Doncaster VCFS Fund

Winter Support Fund

We are interested in supporting activities which help the clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) with practical support during winter. We aim to assist VCFS organisations in getting people back together safely and reducing social isolation and loneliness. As part of this initiative, we will be opening the VCFS Winter Support Fund, and we will be accepting applications from the 1st of November 2021.  

We are interested in supporting activities related to the following: 

  • Food and other essential items  
  • Befriending (digital programmes to support)   
  • Providing IT equipment  
  • Transport  
  • Homelessness  
  • Clothing (winter warmth) 
  • Community support  
  • Libraries  
  • Carers support  
  • Hospital discharge   
  • Domestic violence  
  • Bereavement support  
  • Mental health and wellbeing programmes, resources and support
  • Support for those who are self-isolating   
  • Support with employment and skills 
  • Training opportunities, including digital inclusion  

    Funding Available 

    Applications up to £5,000 can be submitted and funding must be spent by 31st March 2022. 

    Funding Panel 

    The distribution of this funding will be managed by the Social Isolation Alliance. A panel, consisting of representatives from the VCFS sector and the Local Authority, will adjudicate each application. The panel will meet fortnightly from November 2021 to assess the bids submitted and to agree awards. Payments will be processed promptly to allow work to be started quickly. This fund will remain open until funding has been allocated. 

    Eligibility criteria 

    To be eligible to apply for and receive funding your group must fit the following criteria: 

    • Be a not for profit, third sector, voluntary or community group. 
    • Be connected with or meet the needs of Doncaster communities. 
    • Have a bank or building society account where at least two signatories are required to draw funds. 
    • Have a governing document that has a minimum of name, aim and membership. 
    • Meet due diligence requirements especially around safeguarding. 
    • Have evidence of community involvement in their application. 

    Grant amount:  

    Up to £5,000 

    As a condition of funding and in addition to the reporting requirements, we would ask you to help us in capturing stories, experiences and conversations about your projects and how they have impacted the people you are supporting and the wider community. 

    Other Information 

    Organisations can only apply for the VCFS Winter Support Fund once. 

    Applications will be considered from organisations that have previously applied for and been successful in receiving the VCFS Humanitarian Fund/Emergency Winter Support Fund.
     
    If your application for the VCFS Winter Support Fund is linked to your previous VCFS Humanitarian Fund/Emergency Winter Support Fund project, evidence that your outcomes were achieved and the project was successful will need to be submitted. To discuss this further, please contact sia@dclt.co.uk 

    Information outlining supporting documents that need to be submitted as well as the reporting requirements for the grant can be found on the Application Form (also available in Word Document). Organisations that do not have financial accounts, can complete the Balance Sheet and Income Statement

    If you have any enquiries you can contact the Well Doncaster officer for your area: 

     

    Central 

    Hannah McWilliams 

    Hannah.McWilliams@doncaster.gov.uk 

    01302 736748 / 07970 426835 

    East 

    Kerry Hughes 

    Kerry.Hughes@doncaster.gov.uk 

    01302 737433 / 07971 955519 

    North 

    James Parsonage 

    James.Parsonage@doncaster.gov.uk 

    01302 737891 / 07971 031077 

    South 

    Alex Pearson

    Alexandra.Pearson@doncaster.gov.uk 

    01302 736911 / 07974 602092 

    Completed applications can be emailed to:    sia@dclt.co.uk

    If you would like any assistance completing your application form, please contact us on sia@dclt.co.uk 

     

    Micro Grant 

    A group of Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector organisations are coming together to manage a local fund established to distribute locally to help the sector address a range of community needs arising from the COVID-19 restrictions. We want to support organisations in growing and sustaining provision which tackles inequalities, social exclusion, social isolation and loneliness, and especially provide humanitarian support to the most vulnerable and the clinically extremely vulnerable in Doncaster, of which there are approximately 15,500.

    We are particularly interested in supporting activities which:

    • help vulnerable people with basic needs;
    • address social and health inequalities;
    • help alleviate service pressures;
    • strengthen existing community services and support;
    • help people remain safe when providing community services;
    • build capacity within local communities to grow and sustain provision;
    • support to access digital;
    • provide all age wellbeing support including opening access to arts, local culture and heritage activities;
    • offer BAME community support;
    • deliver education and training for VCFS groups;
    • supports carers;
    • deliver unconscious bias and equality and diversity training;
    • develop resources for BAME communities (culturally sensitive information and key messages to be used widely by partners);
    • link communities together to celebrate diversity and encourage community cohesion; and
    • activities which raise awareness around mental health within the community.
    Activities that are in scope include:
    • Volunteer recruitment, development, retention and expenses.
    • Food and basic provisions and PPE
    • Assets for food preparation and delivery.
    • IT equipment for digital delivery e.g., Befriending, mental health support, counselling, diversionary/healthy living activities.
    • Collection and delivery of basic provisions (excluding prescriptions)
    • Transporting clinically extremely vulnerable to essential medical appointments or to participate in wellbeing activities
    • Supporting and encouraging people to apply for the support they need and may be eligible for
    • Creating virtual support networks
    Funding Available

    With contributions from South Yorkshire Housing Association, Social Isolation Alliance and Doncaster Council fund for Covid support. If any funding is not spent within the 12 month time frame the funding must be returned.

    Funding Panel

    The distribution of this funding will be managed by the Social Isolation Alliance and Voluntary Action Doncaster. These organisations have convened a panel consisting of representatives from the funding providers, the sector and Local Authority. The panel will meet fortnightly from January 2020 to assess the bids submitted and to agree awards. Payments will be processed promptly in order to allow work to be started quickly. This fund will remain open until funding has been allocated.

    Eligibility criteria

    To be eligible to apply for and receive funding your group must fit the following criteria:

    • Be a not for profit, third sector, voluntary or community group.
    • Be connected with or meet the needs of Doncaster communities.
    • Have a bank or building society account where at least two signatories are required to draw funds.
    • Have a governing document that has a minimum of name, aim and membership.
    • Meet due diligence requirements especially around safeguarding.
    • Have evidence of community involvement in their application.
    Micro Grant (up to £750)
    1. We know that positive change can happen with a small pocket of money.   We are offering organisations the opportunity to apply individually or work together and connect their funding to make a larger impact on positive community change.
      2. It is intended to make this application process simple and responsive through an outline of proposals or presentation to the grants panel. During this process applicants must however confirm that the grant will be spent on activities/equipment aligned with objectives in the funding scope. Successful applicants must also evidence their impact via customer stories, case studies or presentations.
    Funding Requirements

    If successful in being awarded a micro grant we would invite you to complete the following:

    • Keep a record of the different types of engagement activities that you have used this grant to support.
    • Let people know about your project and the outcomes
    • Explore further partnership working in Doncaster, where appropriate.
    • Share photos, videos and people’s experience of the engagement activities (providing consent is given by participants).
    • Share your project on social media.

    Applications will not be accepted for activities promoting religious beliefs, political activities or goods that have already been bought or ordered.

     

    You can complete the Micro-Grant application by completing the form below, or by downloading the PDF or Word Document version, which should then be emailed to

    microgrants@voluntaryactiondoncaster.org.uk

    If you would like help and support to complete your application then please do not hesitate to contact us directly via this dedicated micro-grant email.