Deadline: 1 June 2020
The fund aims to make a small number of awards to those organisations working in the community and voluntary sector, who are delivering innovative and new projects offering additional value in social care at this time, in areas where statutory support is falling short of need, is limited, or in some places at the moment non existent, as the public sector focuses on emergencies. The area of benefit is County Antrim only.
There will be five grants offered of £10,000 to five different organisations.
Examples of potential projects that they may be able to support include:
- Initiatives, such as enhanced befriending. The funding will prioritise those groups who are thinking about how they can befriend in an innovative way, and in line with guidance around social distancing and isolation. The support also must include encouragement to become as independent as possible, if appropriate, and directing the beneficiary to further support if needed.
- Pilot projects linked to addressing social care, in particular geographical communities where existing provision may be limited or non existent.
- Training to better coordinate services working in social care, or for organisations to build their capacity to coordinate, and become more strategic.
- System updates and organisational capacity support for those organisations providing social care, to better accept referrals, either by calls, or online, enabling better coordination of volunteer support, as well as to relevant services that might help.
- Home based nursing provision and social care.
- Bespoke services for patients, carers and loved ones, through terminal illness.
- Any project that supports enhancement in skills or knowledge within the applicant organisation, innovation, increasing reach, scaling up or across, building collaborations to deliver efficiency, strengthening your structures and processes, or strengthening your organisation’s reputation or connections – but, importantly, in a planned and strategic fashion that may deliver sustainable change in social care.
The Foundation expects projects to include:
- An innovative, expanded, and/or more efficient and effective service offer
- Strong leadership and governance
- Improved management systems
- Sound impact measurement systems
- Thoughts around future strategic planning and direction in relation to social care
- Collaborative approaches, where possible
- Strengthened networks
- Registered charities and,
- Constituted community organisations, and CICs, within Northern Ireland, who are working to support social care in the County Antrim area only
- Applications are invited from community and voluntary sector organisations who are supporting social care needs in Northern Ireland during the covid 19 threat.
- The threat of covid 19, and the further isolation of older people, is likely to continue to remain for at least four to six months.
- Funding will be focused on those organisations who can adapt and have been innovative, to enable them to support those most in need at this time.
For more information, visit https://communityfoundationni.org/grants/the-mccall-social-care-fund/