The fund is open to public sector organisations, charities, social enterprises, community groups and other voluntary organisations that have independent governance and an asset lock. The involvement of children and families with lived experience in the project proposal will be a key assessment criterion, and they are particularly interested in applications which include coproduction approaches to service design, delivery and review. All applications under this stream must demonstrate how the proposal considers the conclusions of the Independent Care Review as they relate directly to the children and families the initiative will support.
They are seeking applications that are based on partnership approaches which demonstrate how they will take a Whole Family Approach which is Relational and Rights-Based when delivering front-line services which support children and families.
What can be funded?
- Funding of up to £100,000 per year for four years can be used for service development and improvements, which may include additional staffing, co-production costs and contributions to overheads. Please note that they expect to provide a range of grant sizes and that the amount requested should be proportionate to the turnover of your organisation and the scale of the work proposed.
- Collaborative working between organisations and services will be key in this work. Partnership applications are encouraged, but one organisation must take the lead applicant role and the maximum grant remains £100,000 per year.
- They are particularly interested in projects which involve statutory and third sector organisations working closely together to meet the needs of children and families.
- They expect applications to demonstrate how they have worked with ADPs or other public sector organisations, third sector partners and people with lived/living experience to identify how the proposal will address needs and gaps in the area.
- They would like to see significant involvement of children and families in the design, delivery and review of the project. They would be particularly interested in proposals which will coproduce the proposed work with people who will use the service as part of an ongoing and committed partnership.
- They fund proposals that take a relational approach to service delivery, offering support which is unconditional and takes a rights-based approach. Proposals must also demonstrate how they will take a Whole Family Approach, linked to the principles outlined by the Scottish Government’s Whole Family Approach working group. The proposals must also show how the service will respond to individual needs and preferences.
- While match funding is not a requirement for this fund, applications for work which has secured some funding from public sector organisations (for example from local authorities or ADPs) may help demonstrate a commitment to collaborative work, a multi-agency and/or strategic approach to sustainable funding.
- Continuation funding for projects previously funded by a National Drugs Mission fund is available, with restrictions. No project will receive more than five years of funding. Please speak to one of Corra’s Grant Advisors regarding eligibility and the appropriate term for continuation funding
- All applications to the Children & Families Fund will need to provide a letter of support from their local Alcohol and Drugs Partnership (ADP) Chair AND the Chair of the Children’s Services Planning Partnership. They would encourage you to contact your ADP and Children’s Services Planning Partnership early and to take a collaborative approach to developing this application, as they will be looking at things like partnership working, sustainability and strategic alignment as part of the assessment process.
- Applicants must be currently delivering frontline services in Scotland to support children and families affected by alcohol and drugs.
- The Children & Families Fund is open to public sector organisations, charities, social enterprises, community groups and other voluntary organisations that have independent governance and an asset lock.
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