New Forest Local Solutions grant

Lymington and Pennington, New Milton and Totton

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 for the New Forest area focus on Lymington and Pennington, New Forest and Totton and are the first phase of this work in the New Forest with other grants becoming available for other parts of the New Forest later this year.

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 Lymington and Pennington, New Milton or Totton, 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.

Initiatives for adults with a learning disability – grants up to £3,000 per target area

Target areas: Lymington Pennington, New Milton and Totton

There is opportunity to increase the number of services welcoming adults with a learning disability. These potential beneficiaries want to be able to engage with mainstream activities, for example (but not limited to): drama, dance, singing, pottery, keep-fit and sports. However to attend these activities they require additional assistance to integrate to the mainstream opportunities available in the local area. In order to achieve these solutions are sought to enable the identified beneficiaries to integrate to these mainstream services.

Applications can include a regular workshop to attract adults with a learning disability, however the intention should be that these adults gradually integrate into being members of mainstream groups.

Saturday activities for elderly people – grants up to £2,000

Target areas: Lymington and Pennington

It has been identified that there are older adults who are lonely and socially isolated and feel more lonely during the weekends. Solutions funded under this grant should assist older adults aged 65 and over to access activities on Saturdays between the hours on 10:00am and 2:30pm with the aim of reducing loneliness and social isolation of those accessing the services. The Saturday bus service serving the Lymington and Pennington area is being re-introduced through Town Council funding which will increase the accessibility of Saturday activities for the identified group of beneficiaries.

Creative Solutions – grants up to £1,000

Target areas: Lymington and Pennington, New Milton and Totton

In addition to the specific areas of focus above, we are also interested in creative ideas which promote health, wellbeing and independence in the areas specified in the New Forest district that will enable adults to lead long, healthy, happy lives with maximum possible independence, that in-turn will prevent or delay them from requiring social care involvement.

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

  • older people aged 65 and over
  • adults with learning disabilities
  • adults with physical disabilities
  • adults with mental health difficulties

Some examples could include:

  • projects that reduce loneliness and social isolation by helping people to feel more connected to their communities
  • bringing different generations together to increase community cohesion that supports the intended beneficiaries stated above
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 August 2019 to July 2021. Grant applications for solutions in the range specified above, with the total grant fund available for the New Forest in this phase being £18,750.

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 17th June 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.


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.


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”.