Local Solutions grant

What we are looking for

We welcome applications from organisations that can develop and deliver projects which will deliver one or more of the below outcome to residents. Whilst not essential we would look favourably on projects which deliver and demonstrate partnership working across multiple organisations.

It is increasingly important to demonstrate how any proposal will remain sustainable beyond any agreed grant funded period and this will need to be demonstrated in any project outline.

These grants are part of our local solutions programme that will be made available in all districts of Hampshire (excluding Southampton, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight), with decisions on applications based on the level of need seeking to be addressed as determined by Public Health data (documented on links below).

Please make reference, where possible to the data which supports the identified need being addressed by your project in the locality you wish it to operate.

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 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.

The development of the Local Solution Grants projects will be shaped by engagement with local stakeholders as well as national measures. Whilst we welcome applications from a wide range of diverse organisations, it is essential that projects seek to address at least one of the outcomes below in order to be considered for funding and too 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 one or more geographical areas, increasing capacity and building local resilience to deal with increased demand for Adults Health services.

Intended Beneficiaries

Work undertaken has identified development opportunities to support individuals with the following categories within this grant:

  • older people aged 75 and over
  • adults with learning disabilities
  • adults with physical disabilities
  • adults with mental health difficulties
  • those with unpaid caring responsibilities for another adult
Outcomes required

We see projects which deliver on or more of the below outcomes

  1. People are safer in their own homes
  2. Carers feel more supported.
  3. Finance and money management support for those who cannot access existing services
  4. Reduction in an individual’s social isolation and loneliness
  5. Supporting people with physical or learning disabilities in developing and enhancing independent living skills and accessing local services
  6. Enabling access/use of necessary facilities or services in community: including local transport, and recreational facilities and services
  7. Helping to prevent falls.

Whilst match funding is not essential, those applications which have sought funding from a diverse range of sources will be looked upon favourably. It is recognised that applicants will have varying levels of resources and reserves, therefore some flexibility will be permitted in terms of the amount of match funding required. Schemes will be assessed upon the value and financial saving the scheme will create to the community and in support of County Council services.

Further to this we require that all projects are approached in the spirit of cooperation and collaboration, both with Hampshire County Council and with other charity, community and voluntary organisations involved. Amendments to the application process have been made to facilitate this and applications which have sought to work with and alongside other organisations and Hampshire County Council in a collaborative manner will be looked upon favourably.

Prior to the signing of any Grant Agreement all monitoring and evaluation documents will be discussed with the applicant so agreement can be reached prior to the project live date. Monitoring and evaluation is essential as part of any grant application as Hampshire County Council has a responsibility to ensure funds are spent in a correct and beneficial manner. Outcomes and evaluation will also be used to shape future funding and local provision to ensure the sharing of best practice and lessons learned from successful projects.

Period and amount

The duration and length of the grant can vary but all activity, delivery and evaluation will be required to be concluded by 31 March 2026. Grant applications for solutions in the range of £1000 to £10,000 are expected though the maximum amount which any applicant can apply for is £30,000 per project. The amount of funding requested should reflect the extent to which the application meets part or all of the above outcomes, the number of residents supported and the complexity of the support.

Deadlines and process

This is an open grant round for financial years 2023/24 and 2024/25 with the official closing date for approving submissions being 1 December 2024. As money is finite projects will be allocated and approved on a first submitted first considered basis and therefore it may be required to close the grant to new applications once all resources have been allocated.

The 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 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
  • meet the service gaps identified and provide solutions which seek to mitigate them.
  • 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
  • The scheme will deliver measurable results against the priorities of the Fund
  • The scheme has a project or business plan along with any additional documentation deemed necessary by the County Council service involved. For example, safeguarding measures for schemes engaging social isolation, or design standards for rights of way projects. Templates and support will be provided as necessary
  • Clear demonstration that without support from the Fund the scheme would not be able to proceed at all or to the extent outlined in the application
  • Applicants with significant funds in place or higher levels of reserves must demonstrate why investment from the Fund is needed
  • It is recognised that applicants will have varying levels of resources and reserves, therefore some flexibility will be permitted in terms of the amount of match funding required. Schemes will be assessed upon the value and financial saving the scheme will create to the community and in support of County Council services
  • If the scheme is ongoing, how it will remain sustainable after the initial investment has been made
  • An effective monitoring and reporting process are in place, including a final review of the benefits of continuing and/or variability of wider roll out of the scheme to more communities

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”. 

First step? Contact the Team

If you are a representative of a voluntary or community sector organisation, charity, CIO or CIC with an idea or even have a 'ready to go project' and want to know more then please get in touch with the team at [email protected]

We will be able to discuss how your goals can relate to the Fund priorities and take you through the next steps, and the details needed to secure funding.