Hampshire County Council Grants

Learning Disability Grant

Hampshire Adult Services encourages proposals for projects that can clearly demonstrate how they will improve the lives of people with learning disabilities and family carers through meeting Hampshire’s Open for Business Plan 2011-13, Valuing People Now objectives and the aims of the Learning Disability Strategy for Hampshire. These include the following:

  • Improve quality of life for all, particularly those who are vulnerable or disadvantaged
  • Enhance community engagement and partnership working – strengthening/empowering communities
  • Develop new models of service provision, meeting the challenges of reduced resource and evolving national policies, whilst improving the quality of services for users.

When to apply

The Adult Services Learning Disabilities grant programme is an annual programme and has one grant round per year.

Adult Services is undertaking a review of its grants programmes and will be engaging with all relevant stakeholders in 2015 as part of this process.

The purpose of this review is to ensure that our grant making processes are as fair, open and transparent as they can be and that grants are used in the best possible way to meet the priorities of the County Council, the needs of the residents of Hampshire, as well as ensuring effective resources for Hampshire’s voluntary and community sector.

As a result of this review the opening of the grants portal will be delayed until the review has been concluded. Further updates will be posted on this webpage, in due course.

Grant eligibility criteria

There are a number of priorities against which the applications will be considered. These include:

Adult Services departmental priorities

  • Promoting personalisation and enhancing quality of life for people with care and support needs
  • Preventing deterioration, delaying dependency and supporting recovery
  • Engaging and empowering service users and carers
  • Supporting user led work
  • Strong user involvement in safeguarding work

Valuing People:

  • Rights
  • Choice
  • Inclusion
  • Independence

Valuing People Now and Hampshire LD Strategy

  • Personalisation
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Employment
  • Developing leadership/service user and carer involvement

Grant applications need to illustrate how outcomes, progress and change can be measured and monitored against the above objectives. Grant applications need to demonstrate outcomes are achievable within a year or sustainable beyond that through other means as continued grant funding cannot be guaranteed. Applications for funding for continuation of current projects must demonstrate effective use of the previous funding and outcomes achieved.

Bids will also be assessed against the strength of partnership working involved and how they fit within existing plans. Bids will not be considered where it would be expected funding should be available via statutory agencies to meet core business.

It is recommended that proposals are discussed with relevant agencies, organisations and professionals already involved in work within the priority areas .

Successful organisations will be expected to contribute to newsletters, Partnership Board and Local Implementation Group meetings and provide annual reports where appropriate. They will be asked to demonstrate value for money in achieving positive change for people with learning disabilities in Hampshire and the surrounding areas through targeted outcomes.

Hampshire Adult Services will encourage self monitoring and evaluation to help improve LD Grant funding outcomes and will promote the wider sharing of this learning to improve practice, influence local and national policy and legislation and demonstrate public accountability. Reporting to the LDPB will ensure systems are in place for sharing findings through appropriate formats.

What is funded?

The grant can be awarded to contribute towards service/project costs and/or core costs including salaries.

What isn’t funded?

  • Services and organisations that don’t meet the programme’s criteria.

  • Services provided by an organisation under contract to the Adult Services Department

  • Capital grants (i.e. for equipment)

  • Generic counselling services

  • Services provided solely within the unitary authority areas of Portsmouth City Council and Southampton City Council

  • For organisations to publish material which appears to be designed to affect public support for a political party.

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. 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”.

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Learning Disability Commissioning Team
3rd Floor Elizabeth II Court West
The Castle
Winchester, SO23 8UQ.  

Telephone: 01962 847667