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HCC – Rural Connections Grant

Applicants are invited to provide a service to develop and support local volunteers in rural settings who will provide information and advice for vulnerable adults in their communities, and facilitate connections with other services and assets (e.g. community amenities, buildings or people). In particular this includes reaching groups that are at risk of experiencing loneliness and social isolation.

The service is expected to be preventative in nature, aiming to encourage and capacity build people to stay well and independent in their communities for as long as possible. This will help to reduce demand on social care and the health system and improve people’s quality of life. This is of particular importance in rural communities where providing care is more challenging and costly.

The service is also expected to focus on making connections with other key local assets, in particular, Town and Parish Councils and other local support and social groups, which can also help to support the delivery of the service, as well as facilitate the development of local solutions to respond to local needs.

The service, through the volunteers, will provide information and advice to vulnerable adults about local support, linking to larger and more specialist information and advice agencies where relevant.

Extended details of the requirements and the application process are available at:

http://www3.hants.gov.uk/grants/adult-services-grants/ruralconnections.htm

Period and amount

The term of the grant will be from award in October 2018 until March 2020. Grant applications for solutions in the range of £45,000 to £60,000. The amount of funding requested should reflect the extent to which the application meets part or all of the above criteria.

All applications must be received by 10am Monday 13th August using the application form and process. The department reserves the right to share contact details of applicants with one another where proposals are complimentary.

Please note: Basingstoke Voluntary Action work closely with the local community to raise awareness of grants and also assist with advice and guidance on applications etc. If you apply for this or any other grant, please let us know via email to enable us to understand what is being applied for. Also, if you are in fact successful in receipt of any grant please let us know to enable reporting of such funding locally.

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