Fareham Local Solutions grant

What we are looking for

We welcome applications from organisations that can develop and deliver solutions in the areas of need identified below.

These grants are part of our local solutions programme that will be made available in all districts of Hampshire, following work in local communities to identify need. These Local Solutions grants are for the Fareham area.

Background – why a focus on local solutions?

The vision for Adults’ Health and Care as detailed in the strategy is “for Hampshire residents to live long, healthy and happy lives with the maximum possible independence”. These grants are designed to support this vision and to likely prevent or delay them from requiring social care involvement in the near future.

Across Hampshire there are local initiatives, support networks and services achieving positive outcomes for adults every day. A strength-based approach values these local provisions and seeks to enable them to further develop, be sustained and grow. This approach recognises that the County Council is often not the only, or the best, source of help for local people.

Services developed though this locality focused approach (either through building capacity in existing provision or through new initiatives) are likely to enable early prevention support, as well as shaping options which may be attractive alternatives to some traditional services currently available for individuals, carers and families. This will help to ensure that local people have effective support available now and in to the future.

The prioritisation of localities to focus upon within this approach has been informed by data on demographics, existing and projected social care demand, and feedback from stakeholders. Alongside the Local Solution Grants, there will be grants for support and services which continue to be required via a model of countywide provision.

The focus and criteria for each Local Solution Grant has been shaped by engagement with local stakeholders. This engagement has informed identification of the local priorities, the outcomes which are important to be achieved and the potential type of solution which could be developed.  Some grants are more specific in what is being asked to be delivered and others outline more generally the focus of the change required. Across all, it will be looked for the successful bidder(s) to ensure local insight and expertise continue to shape the support and services as they further develop, in order to deliver positive outcomes.

Applicants are invited to provide a range of targeted services in Fareham, increasing capacity and building local resilience to deal with increased demand for Adults' Health services.

Solutions required

For all solutions required, partnership applications between two or more local organisations are welcomed.

The grant funding is available for training / delivery / equipment.

Maintaining independence with finances, correspondence, paperwork and appointments

Target area: Fareham borough

We are looking to support projects which seek to enable adults to manage their general finances, correspondence, paperwork and appointments independently. The service will include enabling people to say what they want and obtain services they need. We envisage this to have a focus on promoting independence, but may include non-time limited support, including home visits if necessary.

This grant is open to organisations across the Fareham borough; however, if you are only able to offer this type of service to a specific area within the Borough, please still submit your application.

We anticipate that a key element of this project will be to develop a skilled volunteer base who can offer high quality support to individuals. We expect that this project will complement other support services across the borough; a knowledge of which is expected to be demonstrated within the application.

Creative Solutions

Target area: Fareham

In addition to the specific area of focus above, we are also interested in creative ideas which promote health, wellbeing and independence for adults living in the Fareham borough. We are particularly interested in project ideas that are inclusive of adults with care and/ or support needs.

Some examples could include:

  • projects that reduce loneliness and social isolation by helping people to feel more connected to their communities
  • Support for people who have been bereaved
  • Increasing access to technology
Who should apply

We are seeking for well managed initiatives that are creative and engaging. Applications must demonstrate how the solution will become sustainable beyond the life of this grant, by for example securing funding from other sources, charging a small participant contribution or small membership fee. Successful applicants will receive information and support from the County Council to assist with the sustainable delivery of the solution in to the future.

A clear working understanding of Hampshire County Council policy and procedure is required.

Monitoring of outcomes and demonstration of value for monies provided will be critical to assessment of future scope for similar projects in other areas of Hampshire. Data collection required in order to assess and monitor the success of each project must be handled in accordance with GDPR legislation and Hampshire County Council procedures.

The individual solutions are expected to, where possible link in with other networks and agencies and across Hampshire to increase capacity and support for both users of services and their families and support network.

Period and amount
The term of the grant will be from December 2019 to November 2021. Grant applications for solutions in the range specified above, with the total grant fund available for Fareham being £40,000. The amount of funding requested should reflect the extent to which the application meets part or all of the above criteria.
When and how to apply

All applications must be received by 10am on 11 October 2019 using the online application form.

The Adults' Health and Care department reserves the right to share contact details of applicants with one another where proposals are complimentary.

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 accessible to their intended beneficiaries
  • proposed solutions are for adults over 18 years living in Hampshire
  • every organisation in the application has a minimum of three people on its management committee as per Charity Commission guidelines
  • meet the service gaps identified and provide solutions which seek to mitigate them.
  • These grant solutions have been created after consultation with users, providers, town and parish councils.

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.

Exclusions

We can't fund:

  • 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
  • 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”.