New Funding to Help Children with Alcohol-Dependent Parents Announced (FOR INFORMATION – IS A POT FOR LOCAL AUTHORITIES)
Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced today (23 April) new plans to help identify an estimated 200,00 at-risk children in England living with alcohol-dependent parents more quickly, and provide them with rapid access to support and advice.
The package of measures is backed by £6 million in joint funding from the Department of Health and Social Care and the Department for Work and Pensions.
The measures include:
- Fast access to support and mental health services for children and their families where there is a dependent drinker
- Quicker identification of at-risk children, including those undertaking inappropriate care responsibilities
- The provision of outreach programmes to get more parents successfully through addiction treatment
- Early intervention programmes to reduce the numbers of children needing to go into care
Local authorities will be invited to bid for funding by coming up with innovative solutions based on local need, with priority given to areas where more children are affected. Public Health England will be responsible for working with the funded areas to monitor progress.
The package of interventions, totalling up to £6 million, includes:
- A £4.5 million innovation fund for local authorities to develop plans that improve outcomes for children of alcohol-dependent parents
- £1 million to fund national capacity building by non-governmental organisations
Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt said:
“The consequences of alcohol abuse are devastating for those in the grip of an addiction – but for too long, the children of alcoholic parents have been the silent victims. This is not right, nor fair.
“These measures will ensure thousands of children affected by their parent’s alcohol dependency have access to the support they need and deserve.
A dedicated minister with specific responsibility for children with alcohol-dependent parents has also been appointed. Steve Brine MP will lead this work in addition to his role as public health minister.
Public Health Minister Steve Brine said:
“Exposure to their parent’s harmful drinking leaves children vulnerable to a host of problems both in childhood and later in life – and it is right that we put a stop to it once and for all.
“I look forward to working with local authorities and charities to strengthen the services that make a real difference to young people and their families.”
Further information about the funds will be reported when details have been announced.
New £1m Fund to Support Adult Male Grassroots Football Teams
The Retain the Game funding scheme was set up to retain adult male teams within grassroots football clubs in response to a recent decrease in the number of adult male FA affiliated grassroots league teams.
Existing grassroots football clubs can apply now for grants of £750 to continue offering valued playing opportunities in organised football.
The funding will support clubs’ adult male teams in three age categories:
- Under-17 to Under-21
- Open Age
The grants are meant to cover core costs that are incurred by grassroots clubs, including matchday and training facility hire, First Aid training and new Nike kit and equipment through a bespoke voucher.
Applications will be considered from grassroots clubs that meet the following criteria:
- Adult clubs with two or more adult male teams that hold the FA’s Adult Charter Standard award, Charter Standard Development or Charter Standard Community Club award.
- Adult clubs with two or more adult male teams who commit to become Adult Charter Standard within the 2018/19 season.
Retain the Game is inclusive of players from different ethnic backgrounds, faiths and sexual orientations.
This push to reverse the decline in adult male league football follows the recent Grow the Game funding window for 2018, which made £1.5 million available for grassroots clubs looking to create new women and girls or disability football teams.
The deadline for applications is 30 May 2018. Click here for more information.
Youth Music Programme Publishes New Guidance Notes for 2018
Youth Music (National Foundation for Youth Music) was established in 1999 and is supported by National Lottery funding through the Arts Council of England. It was set up to promote and develop substantial musical opportunities for children and young people, up to the age of 25, living in challenging circumstances throughout England.
The Foundation currently offers two levels of funding:
- Fund A – grants of £2,000 to £30,000 for six to 24-month-projects that will help to achieve the Foundation’s vision for a musically inclusive England.
- Fund B – grants of £30,001 to £100,000 for 18- to 36-month-projects or grants of £100,001 to £150,000 for 24- to 36-month-projects that expand and embed musically inclusive practice within and beyond the applicant’s organisation. (Larger grants for 36 months may be made in exceptional circumstances for cross-regional or national strategic programmes.)
Grants are available to charitable and non-profit organisations in the UK to support:
- Developmental music-making projects for children and young people (up to the age of 25) resident in England, who face barriers to music-making as a result of the circumstances they are in.
