Mobile Warden Scheme grants: Guidance notes

Applications are now closed.

Mobile and Community Wardens Schemes (sometimes called Community Care Schemes) are set up in South Cambridgeshire to support older people to live independently in their homes and in the community they know, and which knows them.

We offer grant funding, via an application process, to support these schemes.

The warden schemes are complementary to statutory care services and do not duplicate or replace the medical or social care services that individuals may also require. They can help to combat loneliness and social isolation and can provide significant benefits to clients at relatively low cost and are seen by clients and their families as a vital community-based service.

We have been providing grant funding to Mobile and Community Warden Schemes for many years.

We will allocate approximately £20,920* of grant funding to Mobile and Community Warden Schemes in 2020-2021

*Budgets are unconfirmed until approval at Council on 20 February 2020 and are subject to review, particularly in the light of the current situation regarding public sector finances.  In applying to this scheme you are doing so in acknowledgement of this.

Timescales and deadlines

 The following table outlines the various stages of the application and decision-making process:

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Stage

 

Timescales

Scheme open for applications

29 November 2019

Deadline for applications

5pm 24 January 2020

Allocation of funding decided

28 February 2020

Organisations notified of funding decisions

By 15 March 2020

Grants paid

From April 2020

 

Please note: We will be happy to discuss the following with small groups and start-ups.

In order to be eligible to receive funding, organisations must:

  • Be set up for charitable (not-for-profit), benevolent or philanthropic purposes.

  • Decide policy and overall management practice through a committee of elected, unpaid volunteers (a management committee or board of trustees).

  • Have a constitution, mission statement or set of rules, aims and procedures.

  • Meet relevant legal responsibilities, including those of an employer, and adopt, implement and monitor good employment practices, including having relevant insurances to cover operations.

  • Research and meet the needs of South Cambridgeshire residents and be open to all eligible users as defined by the constitution or rules.

  • Have systems and structures in place to manage their affairs efficiently, hold regular meetings to plan and monitor activities, keep minutes and circulate information to group members.

  • Involve users and members in policy-making and management, where appropriate.

  • Recruit and support volunteers in line with a volunteer’s policy, where appropriate.

  • Adopt appropriate child and vulnerable adult protection, health and safety and Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) checking policies.

  • Ensure appropriate training for paid and voluntary staff, and the management committee or board of trustees, for example, safeguarding and scams awareness

  • Prepare budgets, keep relevant financial records (adhere to Making Tax Digital if relevant), monitor income and expenditure at least quarterly and prepare proper accounts. If part of a national or regional organisation, please only provide information relating to your branch. 

  • Please provide evidence of a ‘business’ account for the organisation, and of two cheque signatories. Please also submit your current audited accounts and annual report. 

  • Demonstrate a need for financial help. You will be asked for details of your policy on unrestricted reserves, based on Charity Commission guidelines.

  • Charge service users at an appropriate rate in line with other local services, where applicable. SCDC will not subsidise projects that are deemed to be under or over-charging clients.
  • Only one application per organisation will be accepted. If in doubt, applicants should seek advice before making their application as changes cannot be made after the closing date for the scheme.

  • Grant funding can be used for core costs and project costs where there is an identified and evidenced need.

  • Applications will be accepted from individual organisations and from consortia, where one lead agency has been identified. For consortium applications, details must be given throughout of all partners involved and how grant funding will be allocated.  The lead agency must consider funds held on behalf of partners as ‘restricted’.

  • Organisations in receipt of funding will need to submit monitoring information, details of which will appear in accompanying funding agreements and grant paperwork. Lead agencies in consortium applications will be responsible for monitoring project and financial information on behalf of partners.

  • Funded organisations are expected to credit South Cambridgeshire District Council in any literature and to use the South Cambridgeshire District Council logo where appropriate. Logos will be provided.

  • South Cambridgeshire District Council endeavours to put in place joint funding agreements and monitoring processes with other relevant funders where this is of benefit to the funded organisation.

  • South Cambridgeshire District Council does not make match funding a requirement for this grant scheme. However, we do not expect to be the sole source of funding and applicants must show what other sources of funding have been sought. 

  • Funding agreements include a termination / variation clause which may result in the recouping of unused or misused funds. South Cambridgeshire District Council will endeavour to ensure Compact compliance at all times.
  • Applicants are encouraged to complete their application form on-line. If this is not possible please contact us for assistance.

  • Applicants are required to complete all relevant sections of the form rather than attaching reports. This enables us to make a fair assessment of your organisation and eligibility for funding. 

  • Sections 2(g) and 3(d) ask for details of the geographical area/s your organisation’s work covers. Please give information pertaining to South Cambridgeshire on a Ward or Parish basis, or state that the work will take place ‘district wide’ where relevant.

  • For help with your application form please contact Ellen Bridges or call 01954 713294.

  • Your application form must be submitted by the deadline of 5pm 24 January 2020. We regret that applications received after this date will not be considered.

  • Please keep a record of your application number for future reference.

  • All applications will be acknowledged by post or email within 10 working days of receipt. If you do not receive an acknowledgement, please call to check that your application has been received.

  • Funding allocations will be confirmed on 6 March 2020 and organisations notified in writing by 15 March 2020

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