Learning Disability Grant - application notes
To apply electronically, you must have a valid email address.
Organisation Details (Questions 2-6)
This is the main organisation that would be responsible for the grant.
Your Project/Activity (Questions 7-10)
Question 8b Details of project
This is an opportunity to describe the project in more detail, for example the type of service/project. This could include whether the application aims to improve community access and social inclusion, develop friendship networks, develop a Safer Places scheme in your Local Implementation Group (LIG) area and how you will deliver this. Please also state which priorities your project/ service is linked to, e.g. Adult Services Departmental priorities, Valuing People now, or Hampshire Learning Disability (LD) Strategy.
Include details of the total number of adults with learning disabilities that will benefit from your project/service and if appropriate the number of carers. Please also state the number of organisations you may be working in partnership with to deliver the project/service. Also state what the funding will pay for, for example core running costs, salaries, venue hire, volunteer expenses, transport costs.
Question 8c Project outcomes
Please tell us what differences your project/service/activity will make to the people attending. This may be for the people attending or the volunteers. Consider this in terms of the following Hampshire Open for Business priorities and outcomes:
Improved quality of life for all, particularly those who are vulnerable or disadvantaged
- Improved Health and Wellbeing
- Reduced inequalities
- Safer communities
- Prevention through invest to save
- Safeguard and support vulnerable children and adults
Enhance community engagement and partnership working – strengthening/empowering communities
- Resilient communities, less dependent on some Council services
- A vibrant, not for profit sector, helping to shape and deliver public services
- Develop new models of service provision, meeting the challenges of reduced resource and evolving national policies, whilst improving the quality of services for users.
Enhanced organisational and public sector capacity with reduced overheads.
Valuing People Now focuses on four key priority areas of Rights, Choice, Independence and Inclusion. Within these four areas more specific targets have been identified:
1. Developing Leadership and Service User Involvement
- More choice and control over services.
- Control over when these services are needed.
- Enabling people to have more control over their lives
- Supporting carers
- Day service modernisation
- Self Directed Support
- Person Centred Planning
- Transition into adult Life
- Including Everyone – BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) groups
- Promoting good health within the community.
- Reducing health inequalities.
- Better health care from GP’s, Dentists and Hospitals
- Access to mainstream health services to prevent people living in long stay hospitals (LBHU)
- NHS Campus Reprovision (Although specific money is identified for this target elsewhere)
- Finding somewhere to live.
- Finding somewhere to live with people that you want to live with.
- Having real tenancies and secure housing
- Supported Living approaches for people living with older family carers
- Finding somewhere to work
- Getting paid for that work
Finance (Questions 11-15)
Question 11 Financial reserves
Please refer to the Financial Eligibility section of these guidance notes for further information on financial eligibility and a definition of organisational reserves.
Question 12 Costs required to carry out your project
Please provide a breakdown of the expenditure of your project/service. Provide details where appropriate of staff costs, volunteer expenses, management costs, running costs, hall hire, transport costs. Please note for applications under £5000 we would not expect a high level of detail.
Question 13 Income
Adult Services grants are awarded as a contribution towards service/project costs. We expect your organisation to find additional funding from other sources. This may be by securing grants from other organisations, through member contributions, using your organisation’s own funds, or contribution in kind e.g. through volunteer time. We recognise volunteers offer a range of skills and experience, but in order to keep it simple, to calculate their time, please use the national minimum wage.
Question 14 Finance summary
Please state how much funding you require from the Adult Services Grant Programme.
Note: Grants awarded from the Adult Services Grant Programme are a contribution to the overall cost of the project/service. The amount you are applying for should therefore be less than the total expenditure of the project/service.
General Information (Questions 16 -20)
Question 16 Quality mark
Your organisation does not need to have a quality mark to receive a grant from Adult Services. We are aware that you can work towards high quality standards without such a mark, they may not be appropriate for your service, or that achieving a quality mark takes time and resources your organisation may not have. We have noticed a number of organisations that have previously received grant funding from Adult Services now have or are working towards a quality mark, including Practical Quality Assurance for Small Organisations (PQASSO), Investors in People or the Legal Services Commission General Quality Mark. If you are interested in learning more about quality marks please contact your local Council for Voluntary Service (CVS).
Question 20 Equalities
Please answer all three parts as best you can. We are not looking for comprehensive policies – just some bullet points, for example: thorough training; information sessions, staff guidebook etc. In addition to information about your policies and procedures please outline how the aims of your project will contribute towards a, b and c.
Examples of things which may be relevant to include are:
- We have an equality and diversity policy. We ensure our staff receive equalities and diversity training. We actively encourage and support all sectors of the community including those having protected characteristics to take part in this project.
- We have an open and transparent recruitment and promotion policy.
- The organisation’s culture fully embraces diversity.
- Our constitution/ this project focuses on fostering good community relations across all sectors of society by...
- This project will advance equality of opportunity for everyone by…
Documentation to be submitted
You only need to send same document once over 12 month period. If you have sent us your documents in the last 12 months please tell us the grant reference number to which they were attached if possible.
We would appreciate electronic document attachments. If, however, you only have a paper copy please write this in the documentation section and send a paper copy in to Florence Garland (details at the end of these notes).
- Applications under £5,000 – no documents are required to be submitted with this application
- Applications £5000 and over – the latest annual accounts, adults safeguarding policy and child protection policy.
Monitoring Information (Questions 21-22)
This information will help us to plan and fund areas of work where there are significant gaps and needs. If you need to collect this information from your staff or service users then it is important that you give them a choice as to whether they choose to give this personal information.
There is an expectation that Adult Services funded projects undertake appropriate safeguarding adult/children measures, including carrying out CRB checks as appropriate. Guidance regarding CRB checks for volunteers is available from Volunteering England.
Hampshire County Council also publishes practical information on protecting vulnerable adults from abuse.
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Learning Disability Commissioning Team
3rd Floor Elizabeth II Court West
Winchester, SO23 8UQ.
Telephone: 01962 847667