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VCS Workforce Development Grants 2019-20 Programme

Grants of up to £2,000 available for learning and development in voluntary and community organisations

Hertfordshire County Council Adult Care Services are funding a grant scheme for voluntary and community sector organisations that provide adult social care in Hertfordshire. The grants are managed by HCF Training and Development.

Who is eligible to apply?

Organisations must deliver services in Hertfordshire and be one of the following:
  • Registered Charity

  • Company with Charitable Status

  • Social Enterprise

  • Constituted Voluntary/Community Group


Organisations must provide adult social care and be able to demonstrate that all or the majority of their clients/service users are 19+ and fall into one or more of the following categories:
  • Older people

  • Learning disability or difficulty

  • Physical disability

  • Sensory impairment

  • Physical or mental health illness

  • Substance misuse

  • Domestic violence

  • Carers (for adults in one of the above groups)

  • Or for any other reason are in need, at risk, or face poverty*


* N.B. Poverty or unemployment are not acceptable on their own as criteria
Organisations must directly deliver services that protect people who use care services, or preserve or advance physical or mental health, or promote independence and social inclusion, or improve opportunities and life chances.

Who is not eligible to apply?
  • Individuals who are not currently paid staff, a volunteer or a trustee of an eligible organisation

  • Organisations that provide services to parents or families where the primary beneficiary is the child

  • Statutory bodies or private companies that do not have charitable status

  • Organisations that do not provide frontline services to the community/public



How much can we apply for?
The maximum grant for an organisation for the financial year ending 31st March 2020 is £2,000
The maximum grant for the development of an individual working within an organisation is £500
The grants may be used as a contribution towards a development programme, but applicants will be required to demonstrate that they have secured the remainder of the funding before the grant is paid and that there is no double-funding.
The grant must be confirmed and the activity started before 31st March 2020, but it is not required to be completed before this date.

What can the grant be used for?
The grant must be used for either:
  • Learning and development of the organisation’s workforce

  • Development of the capacity of the organisation to deliver training and skills to its workforce, to carers or to service users/clients


Examples of acceptable uses include:
  • Training or qualifications for paid staff, volunteers or trustees

  • Coaching or mentoring for key leaders (e.g. managers or trustees)

  • Equipment, software or other resources/materials that will be used for the delivery of training and skills to the workforce, carers or service users/clients

  • Costs associated with accreditation of courses (provided there is a sustainable plan for maintaining this)

  • To develop and run peer support programmes to aid recovery and provide on-going care and support



The grant may not be used for
  • Activities that have already started

  • Refreshments, lunches etc. for participants

  • Repeating the same activities funded by this grant programme in 17-18 or 18-19

  • Staff salaries (unless required to work additional hours)

  • Contributions to other HCF Training and Development courses already subsidised by HCC.



Impact of your training & development activity
Applicants will also need to demonstrate that the activity funded will have an impact on one or more of the following objectives and complete an evaluation after the end of the programme:
  • Improve the governance, management or business skills of your organisation

  • Help your organisation to operate legally and safely

  • Support your organisation to become sustainable and more enterprising

  • Gear your organisation up for personal budgets and/or direct payments for services

  • Enable your organisation to provide quality preventative services in the community

  • Encourage volunteering

  • Raise awareness of adult safeguarding and how to report concerns

  • Improve the skills and employability of adults with physical or learning disabilities, mental illness or other social care needs



How do we apply?
1. Contact hcftraining@hertscf.org.uk - we will ask you to complete a simple enquiry form and arrange for an advisor to meet you. The form can be downloaded below.
2. The advisor will conduct an Organisations Needs Analysis (ONA), discuss your request for a grant and help you to complete the application. You can download and view the application form below, but please note that unsolicited applications will not be accepted.
3. Organisations that have already completed an ONA with HCF Training since April 2018 will have a brief consultation with an advisor unless there has been a substantial change in circumstances
4. The application will be submitted to HCF Training and Development - and you will be informed by e-mail whether or not the application is approved
5. Applicants will be required to provide evidence of the activity that is being funded e.g. confirmation of acceptance of a place on a course, copies of registers, acceptance of quotes, copies of invoice/receipt, before payment will be released.
6. 85% of the agreed amount of funding will be paid by BACS or cheque on receipt of the above evidence. If agreed in advance with HCF Training and Development, training providers may invoice us direct.
7. The remaining 15% will be paid once we have received the completed final evaluation form.

When can we apply?
The 2019-20 programme will be open for applications from the following dates:
1st May 2019: for organisations who have not received a VCS workforce development grant in the last programme (2018-19)
1st July 2019: for organisations who were awarded less than £1,000 in 2018-19 or organisations with an annual income of less than £300,000 in the latest complete financial year regardless of the value of previous workforce development grants.
1st September 2019: for all eligible organisations
  • Applications will be reviewed and grants awarded on a first come first served basis until all the funding has been allocated.

  • Once awarded, grant recipients will be required to confirm the timetable for activities and to keep HCF Training and Development informed of any changes

  • Applications will not be considered from any organisation who has not completed activities funded by their 2018-19 grant or where the monitoring evidence and/or evaluation has not been submitted.

  • Organisations may submit an enquiry form and start work with an advisor on their ONA and grant application prior to these dates.

  • HCF Training and Development may adjust this timetable depending on the level of applications.



HCFT ONA Enquiry Form
HCFT Enquiry Form for ONA and VCS Workforce Development Grants

HCFT WFD Grants Application Form 2019-20
HCFT Workforce Development Grants Application Form 2019-20

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