zaterdag 23 februari 2013

Supporting Troubled Families Innovation Grant

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Hampshire County Council is inviting applications for innovative, county wide approaches to support families with multiple problems as part of Hampshire’s Supporting (Troubled) Families Programme.

The Supporting (Troubled) Families Programme in Hampshire is a significant three year programme with the ambition to make lasting positive changes to the lives of some of the most vulnerable families and communities across Hampshire.
The programme aims to work with at least 1,590 families over the next three years who cause high costs to the public purse and have problems relating to:

  • Crime and Anti Social Behaviour (ASB);
  • School attendance;
  • Worklessness.

The programme has recently established ten Local Coordination Groups (LCG’s) to design and deliver the programme locally across the County. Funding has been made to available to LCG’s to support the delivery of services to families at the local level.

The programme is also separately commissioning an Intensive Family Support Service (IFSS) for the next two years to provide intensive support for families with multiple and complex needs.

In addition to the LCG and IFSS funding, Hampshire County Council has established this new grant programme to fund additional innovative approaches to support families with multiple problems across the whole of Hampshire.

When to apply?

The scheme will open 31 January 2013 and close in 28 February 2013.

Further rounds may be announced subject to funds remaining, and bids should indicate funding requirements beyond March 2014.

The grant will be available to fund projects up until 31st March 2014. Subject to available funds an opportunity for a one or two year extension would depend on successful annual review of the project/service delivery with the scheme delivering the agreed outcomes.

Applications received after the deadline for application or incomplete applications will be disqualified. Grant approvals will be confirmed by email.

Proposals must show clearly where spending will occur.

Grant criteria and eligibility

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

or social enterprises including:
  • unincorporated associations
  • trusts
  • limited companies
  • some industrial and provident societies such as community benefit societies
  • Community interest companies
  • charitable incorporated organisations.

Consortia or partnerships made up of these groups are also able to apply.

While organisations do not need to be a registered charity to apply for funding, organisation must have a written governing document which provides details of aims, objectives and methods of working (for example, a constitution, set of rules or trust deed) and the organisations bank account.

Voluntary and community organisations must have at least three unrelated people on their governing body, management committee or board of directors.

Organisations should be open to all members of the community with interests relevant to publicly stated aims.

Voluntary organisations with an annual income exceeding $7,763.83 (£5,000) must be, or undertake to be registered under the Charities Act 1993.

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 service/project via a contract or grant agreement from Hampshire County Council
  • Organisations already commissioned to deliver the Intensive Family Support Service within Hampshire
  • Organisations providing services solely within the unitary authority areas of Portsmouth City Council, Isle of Wight, Southampton City Council or outside Hampshire, which do not support families living in Hampshire.

If an organisation is in any doubt as to whether its project qualifies enquiries should be made to the STFP central support team.

All applicants requesting a grant of $15,527.66 (£10,000) or above should contact the STFP central support team to discuss their proposal prior to submission.

What type of projects/initiatives are covered by the scheme?

Applications can be made for offering new and innovative county wide services to families with multiple problems who are considered to be a high cost to the public purse, but do not necessarily meet the strict DCLG funding criteria of the Supporting (Troubled) Families Programme.

Applications need to demonstrate how the proposed services complement county wide services that are being delivered as part of Hampshire’s Supporting (Troubled) Families Programme (STFP).

  • Any activity that is considered part of the core purpose of the contracted Intensive Family Support Service.
  • Any activity that is funded through the locally devolved budgets and commissioned/contracted by Local Coordination Groups.
  • Any activity that is included in a commissioned/contracted activity that is fully funded by another organisation or other part of Hampshire County Council.
  • Any activity that is funded by Hampshire County Council through other corporate grant schemes.
  • Any universal service that does not complement or enhance partnership working with the Local Coordination Group.

How will applications be assessed?

Applications will be assessed against the following aims:
  • To improve joint working of public and voluntary sector agencies – This refers to applications that clearly demonstrate a commitment to greater inter-agency coordination and joined up working with the whole family.   
  • To develop innovative practice – This refers to applications that introduce creative and innovative services that are aimed at improving outcomes for families with multiple problems and reduce demand on statutory and high cost services.
  • To increase engagement and participation – This refers to applications that propose engaging with  ‘highly resistant’ families leading to increased participation and lasting positive changes for families.

To be eligible for support the organisation must:

  • Provide evidence that there is an identified need for the services.
  • Provide evidence that the service will be delivered across the whole of the county.
  • Provide evidence that they have consulted and received the support from Local Coordination Groups in identifying how the service can complement the activities of the STFP.
  • Provide evidence that the service will not duplicate existing provision and will not be provided by a contracted STFP service during the period in which the funding is in place.
  • Provide a statement of the expected outcomes and benefits of the service to families. This should specifically highlight how the service will meet the STFPs aims and objectives and how the service will meet the needs of vulnerable and targeted groups
  • Provide evidence the organisation has a recognised legal structure.
  • Show how the costs of the activities are calculated and include costs only from 1 April 2013.
  • Provide evidence of ongoing professional development for all its staff in relation to the delivery of the service for applications of over $7,763.83 (£5,000.)
  • Demonstrate they have a safeguarding and child protection policy together with an identified individual whose

The applications will be circulated to the STFP central support team and other Officers of the council as appropriate for comment and consideration of the grant application. Senior Responsible Officers and local coordination groups will be made aware of the application and invited to comment to assist the grant assessment. The application will then be assessed for award at the Supporting Troubled Families Programme Grant Panel.

Following the grant panel meetings, recommendations for applications $7,763.83 (£5,000) and over will be made to the Executive Lead Member Communities and External Affairs. The Council will inform applicants regarding the outcome of their application no later than 10 working days after the decision day.

All grants awarded will be reported to the Executive Lead member at a scheduled meeting.

Financial issues

The total available grant funding for 2013/14 is expected to be $93,165.97 (£60,000.)
Individual applications can be for up to $46,582.98 (£30,000) per annum, any bids exceeding $46,582.98 (£30,000) will not be considered.

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 Troubled Families Innovation 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

If successful, organisations will be required to sign a grant agreement and submit targets to inform the Council what they aim to achieve over the duration of the grant period. As targets will depend on the value of grant, Hampshire county Council will agree these with the organisation separately once an award has been agreed.

Successful projects will be required to complete a six month and end of year (or end of grant as appropriate) self monitoring report to demonstrate how the project is being delivered and if the proposed outcomes and targets are being met. Depending on the value of the grant and the nature of the service/activity a review visit may also be arranged by Hampshire County Council.

A local evaluation, overseen by Hampshire County Council programme support team, will seek to appraise the impacts of specific types of interventions and make recommendations for new ways of working in the public sector. Successful projects may be asked to actively engage with this process.

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