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Grants to provide services and activities which help improve the lives of older people and adults with disabilities in Hertfordshire

Please Note - This programme is now closed

The programme has been relaunched in September 2021 having been paused since March 2020 due to the pandemic. If you submitted an application in 2020 or have one in progress, HCF will email you with information on how to review and update your application.

These grants are initially for two years, funding services and activities from April 2022. There is no limit to the size of group applying.

The Community Opportunities & Day Activities Grants programme is being funded by Adult Care Services (ACS) Commissioning team and managed by Hertfordshire Community Foundation

The funding replaces current block grant contracts with the HCC Community Wellbeing team for this specific provision, but is also open to the wider voluntary sector.
The Adult Care Services (ACS) Commissioning team wants to work closely with the voluntary sector to improve the quality of life of older people and adults with disabilities in Hertfordshire. These grants are designed to fund community based activities which focus on Hertfordshire’s Connected Lives approach. Connected lives is about helping people to live the life they want. It’s not just about connecting people to other people, but connecting them to communities, networks, employment and volunteering opportunities, technology and equipment. It is a strong tool in combating loneliness. Services and activities funded by these grants will also play a pivotal role in preventing or reducing reliance on formal care services. ACS wants to ensure a joined-up support and care network for those who need health and adult social care including older people and working age adults with disabilities.

Applications are welcomed from voluntary sector organisations running:
  • lunch clubs,

  • day services,

  • group activities at any time of day,

  • one to one support to access the community and employment plus technology and equipment

  • services provided in rural areas.



Webinar:
A recording of the webinar that took place on Monday 13 September 2021 to restart the programme can be found here.
The presentation slides used in the webinar can be found here.

Further information:

For more information on the fund including eligibility criteria full grant criteria and application guidance see the guidance notes below.
Community Opportunities & Day Activities Guidance 2021

For quick access to Frequently Asked Questions click on document below
FAQs Community Opportunities

The form is straightforward but we recommend you read the guidance notes before you get started.

Start your application here

APPLY HERE

Support available:

If you want to talk about your plans or would like some advice on whether your project fulfils the criteria before committing to an application, contact the grants team at Hertfordshire Community Foundation.
Please email: grants@hertscf.org.uk

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