Cheshire West and Chester Home Support Small Grants Scheme
Application Criteria 2022- 2023
Cheshire West and Chester Council are committed to providing community led support that enables residents to live independently and remain in their own homes and communities.
The benefits of supporting local people in the community include:
o People being able to stay living at home longer;
o Improved physical and mental health;
o Increased connectivity and sense of belonging;
o People being valued in decision making for their own life requirements.
The Council have a duty under the Care Act 2014 to prevent or delay the development of care needs and to support the reduction of care needs that already exist.
The Council have launched a small grants programme (grants between £100-£5000) to pilot new projects or build on existing projects for our borough that ultimately support people to live independently, stay connected in their communities and able to live in their own homes.
These are examples of the type of projects that the Council could support under this programme:
A voluntary / community organisation working with older people to help with shopping or food delivery;
Supporting a community group wanting to put on a Meals on Wheels or similar services;
A project of local volunteers home-visiting neighbours and giving peer to peer support;
A project where older people are supported at home to help with household organisation (bills, forms, cleaning, decluttering etc.) through face-to-face support;
A volunteer led service to help with simple tasks in the home and garden;
A good neighbour project to help with pet care and basic meal preparation.
We will prioritise bids that are:
delivered locally by local organisations, and
clearly address the outcomes listed below.
The required outcomes:
– Residents feel supported to live independent and confident lives in their own homes;
– Residents have a good support network to maintain the running of their own lives;
– Residents feels safe and are connected to the communities that they live in;
– Residents can access support locally to their home in order to prevent them accessing high-level care.
Applications and Timeline
All applications should be for funding within the period of 1st October 2022 and 30th September 2023 and should be made on the application attached and returned via email.
To make the process accessible to all eligible organisations, applications will be accepted in alternative formats. If you wish to apply using an alternative format please contact Cheshire Community Action (CCA) to discuss it. Funding is capped at £5000 per application. Projects can last up to a maximum of 12 months.
Applications open – 5th August 2022
Closing date for applications – 5th September 2022
Awards made – 12th September 2022
Projects start – 1st October 2022
Voluntary and community sector organisations are invited to apply for funding awards from £100 to £5,000 per application.
You can apply if your organisation is a:
voluntary and community organisation
constituted group or club
charitable incorporated organisation (CIO)
community interest company (CIC)
We will accept applications from organisations acting on the behalf of others, for example, a Parish Council holding funds for a constituted group.
We will not accept applications for IT or digital equipment.
There are other eligibility conditions that need to be met and these will be made clear in the application process.
Applications will be reviewed and evaluated by a grant selections panel using a scoring system based on the above criteria. Decisions to make funding offers will be taken by the panel. All funding offers will be subject to a signed agreement that will include a commitment by the recipient organisations to report on the project.
Commissioners are particularly keen to encourage bids that demonstrate innovation and sustainability, particularly in relation to innovation in the approaches to home support which promote choice and independence of the individual.
Management of Successful Awards
Once awards have been determined by Cheshire Community Action (CCA) and the Council, and agreements have been entered into with successful applicants, the subsequent monitoring of those agreements, and the issuing of payments, will be managed on behalf of the Council by CCA.
There will be a mid-year review and you will be required to complete an end of grant report with a focus on evidence, impact and case studies. A clear expectation of agreed targets will be agreed with CCA and detailed in the grant agreement. The mid-year review will be completed by CCA, and the end of year report will be submitted to the Council.
APPLICATION FORM HOME SUPPORT SMALL GRANTS SCHEME
Cheshire West and Chester Council would like to invite voluntary and community organisations, community interest companies, charities, and other community focussed groups to apply to the Home Support Grants Scheme. The Home Support Small Grants Scheme aims to invite the market to test different methods of home support over 12 months to enable residents of Cheshire West and Chester to:
- Be able to stay living at home;
- Improve their physical and mental health;
- Increase connectivity and sense of belonging;
- Be valued in decision making for own life requirements.
Innovation – is defined as the process of trying something new or different that has the potential to address an identified need or problem.
An innovation grant is a fund given by an entity, to an organisation for a specific innovative project that is linked to public benefit.
Applications – A maximum of TWO grant scheme applications per organisation will be accepted.
The application process will be administered by Cheshire Community Action (CCA).
5th August 2022 – Launch Grant Scheme
5th September 2022 – Grant Scheme closes
September 2022 – Evaluate applications
September 2022 – Award
1st October 2022 – Home Support projects begin
If you need any help, please contact Cheshire Community Action on 01244 400222 or email email@example.com
|Name of group/organisation:|
|Is your group or organisation a registered charity?||Yes||No|
|If ‘Yes’, please tell us your registration number:|
|If ‘No’, please tell us is the type of organisation:|
|Please give details of two contacts for your group/organisations (one must be the main contact):|
|When did your group/organisation start?|
|Does your project have the support /involvement of local people?||Yes||No|
|If ‘Yes’, what evidence do you have that local people are in favour this project? Please provide documentary evidence if applicable.|
|Is your project open to everyone or is it aimed at a specific group of people?|
|Please explain what project you are seeking a grant for and how a grant from the Home Support Grants Scheme would make it possible? (500 Words Max)|
|When will your project start and how long will it last for?|
|Where will your project take place?
|What amount are you requesting from the Homecare Support Small Grants Scheme (£100-£5000)?||£|
|In the table below, please tell us the anticipate costs of the project for which you have applied for. Please keep evidence of these costs/quotes.|
|Total Project Cost||£|
|Please provide the following banking information:
|Do you have the relevant safeguarding processes and policies in place?||Yes||No|
|Is there anything else you wish to tell us in support of your project? Please feel free to use additional space if required.|
|The project/activity work must be commenced within three months of receiving the grant. Any grant money received for work not subsequently undertaken must be refunded. The applicants undertake to complete and return a progress report within six months of the date of funding, to provide an end of grant report and to provide such information regarding the project as may reasonably be requested from time to time.
I UNDERSTAND THAT THE STATEMENTS CONTAINED IN THIS APPLICATION ARE TRUE AND THAT THE INFORMATION PROVIDED IS CORRECT. I UNDERSTAND THAT THE DECISION OF THE GRANTS PANEL OF CHESHIRE COMMUNITY ACTION (CCA) ON THIS APPLICATION WILL BE FINAL AND THAT CCA SHALL NOT BE OBLIGED TO GIVE REASONS FOR THAT DECISION. I UNDERSTAND I WILL HAVE NO RIGHT OF APPEAL AGAINST THAT DECISION. I UNDERSTAND THAT, IF SUCCESSFUL, MY APPLICATION MAY BE USED TO FURTHER PUBLICISE THE WORK OF CHESHIRE WEST AND CHESTER COUNCIL.
|Please return by the 5th of September to:||firstname.lastname@example.org