014. There is no expectation that future grants of this type will be made available.
Applications will be accepted by any organisations currently delivering food bank provision or those wishing to do so in the future within the Hampshire area.
Subject to any grant being awarded organisations will be asked to provide relevant information to evidence that they currently or will adhere to the following criteria:
- food hygiene standards
- quality control procedures
- current referral processes
- Area(s) covered
- Staffing (including any checks such as CRB)
- Level of activity – opening / delivery / remote locations etc
What is funded?
The grants can be used for a variety of activities, for instance:
- Increased availability – opening times
- Increased stock
- Increased storage capacity
- Supporting running costs / overheads
- Advertising and campaigning
- Developing new provision in underserved areas
- Exploration of access to ‘fresh goods’
- Increasing the number of vouchers available to third party referrers
- The County Council would welcome applications from partners looking to work together to strengthen the food bank offer and in these instances would consider increasing the total grant award based on the nature of the application and funding projections therein
What isn’t funded?
- Services and organisations that don’t meet acceptable standards for delivering food bank provision or for new provision, those without an understanding of what are acceptable standards
- Services operating, in the main, outside of Hampshire. It is understood that some providers may cross borders but grants awarded from this allocation should be used to support outcomes for Hampshire residents.
Organisations will not normally be eligible for grants where they hold unallocated reserves in excess of one year's running costs, or where it is judged that these reserves are unreasonably in excess of what is required or not allocated for legitimate purposes. Those organisations receiving recurring funding which hold unallocated reserves in excess of three months' running costs may receive a reduced grant.
The Adult Services Grant Programme has adopted the Charity Commission’s reserves policy in this respect. The Charity Commission’s definition of reserve is:
"Reserves are that part of a charity's unrestricted funds that is freely available to spend on any of the charity's purposes. This definition excludes restricted income funds and endowment funds, although holding such funds may influence a charity's reserves policy. Reserves will also normally exclude tangible fixed assets held for the charity's use and amounts designated for essential future spending”.
At the end of the 12 month period successful bidders will be asked to complete a short questionnaire which will show how the grant was utilised.
There is an expectation that Adult Services funded projects undertake appropriate safeguarding adult measures, including carrying out CRB checks as appropriate. Guidance regarding CRB checks for volunteers is available from Volunteering England
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