Autism support grant

Applicants are invited to provide a service across Hampshire to support adults with, and suspected to have, an autism spectrum condition, and their families and those connected to them, professionals and the wider community.

Who should this grant support


The service will provide advice, guidance, signposting and support in Hampshire to:
  • people with autism, their families and other people involved in the person’s life and professional’s pre diagnosis, during diagnosis and post diagnosis
  • people who do not have a diagnosis of autism or who have been referred by their GP for diagnosis
  • people after diagnosis of autism, with specific continued face to face supporting helping people understand, what it means for them, and how to make plans to make their life better
  • people who feel they present with autism characteristics, but do not have a formal diagnosis of autism, their families, others involved in the person’s life and professionals
  • anyone who wishes to gain a better understanding of autism

Area of Interest

The presence of the service needs to be seen by the beneficiaries above and be accessible across all Boroughs of Hampshire. Engagement with autism partners will assist in establishing venues and other requirements to make this a reality.

Grant solution requirements

The service will need to compliment, but also expand on the support service currently provided by the CCG commissioned Adult Autism Diagnostic Service. Links to the Children’s Autism Support Service is also required to ensure continuity.

The service will need to work closely with the Serendipity Group lead organisation to help in the expansion of volunteers for further Serendipity Groups, where there are currently identified gaps within Hampshire.

The service is expected to also provide ‘light touch’ support, as required, to accompany individuals to attend initial taster sessions to community based services and activities. Examples of such activities are Serendipity Support Groups and universal groups/services. The outcome from supporting a person to attend their initial visit, or two, will enable the person to feel more confident in attending independently. It will also identify additional needs of the person and enable additional and/or alternative taster sessions to be sourced, if required.

A telephone support service should also be provided, at least Monday to Friday working hours and should expect to receive and support approximately 6000 calls a year from people with autism, their families, paid carers/professionals. The service should be able to take crisis telephone enquiries, applicants will need to demonstrate the skills and experience to offer appropriate support in these situations. Evidence suggests such crisis calls are likely to be approximately 40 per year in number.

A clear working understanding of Hampshire’s Safeguarding Adults Procedure is necessary.

There is a need for the service to promote the services that are available in Hampshire, thus spreading the word to maximise their uptake and benefit as many people as possible. Such services include Try B4 You Buy (sensory equipment), Local Autism Directory, Autism Alert Programme with a revised App due to be launched, autism events, low cost/free autism related training to people with autism and families and the Autism Ambassador Scheme. Staff and volunteers of the service will benefit from undertaking an Autism Ambassador course to support their work, and this can be arranged.

Data collection of the type of contacts made to the service and the outcomes of those contacts needs to be recorded and used to support future planning.

The service is expected to work in partnership with all autism organisations, networks and agencies and be actively involved in shaping Hampshire’s offer to people with autism and their families. Support for this engagement will be provided by the Hampshire Autism Partnership Board and its members and autism networks.

How much can I apply for and deadlines

Period and amount

The term of the grant will be from 1st April 2019 until 31st March 2020. Grant applications for solutions in the range of £20,000 to £50,000 are expected. The amount of funding requested should reflect the extent to which the application meets part or all of the above criteria.

Deadlines and Process

All applications must be received by 10am on 30 November 2018 using the online application form and process.

The department reserves the right to share contact details of applicants with one another where proposals are complimentary.

Grant eligibility

We will consider organisations that have developed proposed solutions fulfilling our criteria, and that will comply with mutually agreed reporting and monitoring requirements. We expect voluntary and community organisations to be active and based in Hampshire. We are unable to award funding to commercial enterprises and/or individuals acting in their own capacity.

Any application must ensure:
  • proposed solutions support the priorities and objectives of Adults’ Health and Care
  • proposed solutions are for adults over 18 years living in Hampshire
  • every organisation in the application has a minimum of 3 people on its management committee as per Charity Commission guidelines
And where appropriate, depending on the grant sum requested, the organisation shall:
  • evidence policies in place relevant to the level of funding applied for
  • have a specific adult/child protection policy which includes obtaining checks carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) in relation to regulated activities
  • have in place insurance arrangements in respect of staff, volunteers, users and third parties

If core costs are to be funded, organisations must show how this relates to delivery of service and accomplishment of grants priorities.

Grant exclusions

Exclusions include:

  • proposed solutions or applying organisations that do not meet the programme’s eligibility
  • proposed solutions that are already provided under contract to the Adults’ Health and Care Department
  • capital grants (i.e. for equipment repair, maintenance and routine improvements) – there is funding in place elsewhere, but this programme is for projects only
  • proposed solutions that are solely within the unitary authority areas of Portsmouth City Council and Southampton City Council
  • any party political activity
  • proposed solutions that cater for one religious group, or promote or incite discriminatory practice
  • funding cannot be used for proposed solutions where there is a responsibility for them to be funded from the local precept , school or other service funds

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 Adults’ Health and Care 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”.

Contact us

If you require further information, please contact the Grants team by:


Telephone 01962 847131 or 01962 826922