Carers Groups Grant T&Cs and Guidelines

Please read the Carers Groups Grant Terms and Conditions CAREFULLY. Most applications we turn down are those that don’t meet the eligibility criteria. To avoid disappointment, we suggest you read the Eligibility Criteria and Exclusions sections carefully. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call.
If you need help with your application, please call us on 01872 243535 or email grants@cornwallrcc.org.uk

Purpose of the grant

The grant can fund groups or organisations, both formal and informal, that provide support to unpaid carers. It aims to:

  • Provide carers access to activities and support
  • Assist the development and sustainability of self-support groups
  • Support groups to help carers to self-manage their health and wellbeing, reduce isolation, increase confidence and improve independent living skills

Groups can apply for up to £1000 per application (max £100 per carer). You may apply more than once per year but your annual total must not exceed £3500. New groups can apply for up to £500 towards their start-up costs first, then apply for further funds later.
Formal groups (with a group bank account and a committee) may also apply for an additional amount of up to £500 if they are purchasing internet-enabled devices to be loaned out to group members.

Terms and Conditions

Eligibility Criteria

  • Groups must have a minimum of 4 people.
  • Groups must be based in Cornwall and only benefit residents of the county who are aged 18 years or over.
  • Groups must link to a professional or recognised organisation which can vouch for the group.
  • Formal groups must have a steering group or committee and provide details of this.
  • Formal groups must have Public Liability Insurance. New groups can use the grant to fund this.

Your funding request

  • Groups can apply for a grant to a maximum of £1000 per application (max £100 per carer), to a maximum of £3500 per year (1st July 2020 to 30 June 2021).
  • New groups can initially apply for a start-up grant of £500 for ongoing running costs then apply again at a later date for further funds if required.
  • Formal groups (with a group bank account and a committee) may also apply for an additional amount of up to £500 if they are purchasing internet-enabled devices to be loaned out to group members.
  • Organisations must not be commissioned by Cornwall Council, IoS Council or NHS Kernow to provide these activities.

Exclusions (what this grant cannot pay for)

  • Travel expenses, expenses to attend meetings, unless under exceptional circumstances to be agreed by the group.
  • Overnight accommodation costs are not permitted.
  • The grant may pay for one annual Christmas meal, or similar, for the group but, otherwise, food and drink are not permitted.
  • Groups cannot apply if they do not support at least 4 people.
  • Groups must not be commissioned by Cornwall Council, NHS Kernow or IOS Council.
  • Items and activities already paid for cannot be reimbursed through this grant.
  • Applications from groups who have had a grant from us before and who have not submitted their feedback report and all relevant receipts.
  • Where carers are under 18 years of age.
Guidelines

Completing your application form

  • Groups must demonstrate that they support people who are unpaid carers and must explain how they promote their health and wellbeing.
  • Applications must also explain how group members will be involved in decisions about the planned activities.
  • Groups must provide details of the intended expenditure.
  • Please list all costs for which the grant is required where known.

Additional documentation

  • Evidence of listed costs must be submitted with your application, e.g. receipts from previous applications, quotes, invoices, website addresses, etc.
  • If you have applied to this grant before, we must have received a feedback report and relevant receipts from you before we can process your application. If you have not already submitted your report and receipts, please send with this as soon as possible to avoid a delay in processing your application.
  • A reference from a professional who can vouch for your group and supports your application.

Data Protection

CRCC complies with the EU General Data Protection Regulations and the Data Protection Act 2018.  By sending this form to us, you agree that we can securely store your personal information on our database or in the form of paper records, and that we can use your information in order to provide a service to you as part of the Wellbeing Community Grants Programme.

We will only collect and process information in accordance with the legal basis for the service you are receiving.  We will not sell your information or share it with any other organisations. We will not keep this information longer than necessary (this is normally for two years following the end of the contract year); it will then be securely destroyed.

Our full Privacy Statement is available on request and can be viewed on our website at www.cornwallrcc.org.uk

If you wish to withdraw your consent, or if you wish to see a copy of the information we hold about you, please forward your request to the Grants and Compliance Lead at dataadmin@cornwallrcc.org.uk  or call 07715 799395.

Next steps

Once we have received your application we will check it meets the above criteria; we may contact you by telephone to discuss the application in more detail. Therefore please ensure the contact provided is available during office hours and has knowledge of your group. We recommend that you take a copy of your application form, as you will need to refer to it if we have any queries and when completing your feedback report. Following this initial check, your application will go before the grant panel who will decide on its suitability for funding.

Application deadlines

4 September 2020
16 October 2020
20  November 2020
15 January 2021
5 March 2021
30 April 2021

How your application will be assessed

The grant panel will meet approximately 3 weeks after each deadline to assess applications. The panel members assess each application using a checklist based on the grant eligibility criteria and exclusions.

You will receive the result of your application in writing within 7 working days of the assessment and, if successful, an offer letter will be sent outlining any conditions of your grant.

Appealing the panel’s decision

If you do not agree with the decision made by the grant panel, please contact the grant manager.  They will of course want to resolve any issues quickly and efficiently. Please call or email:

Nicki Sweeney, Grants and Compliance Lead – tel: 07715 799395
Email: nicki.sweeney@cornwallrcc.org.uk

Change of grant use

The grant must be spent for the approved purpose and failure to do so could result in a request for funds to be returned. If your circumstances change and you wish to amend your original activity, you must notify CRCC in writing detailing the proposed change and await approval by the Grant Manager before proceeding with the new activity.

Feedback report

Applicants must agree to complete a feedback report, as and when requested. For annual group running costs, feedback must be received by 30 June 2021; for one-off events or activities, feedback must be received within 1 month after the event/ activity has taken place.

All feedback must be on a standard form supplied by CRCC.  Your feedback is used by us to report back to Cornwall Council and NHS Kernow on the progress of the grant programme, therefore reports must be completed as requested. We are always delighted to receive photographs of group activities and these may be included in the documents we send to the grant commissioners. Please obtain permission from any persons in any photographs before sending to us.

When returning the form please include copies of receipts and invoices obtained for all items purchased. No further grant applications will be considered until this has been received and approved by CRCC.

Need more information?

If you need more information please contact:

CRCC, 2 Princes Street, Truro TR1 2ES
Tel: 01872 243535
Email: grants@cornwallrcc.org.uk