- Strategic work supporting the development of the workforce, organisations and the wider sector to ensure that high-quality sustained music-making opportunities exist for young people.
Priorities for funding are focused on:
- Early years – children aged 0 to 5 years.
- Special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEN/D).
- Not in education, employment or training (NEET).
- Youth justice – children and young people who are, have been, or are at risk of being in contact with the youth justice system.
- Coldspots – children and young people who face barriers to accessing diverse music-making opportunities as a direct result of where or who they are.
The 2018 application deadlines are:
- Fund A – 24 August and 7 December 2018.
- Fund B – 18 May and 9 November 2018.
Armed Forces Covenant: Local Grants Programme is Open for Applications
The Armed Forces Covenant is an agreement between the nation, Government and Armed Forces that recognises the whole nation has a moral obligation to current and former members of the armed forces and their families, and sets out how they should expect to be treated. The Armed Forces Covenant Fund was established by the Ministry of Defence in 2015 to support this objective and became an independent trust this year. It is an enduring fund with £10 million available each year to support projects that address specific priorities.
Grants of up to £20,000 are available for projects that respond to the local needs of the armed forces community and improve recognition of the Armed Forces Covenant, and that:
- Help integrate armed forces and civilian communities across the UK, and/or
- Deliver valuable local services to the Armed Forces community.
Proposed projects must identify one of the following as their main focus:
- Health and wellbeing.
- Education and employability.
- Events and commemorations.
Registered charities, community interest companies, local authorities, schools, and Armed Forces units with a UIN (Unit Identification Number) can apply as long as they:
- Have experience and a track record of working with the Armed Forces Community, as well as a real understanding of the issues facing the Armed Forces Community.
- Can provide evidence of real engagement and partnership working – with either an Armed Forces charity or an Armed Forces unit.
Applicants must be willing to work closely with their Local Covenant Partnerships to ensure that their project is properly connected locally, responds to recognised need and does not duplicate other provisions.
Applicants who are successful with their Local Grants application may also be able to benefit from the Covenant Fund’s Digital Development Programme.
Local Grants Programme applications are assessed four times per year.
The first deadline for applications is 13 May 2018 (12pm). Click here for more information.
Power to Change Invites Community Businesses to Apply for Funding
The Community Business Fund provides grants of between £50,000 and £300,000 to help existing locally based and community-led businesses in England to increase their social impact and make them more viable in the long term.
Since it launched in April 2016, more than 90 organisations across England have been awarded grants with a combined total of £16 million. The funding has supported a wide range of community businesses, such as community hubs, ferryboats, cafes, a community-run cinema, and a lobster hatchery.
Projects and organisations must be incorporated, based in England and share the following four key features of a community business:
- Locally rooted – they are rooted in a particular geographical place and respond to its needs, for example high levels of urban deprivation or rural isolation.
- Accountable to local community – they are accountable to local people. This can be demonstrated in many ways but the organisation must have evidence of regular community influence on the business.
- Trading for benefit of local community – they are businesses and their income comes from activities like renting out space in their buildings, trading as cafes or selling the produce they grow.
- Broad community impact – they benefit the community as a whole and can clearly evidence the positive social impact on the broader community.
Projects must be ready to start within six months and can last between 18 months to three years in total. They also must share one or more of the following seven impact goals:
- Reduce social isolation.
- Improve health and wellbeing.
- Increase employability.
- Create better access to basic services.
- Improve local environment.
- Enable greater community cohesion.
- Foster greater community pride and empowerment.
The grants can be used for the following:
- Capital costs including building, vehicles, equipment of significant value, refurbishment costs.
- Project-specific revenue costs like staff costs, professional fees, volunteer costs.
The funding cannot be used for retrospective costs, existing day to day running costs or costs which someone else is paying for, whether in cash or in kind.
Organisations that are not able to submit an application by the Round 5 deadline have further opportunities to apply as there will be another round opening in September 2018 with grants awarded in early 2019.
The deadline for Round 5 applications is noon on 22 May 2018. Click here for more information.