SUPPORT FOR THE VCS
We value the important role played by community groups and voluntary sector. We offer the following to help build capacity and resilience in the community;
A weekly e-newsletter distributed to over 1800 contacts in the community, non profit, health and social care sector in West Kent
Asset mapping and directory of activities with a dedicated Information Officer; we can advise on local groups and provision
Meetings, events and networks for people working in the non profit sector, themed around key issues
We manage a community capacity fund for social prescribing, £25,000 per year to support local groups and activities in West Kent which improve health and wellbeing.
VCS Fund – Awarding Criteria
**This year, we have heard from partners and stakeholders that there is a need for more community activities, groups and support for people with autistic spectrum disorder in West Kent. Therefore, we are particularly seeking applications which outline how they will be inclusive of people with ASD, either through encouraging people with ASD to join and attend or for activities and groups specifically designed for people with ASD.**
Involve Connect Well has £25,000 to fund Voluntary Sector Organisations who are registered with Involve, either formally on our directory Connect Well West Kent, or are working with local social prescribing link workers. Organisations are invited to apply for £100 - £5000 to support new or existing provision that is able to/or is receiving referrals from Involve Connect Well. In order to support a variety of work we are looking to give out a mixture of small and larger grants. We are looking for applications related to the direct delivery of specific activities, groups or services.
Involve will award the grants on the below key principles. Each principle will receive a mark out of 5, creating a total mark out of 25.
Value for money – Involve will look for groups/activities/services that maximise participation through either client spaces, volunteer placements or both. The aim of the grant is to increase capacity within the VCS and grants will be awarded to those who are able to take on greater numbers of clients and/or volunteers
Unmet needs in the community – grants will be awarded to those who have identified a gap in provision in their local area. New groups are encouraged to form and deliver new services/activities not currently available
Evidence of benefit to wellbeing – grant applications must demonstrate clear evidence that the group/activity/service has a positive impact on the wellbeing of clients and volunteers. Evidence can be provided from existing or past work or from local or national research
Ability to accept referrals from Social Prescribing Link Workers – applicants must be able to accept referrals from Involve Link Workers, agreeing to the terms and conditions of joining the Involve Connect Well Directory where possible. Smaller groups not meeting the T&Cs will also be considered.
Geographical spread – successful applicants will be distributed across West Kent, with preference given to those in the locality of an Involve Link Worker
Applications will be assessed by the Involve CEO, Deputy CEO and Volunteering & Engagement Management. Click here to see grants awarded 18/19.
Please click here to download the application form. Applications close on Friday 10th January.
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