Mental Health Peer Network Development Grant T&Cs and Guidelines

Please read the Mental Health Peer Network Development 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

It is the aim of Mental Health Peer Network Development Grant to allow organisations to provide a countywide service to assist the development and sustainability of self-support groups.

Organisations can apply for up to a maximum of £3000 per year.

Terms and Conditions

Eligibility Criteria

  • The service must provide countywide support to mental health support groups.
  • The grant must only benefit residents of the county and activities must take place in Cornwall.
  • Evidence of costs must be submitted with your application, e.g. website addresses, invoices, quotes, etc.
  • Eligible services include: Public Liability Insurance, subscriptions to resources, maintenance of a countywide network, training sessions or workshops, ad hoc support to individual groups for specific needs, capacity building support.
  • Organisations must have a bank account in the organisation’s name into which the grant award will be paid, which requires at least two signatories. We may agree to pay the grant award to a sponsoring organisation instead providing we have a Financial Declaration from that organisation’s Finance Officer or similar, using the CRCC template. Please contact us to request a copy.

Exclusions (what this grant cannot pay for)

  • Applications that make no reference to the aims and objectives of the grant will not be accepted.
  • Applications must not exceed £3000 per year.
  • Items and activities already paid for cannot be reimbursed through this grant.
  • Unspecified expenditure will not be funded.
  • Organisations that do not have a bank account in the organisation’s name with two signatories, or do not have a sponsoring organisation that can receive the funds on their behalf.
  • This grant cannot pay for equipment or debt consolidation.
  • Applications from organisations who have had a grant from us before and who have not submitted their feedback report and all relevant receipts.

Guidelines

Completing your application form

  • Grants must be spent on the items, activities or events approved and applications must detail how the grant will benefit groups and people with mental health issues.
  • Organisations must keep all receipts and invoices relating to this grant. CRCC will require feedback reports, which we will send to you, to be completed by the organisation and all receipts must be submitted with this. You might wish to send in photos and testimonials to support your report.
  • Please list all costs for which the grant is required. Check the above Eligibility Criteria and Exclusions to ensure your costs are permitted.

Data Protection

Please note by sending in this form we will keep your details for recording/monitoring purposes, e.g. showing CRCC’s work across Cornwall and IOS (no personal details).

We will not share your details with third parties; however, we will on occasions contact you with information that we consider relevant/beneficial to your group.  We will also contact you yearly to confirm the details we hold are correct.

To help us satisfy the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), please confirm that you agree to this by ticking the box in the Declaration/Agreement section of the application form.  If you wish to be removed at any time in the future, please email dataadmin@cornwallrcc.org.uk or call 07715 799395. Please also read the section at the end of this application pack for more information about how the GDPR may affect your organisation.

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 organisation or 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 reports. Following this initial check, your application will go before the grant manager who will decide on its suitability for funding using a standardised checklist based on the eligibility criteria.

Application deadlines

There are 5 application deadlines this year (1st July 2020 to 30 June 2021). Please ensure we have all relevant documentation by the dates below.

Application deadlines
11 September 2020
6 November 2020
18 December 2020
26 February 2021
14 May 2021

How your application will be assessed

The grant panel will assess your application within 3 weeks of receipt using a checklist based on the grant eligibility criteria.

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.

Monitoring and evaluation

Applicants must agree to complete feedback reports as requested.  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 no later than 4 weeks after one is requested. When returning the form please include copies of receipts and invoices obtained for all items purchased.

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

GDPR and constituted groups or organisations

This section applies to you because you are a constituted organisation funded through CRCC. You need to be aware of changes to data protection legislation.

For the purposes of this letter, a constituted group is one that is more formal, run on a voluntary basis but is set up as an organisation with its own steering group/committee, will have a constitution and its own bank account.

The grants we allocate are done so on behalf of Cornwall Council and NHS Kernow. Therefore, we have sought guidance from them about how changes to data protection legislation might relate to grant-funded groups and organisations. Their view is that you should be aware of the changes to the rules and, ideally, undertake training if necessary.

What is GDPR?

As you may be aware, rules regarding data protection have changed. The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) is Europe’s new framework relating to data protection and sits alongside the UK’s Data Protection Act 2018. It mostly concerns how organisations obtain people’s personal information, how they store it, what they use it for and how long they keep it. The new regulation started on 25 May 2018.

This may also affect constituted community groups and organisations where a ‘group leader’ or ‘facilitator’ holds personal information about the group’s members, e.g. name with an address, telephone numbers, or any medical information. If you simply hold names and phone numbers, you are unlikely to be affected by GDPR, but if you hold more detailed and sensitive information, you should make yourself aware of what the new rules are. It is worth mentioning that the GDPR also sets out what rights you have as an individual in relation to what information organisations hold about you, so it is worth looking into.

The law says:

  • You should only record information that is absolutely necessary for you to have.
  • You must have the express permission of any person you hold information about and…
  • The person whose information you hold must know what details you have about them and what you will use it for
  • You must store personal information securely, e.g. in a locked cupboard or lockable filing box. If you carry personal information around (in a file or at the back of a diary or notebook, for instance), you must consider what is necessary for you to carry around and how easy it might be for someone unauthorised to see other people’s information.
  • You should ensure that the information you hold is up-to-date, that the person still wishes you to have any of them details. If a person no longer wants you to have their information, you must delete/destroy it.
  • The law applies to both written information and anything collected or stored electronically.

The GDPR is monitored by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and you can find out more about it at www.ico.org.uk.  They have produced some useful guides and we recommend reading Preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation – 12 Steps to Take Now (if you do not have access to a computer, please call me on 07715 799395 to ask for a paper copy, which is free to any CRCC grant-funded group).

If you are a small, informal group, the GDPR is unlikely to apply to you. However, if you are a constituted group or organisation, then you might wish to consider undertaking some training. CRCC may be able to offer training sessions for community groups on GDPR, however there is a charge for this. You are not required to undertake training and you might prefer to use the free guides and online tools available from the ICO instead to ensure you comply with the new rules.

If you are interested in attending a training session, you can contact CRCC at dataadmin@cornwallrcc.org.uk  or call them on 07715 799395. The cost of training for our grant-funded organisations is £25 per person.