For our 2014/15 grants funding we brought in a robust and transparent process, which aligned all our funding into yearly grants, with measurable outcomes to assess. Read the Grant Funding Toolkit.
We consulted with our voluntary organisations and existing beneficiaries to ensure the new process was well received (view consultation questions), and welcomed bids from both existing grant funded organisations and new initiatives.
We had a total of 28 bids, for a funding pot of just over £200,000 - we were massively oversubscribed, with these bids totally £768,000!
The bids were scored against a robust set of measurements, with a huge weighting placed on social value; this is an innovative approach which has attracted interest from across the country. The scoring panel included representatives from partner organisations and patient representatives; each bid was considered at length, and scored and moderated.
14 bids were successful, and we are delighted to have been able to support some really valuable and innovative initiatives with a range of outcomes to support vulnerable people across our two localities.
One of the organisations who successfully bid for funding was South Staffordshire CAB.
Case example: CAB Floating Advisor
The project enables us to provide a specialist floating /peripatetic adviser service for up to 20 hours per week which operates in the Seisdon Peninsula area. It is aimed at providing access to advice on a flexible basis for clients who find it difficult to leave their homes or travel far to reach advice and support services due to disability, poor physical or mental health, vulnerability or other difficult circumstances like caring responsibilities.
Cathy Barlow, Bureau Manager for South Staffs CAB, said: We’re delighted to have secured funding from the CCG to enable us to continue our work with vulnerable people in the South Staffordshire area. Our work delivers a vital service to people who are unable to reach traditional support services due to poor health.
“A home visit or convenient appointment in their local community can be arranged with our specialist adviser. GPs, healthcare professionals, local authorities, housing associations, social services, support workers, local community groups and charities are able to sign post or refer people in need to the service.”
Our adviser delivers comprehensive welfare benefits and income maximisation advice to help those struggling with debt and financial difficulties. We carry out checks to ensure vulnerable people and those in need are claiming all the benefits they are entitled to. In particular, we help them to fill in complex and time consuming application forms, understand how to appeal when benefits are withdrawn and to deal with the effect of welfare reform. Our advice has empowered clients to have more control over their circumstances, helped to alleviate stress and anxiety and so improve their health and well being.
“The home visit I had was a tremendous help to me. It took the pressure off hoping to be well enough to go out that day, it was so helpful. Because of my disabilities it took away all my stress – five star service.”
Cruse Bereavement Care
Cruse have produced a video explaining the valuable work they do: