Hampshire County Council Grants

Children's Services Integrated (CSI) Grant Programme

We have updated this guidance to support organisations in completing CSI grant applications for 2016/17.

Read each section carefully to ensure your application meets the eligibility criteria for funding before applying for a grant.

Any applications received that state the sole use of CSI grant for delivery will not be eligible. Please ensure your application demonstrates additional support from other funding sources such as trusts, district/borough councils, businesses or other sponsorship.

As in previous years, it is anticipated that the 2016/17 funding round will be extremely competitive. Highest priority will be given to well evidenced projects, targeting specific support/intervention to an identified vulnerable group(s) of children or young people that meet the appropriate Children’s Trust threshold of need and have secured adequate additional funding.

If you are unsure as to whether your project meets the CSI grant programme criteria please contact the team at: Childrens.Services.Procurement.Unit@hants.gov.uk

Grant Purpose

The Children's Services Integrated Grant (CSI) process supports projects delivered by the voluntary and not for profit sector operating within Hampshire.

Applicants should note that CSI grant funding is to be targeted to specific vulnerable groups for 2016/17.

The identified vulnerable groups are prioritised within the Hampshire Children and Young People’s Plan.

When submitting grant applications all applicants are required to use The Hampshire Children’s Trust Thresholds Chart  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 262kB to clarify the level of intervention your project will provide to vulnerable children and young people.

Please be aware that only grant applications that target the following identified vulnerable groups and clearly outline the level of intervention the project will provide, will be put through to the scrutiny and award process.  


Counselling, either paid or voluntary, is to be undertaken by professionally qualified Counsellors who are on a register that has been approved by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) Accredited Voluntary Register (AVR) scheme. Currently this includes the following organisations:

  • BACP – British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • NCS – National Counselling Society
  • UKCP – UK Counselling and Psychotherapy

The minimum level of qualification to be held by a Counsellor is a Diploma in Counselling.

Applications for counselling projects must evidence that counsellors and supervisors employed or volunteering within the project are on a register with an accredited body as outlined above and demonstrate how their service will meet the following criteria:

  • Trainee counsellors must evidence student membership of one of the above counselling bodies with an expectation of registering, upon qualification, for full membership.
  • Limiting the use of trainees to a few hours of well supervised counselling per week and not using them in place of qualified counsellors.
  • A written contract between the counsellor and their client outlining the expectations of both parties; to be used to inform the monitoring process.
  • Provide quarterly monitoring reports which include:
    • Feedback from all service users and service referrers
    • Number of users
    • Case studies
    • Engagement of individuals
    • Number of organisational and self referrals
    • Record of any complaints
  • Ensure a robust complaints procedure is in place that outlines how a young person can make a complaint, with adult support, if required.
  • Each project should aim to have organisational membership.
  • Counsellors must hold current registration with a PSA AVR and checks carried out to ensure adequate professional indemnity insurance and DBS is in place.

Young Carers

According to the Office for National Statistics Census 2011 data 4,109 young people in Hampshire aged between 0 and 18 years provide some form of unpaid care for between 1 and 50+ hours per week.  The majority of these young carers are aged between 10 and 16 years but some are as young as 5 years old.

Applications for young carers projects should evidence how their service will:

  • assess and respond to individual young carers’ needs

  • enable young carers to benefit from peer support

  • provide opportunities for young carers to enjoy respite from their caring role

  • provide opportunities for young carers to make friends, have fun and escape from their caring role

  • provide young carers with a safe and supportive environment to discuss their situation, explore their feelings and develop confidence

  • provide one to one individualised support

  • support young carers in making referrals to Hampshire County Council for assessment and support

Other CYPP Priorities:

  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender

  • Black, minority, ethnic, Traveller or young people who are are facing barriers to participation or experiencing prejudice and discrimination because of their ethnic background (including refugees and asylum seekers)

  • Young offenders

  • Young parents

  • Living in relative poverty

  • Children in care (including post adoption)  

  • Disadvantaged because of learning difficulties and/or disabilities*

*Please refer to the Short Breaks website as this may be a more appropriate funding stream for your project. If uncertain about which grant to apply for then please contact either the CSI Grant or Short Breaks team to discuss your application.

Scrutiny of Applications

A central panel will be held with representation from Early Help Hubs. Early Help Hub Managers will collate comments from local stakeholders and will feed back to the central panel. The process aligns to the Council's Early Help Hub structures and to be proportionate to the amount of grant available.

When to apply

Applications can be made via the Council’s Web Page for Children’s Services Grants. The portal will be open for a period of 4 weeks opening on Tuesday 27 October and closing on Tuesday 24 November 2015.

Please note there will only be one CSI Grant round for 2016/17 funding therefore applications should be  for annual costs where required.

Grants are available to fund projects from 1st April 2016 – 31st March 2017.

Eligibility and criteria and who can apply:

Voluntary, community and not for profit organisations. These are also known as ‘third sector’ organisations, as they are separate from the public and private sectors. They are value-led organisations established for social purposes rather than the pursuit of profit.

