Supporting Families Transitional small grants round - Autumn 2019

Applications need to be submitted electronically using the link at the bottom of this page.
You will see confirmation of your application and a grant reference number upon submission.
  • A new and innovative service that supports families that meet and compliment the supporting families’ principles, e.g. the whole family approach.
  • Existing programmes and projects that can demonstrate they adhere to the principles of the Supporting Families Programme and have had a positive impact on the whole family or community by making significant and sustainable progress. These projects will need to demonstrate previous successful outcomes.
  • Projects that will support the transition plans of the local SFP district groups in continuing the legacy of the Supporting Families Programme. 
 

 

Grant purpose

Hampshire County Council is inviting applications for innovative and transitional approaches that continue to support families with multiple problems during and post the end of the Supporting Families Programme (SFP).

The Supporting Families Programme has been delivered since 2012 and is currently due to end in March 2021 (this has been extended from March 2020). The programme has and continues to make lasting positive changes to lives of some of the most vulnerable families and communities across Hampshire. Hampshire County Council, by funding initiatives, would like districts/partnerships to continue the legacy and principles of the supporting families programme post March 2021 and the small grants process will assist in the transition of this.

The programme currently works with families who cause high costs to the public purse and have problems relating to:

  • Children with poor school attendance or excluded from school
  • Family members offending or committing anti-social behaviour
  • Families claiming out of work benefits/at risk of financial exclusion e.g with unmanaged debts/at risk of eviction
  • Children you need early help e.g children who fail to thrive or go missing
  • Families with domestic violence/abuse issues
  • Families with health issues e.g substance misuse/mental health/obesity/malnutrition
Eligibility criteria and who can apply

Applications can be made by voluntary, community and not for profit organisations which include:

  • Registered and Unregistered charities
  • Voluntary and community groups
  • Co-operatives
  • Faith organisations
  • Social enterprises inclusive of unincorporated associations, trusts, limited company’s community interest companies, charitable incorporated organisations
  • Registered Housing providers
  • District and Borough Councils in Hampshire
Who we can't fund

Hampshire County Council’s standard grant conditions stipulate that the following are not able to apply for grant funding:

  • Individuals
  • Organisations already commissioned for the same project/service via a contract or grant agreement from Hampshire County Council
  • The unitary authority areas of Portsmouth City Council, Isle of Wight, Southampton City Council or outside Hampshire that do not support families living in Hampshire
Type of projects/initiatives are covered by the scheme

Applications can be made for:

  • A new and innovative service that supports families that meet and compliment the supporting families’ principles, e.g. the whole family approach.
  • Existing programmes and projects that can demonstrate they adhere to the principles of the Supporting Families Programme and have had a positive impact on the whole family or community by making significant and sustainable progress. These projects will need to demonstrate previous successful outcomes.
  • Projects that will support the transition plans of the local SFP district groups in continuing the legacy of the Supporting Families Programme.

In particular, but not exclusively we are looking for ways to complement existing support provision for

  • Families effected by child or adult mental wellbeing.
  • Families requiring support with sustainable debt and budget management/advice. 
  • Children with poor school attendance or excluded from school.
  • Children at risk of involvement in violence.

All applications will need the support of the local Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) for the Supporting Families Programme in district(s) covered by the application. Ideally applications will also be supported by the relevant Early Help Hub Co-ordinator(s).

Exclusions

  • Any activity that is considered part of the core tasks of SFP commissioned intensive family support providers.
  • Any activity that is included in a commissioned/contracted activity that is fully funded by Hampshire County Council.
  • Any activity that is already fully funded by Hampshire County council’s other grant schemes.
  • Any universal service that does not compliment or enhance partnership working with the districts supporting family’s local delivery and if applicable the local co-ordination group.
When to apply

The small grants application process will open from the 4thth October 2019 until Midnight 3rd November 2019.

The grant will be available to fund projects for the period 1st January 2020- 31st March 2021. At present there are no plans to extend the funds beyond March 2021.

Applications received after the deadline for application or incomplete applications will be disqualified and not considered.

Successful applicants will be notified by email by the Supporting Families Programme central team week commencing the 2nd December 2019.

Application process

Organisations/groups applying for the grant must complete the appropriate application using the electronic application process. (paper applications will not be accepted) The grants website address is https://grantsform.hants.gov.uk/  

How will the applications be assessed?

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria and aims:

  • Clear commitment to the whole family approach.
  • How the proposal will improve joint working, it’s commitment to inter-agency working and promotion of the early help offer and early prevention.
  • If it is a new project/initiative, the level of innovation and creativity.
  • How the proposal will improve outcomes for families especially with issues linked to either education, metal wellbeing, debt management or youth violence or a combination of these.
  • Applications that complement the districts SFP transition plan and can demonstrate the continuation of the supporting families programme principles and sustainability post March 2021.
  • Clear information on when spending will occur and how the organisation will demonstrate/record positive outcomes for the duration of the project.

To be eligible for support the organisation must:

  • Provide evidence that they have consulted and received support from the SRO for Supporting Families in the relevant districts. If a cross boundary application, support will be required from all of the relevant SRO’s. (Ideally applications should also be supported by the relevant Early Help Hub Co-ordinator(s)).
  • Provide evidence that there is an identified need for the service/it fits into the district’s transition plan.
  • Provide evidence that the service will not duplicate existing provision. (it however can complement existing services).
  • Provide a statement of the expected outcomes and benefits to families or transition plan. 
  • Show how the costs of the activities are calculated and include any costs from 1st January 2020.
  • Have a Safeguarding policy in place and appropriate checks on the suitability of staff/volunteers (e.g DBS checks)
  • Be able to meet the deadline to submit applications by midnight on the 3rd November 2019
  • The team may contact your organisation between submitting your application and the 5th November 2019 if they need to discuss your application for example; they need further information or clarification. 
  • All grants awarded will be subject to Executive Member approval in November 2019.
  • Successful applicants will be notified week commencing the 2nd December 2019.
 
Financial issues

The total available for grant funding for 2020/2021 is £100,000.00.

Individual applications can be for up to a maximum of £20,000.00. Any bids exceeding £20,000.00 will not be considered.

All applications will need to provide a financial breakdown /itemised budget for their bid.

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. 

The Supporting Families’ Programme has adopted the Charity Commission’s reserves policy in this respect. The Charity Commission’s definition of reserve is:

Income funds that are freely available for its general (unrestricted) purposes. "Reserves" are therefore the resources the organisation has or can make available to spend, for any or all of the charity's purposes, once it has met its commitments and covered its other planned expenditure. It is not yet spent, committed or designated.

Grants are generally a contribution to core costs or service/project costs. Hampshire County Council expects organisations to secure additional funding from other sources, to contribute to the costs in kind (through volunteer time, for example), or both.

Applications from organisations who have been funded through grants streams from Hampshire County Council can be considered but they will be assessed on whether it is appropriate to consider this additional funding. This funding cannot be used to duplicate any services that the Hampshire County Council has already funded but where it is demonstrated there is a need to extend or increase capacity for the project/service this may be considered.

Audit and reporting

Successful applications will be required to sign a grant agreement.

You will be expected to submit targets to inform the council what you aim to achieve over the duration of the grant period.

Contract/grant monitoring meetings will be held at six months, twelve months and end of contract. These meetings will need to demonstrate how the project is being delivered and whether the proposed outcomes and targets are being met. All projects will be evaluated.<

Please read our terms and conditions before applying.