They include:

  • registered and unregistered charities
  • voluntary and community groups
  • co-operatives
  • faith organisations
  • social enterprises

A social enterprise is a business with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are principally reinvested for that purpose in the business or in the community, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners. Within this definition, social enterprises can take on a variety of legal forms, including:

  • unincorporated associations
  • trusts
  • limited companies
  • some industrial and provident societies such as community benefit societies
  • Community Interest Companies
  • charitable incorporated organisations.

Consortia or partnerships made up of these groups are also able to apply.

While you do not need to be a registered charity to apply for funding, your organisation must have a written governing document which details your aims, objectives and methods of working (for example, a constitution, set of rules or trust deed) and your own bank account.

Voluntary and community organisations must have at least three unrelated people on their governing body, management committee or board of directors.

Your organisation should be open to all members of the community with interests relevant to your publicly stated aims.

To be eligible for support the organisation must:

  • Benefit vulnerable children, young people and their families and carers in the Hampshire County Council area (not Southampton, Portsmouth or the Isle of Wight).

  • Demonstrate how the provision meets local need and priorities.

  • Applicants are required to use the Hampshire Children’s Trust Thresholds Chart  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 262kB to identify the level of intervention provided by the project. The Thresholds Chart helps to identify how your project is targeted. Using the levels in this tool, Level Two Early Help and Level Three Targeted Early Help projects will be prioritised for funding.

  • Apply for funding from other sources such as trusts, district/borough councils, businesses or other sponsorship or contribute to the costs in kind. Find information about different funding opportunities.

  • Organisations are required to ascertain the levels of insurance cover they require and have in place and maintain adequate insurance cover. It is your responsibility to ensure you have all necessary cover in place; this includes all appropriate insurance for any project activity you provide, including Employee and Public Liability insurance. All organisations providing advice and or counselling services to young people must hold adequate Professional Indemnity Insurance. Please note that the Council may ask you to provide copies of your insurance cover prior to any grant payments being made.

  • Have current policy statements and guidelines in place for Safeguarding, Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety, and Quality Assurance (where applicable).

  • Ensure all staff, both paid and voluntary have an up to date Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure check and appropriate training to include Safeguarding.

Financial eligibility

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.

The Children’s Services Grant Programme has adopted the Charity Commission’s reserves policy in this respect.

The Charity Commission’s definition of reserve is:

Income funds that are freely available for its general (unrestricted) purposes. "Reserves" are therefore the resources the organisation has or can make available to spend, for any or all of the charity's purposes, once it has met its commitments and covered its other planned expenditure. It is not yet spent, committed or designated.

Grants are generally a contribution to core costs or service/project costs. We expect your organisation to secure additional funding from other sources, to contribute to the costs in kind (through volunteer time, for example), or both. In the current financial climate it is even more essential that projects or organisations applying for funding are able to demonstrate a direct and demonstrable, cost effective impact on the priorities outlined above.

Who we can’t fund:

  • Individuals
  • Statutory organisations (including all schools)
  • Private businesses, ‘for profit’ organisations or projects.
  • Projects that promote religious or political beliefs
  • Services that do not benefit children and young people aged 0-19 years (Up to 25 for a young person with a disability or a care leaver)
  • Services and organisations that do not meet the programme’s criteria or priorities. (Examples could be Childcare provision, After School Clubs, services delivered to schools, support or promotion of political or religious activity, land purchases, large equipment/capital purchases, or refurbishments).
  • Activities or services that any schools/colleges have a statutory responsibility to provide for example, curriculum based activities or any activity taking place during curriculum time. Projects should be delivered before or after school, during lunch time or in the holidays unless you are able to provide a good reason in your application why this is not possible.
  • Services already commissioned via a contract for the Children’s Services Department.
  • Services provided solely within the unitary authority areas of Portsmouth City Council, Isle of Wight, Southampton City Council or outside Hampshire, which do not support children and young people living in Hampshire.

If you are in any doubt as to whether your project qualifies, we would recommend that you speak to an Officer before submitting an application.


If successful, projects will be required to sign a grant agreement and submit project targets to tell us what they aim to achieve over the duration of the grant period. As your project targets will depend on the value of grant you are awarded we will confirm these with you separately once an award has been agreed.

Successful projects will be required to submit 6 months and end of year self monitoring reports to feedback how the project is being delivered and evidence how the proposed outcomes and targets have been met. Depending on the value of the grant and the nature of your service a review visit may also be arranged.

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Children's Services Procurement Unit
3rd Floor Elizabeth II Court North
The Castle
Winchester SO23 8UG

Telephone 01962 846094 or 01962 845308

E-mail childrens.services.procurement.unit@hants.gov.uk

The unit can provide guidance on the suitability of projects, and support organisations to apply for a grant, however staff will be unable to comment on individual draft applications due to the volume received.