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The Community Support Fund is a community-based package of financial and non-financial support for disabled people in the areas affected by the Remploy factory closures. Full details here:......

The Community Support Fund is a community-based package of financial and non-financial support for disabled people in the areas affected by the Remploy factory closures. Full details here: http://odi.dwp.gov.uk/communitysupportfund

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  • 1. July 2012 Community Support Fund Information Pack for: Disabled People’s User Led Organisations / Voluntary and Community Sector OrganisationsThis pack is divided into the following sections:1. What is the Community Support Fund (CSF)2. Local organisations role in the CSF3. Community Support Fund criteria and conditions4. How decisions to award funding will be made5. Examples of CSF funding6. Other local organisations in your area7. Disabled Peoples User Led Organisations Ambassadors8. Community Support Fund Application Form9. Community Support Fund Guidance Notes10. 3 “Road to the Community Support Fund” Diagrams (in separate Powerpoint documents)Further information on the Community Support Fund can be found on the Office for DisabilityIssues website at:http://odi.dwp.gov.uk/communitysupportfundOr you can send enquiries by email to:ODI.BUSINESSPERFORMANCE@DWP.GSI.GOV.UK Page 1 of 31
  • 2. July 2012 Section 1 – What is the Community Support Fund (CSF)?BackgroundThe Minister for Disabled People announced a £1.5m Community Support Fund as a part of thecomprehensive £8m People Help and Support Package for disabled Remploy employees whohave been made redundant.The Community Support Fund will offer financial and non-financial support to local disabledpeople’s user led organisations (DPULOs) and voluntary sector organisations (VSOs) to deliverprojects and activities to meet the specific needs of disabled ex-Remploy employees.The aim of the Community Support FundThe overall aim of the Community Support Fund is to make a positive difference to the lives of theindividuals and families affected by the Remploy factory closures. Section 2 – Local Organisations role in the CSFThe Community Support Fund is targeted at local organisations, such as DPULOs, charitable andvoluntary sector organisations, in geographical areas where ex-Remploy employees live.Local organisations in the areas surrounding the factory closures will have the opportunity to applyfor funding to take forward a variety of projects and or activities to support groups of ex-Remployemployees.To qualify for funding organisations will need to work with individuals affected by the factoryclosures to identify activities and interests, which will help them to become more involved in thelocal community, maintain links with work colleagues or move into a new job.What the project/activity looks like is for the organisation and the ex-Remploy employees todetermine. To help organisations with applications for funding the Disabled People’s User LedOrganisations (DPULO) Ambassadors will be available to offer advice or support to develop ideas.Details about the ambassadors are is included in section 7.To provide stronger outcomes for the local area the Community Support fund will welcome andencourage partnership working. Applications will be considered to be stronger if they show thedevelopment of, or demonstrate effective partnership working.To support you with this a list of other local organisations in the area is included in the next sectionof this pack.If you are aware of any other organisation who should be added to this list, please email thedetails to us at: ODI.BUSINESSPERFORMANCE@DWP.GSI.GOV.UK Page 2 of 31
  • 3. July 2012 Section 3 – Criteria and ConditionsTo qualify for funding local organisations will need to complete an application form, which clearlydemonstrates input from disabled ex-Remploy employees and provide details of projects, oractivities that deliver one or both of the following two key outcomes:Community- • To support disabled Remploy employees affected by factory closures to play a more active role in the local community. This could include taking part in a variety of group activities to maintain relationships with ex-work colleagues, or create new friendships within the community. And / orEmployment • To support ex-Remploy employees to move from sheltered to mainstream employment. This could include taking part in volunteering opportunities or learning and development activities to develop new skills.Who can apply for funding?Local organisation in the areas around the factory closures can apply for a modest amount offunding and fall into one of the categories below: • A Disabled People’s User-Led Organisation (DPULO) • A Voluntary and Community Sector Organisation • A Charity • A Social Enterprise • A Community Interest Company • A Non-Profit OrganisationHow much funding is available?There is no maximum amount an organisation can apply for, however the Community SupportFund Board is likely to request more detailed information about outcomes and value for money forany application that is at the higher end of the range of awards (above £15,000).There is no minimum amount an organisation can apply for, however, applications will beconsidered by the Community Support Fund Board to ensure a fair geographical spread in theareas affected by the Remploy factory closures.How many applications can an organisation make?Organisations can make more than one application for funding – for example, if an organisationsproposes to work in partnership across several geographic areas, applications will be consideredas long as: - The application differs from any other application - There is a proven need for the funding - Capacity to deliver across all the applications is proven - Funds are still available having taken into account the funds distributed to date. Page 3 of 31
  • 4. July 2012How many applications can each area make?Areas can make more than one application but each application will need to demonstrate: - There is no duplication with any other application - There is a proven need for the funding - The number of bids is proportionate with the scale of activity anticipated (see Annex 2 for further information) - Demand in all other areas has been met - Funds are still available having taken into account the funds distributed to date. Section 4 – How decisions to award funding will be madeThe Community Support Fund BoardDecisions on funding awards will be made by the Community Support Fund Board. This decisionmaking group will be drawn from DPULO Ambassadors and representatives from VCSorganisations. It will be jointly chaired by the DPULO Programme National Leads.The Board will consider the first round of applications within at least two months of the launch ofthe Community Support Fund. Subsequent board meetings will be arranged as necessary and willfocus on areas that do not receive an award in the first round.What happens when funding is approved?Having secured funding for the activity/project from the Community Support Fund, yourorganisation will continue to work with the individual, or group, to ensure the activity, or projecttakes place. Section 5 – CSF ExamplesWhat the project/activity looks like will be up to the individuals and it is likely to be different in eacharea but here are some examples of the types of activities the CSF can fund. Employment Focused Activities A group of ex employees would like to explore setting up as a micro enterprise – for example as a gardening business or in recycling furniture. A local voluntary organisation, working closely with a social enterprise like Community Catalysts or Business in the Community, applies for funding to support the group. This project will enable the group to develop their skills, set up a business model, develop their marketing and support them to find potential clients. A local DPULO applies for funding to provide a peer-to-peer service that will provide advice, guidance and support planning for people going through the social care process. People contributing to this can choose to be paid or provide pro bono support. The DPULO uses the CSF to fund the training development programme for a group of ex-Remploy employees over 6 months. Page 4 of 31
  • 5. July 2012 A number of ex employees have experience and expertise in understanding access issues for disabled people. A local DPULO applies for funding to provide an accredited training course for these individuals to become qualified access auditors, as well as support them to find opportunities to use their new qualifications. More generally, DPULOs can apply to run a variety of courses to support individuals to develop skills in several areas. For example DPULOs can run Train the Trainers courses to support any individuals who would like to become a trainer on topics such as Disability Equality Trainings. Community Based Activities A local association helps to maintain a local park / community space, as well as explore the history of the park. A group of ex employees have an interest in local history. A voluntary sector organisation applies for funding to work with the local association to support the group to have access to the meetings and contribute to its work. This activity will help the group interact with the local organisation. A group of ex employees have a particular interest in film and cinema. A DPULO applies for funding to set up a local film club, and works with a local cinema in the longer term to find ways the group can maintain their interest. This activity will allow the group to meet on a regular basis and become more involved with the local community. A group of ex Remploy employees are keen supporters of their local football team. To support the group a local disabled people’s organisation works with the football club and existing volunteers to enable the group to regularly attend football matches and support the club’s local fundraising activities at various events. This activity enables the ex employees to maintain links with work colleagues. Section 6 - Other local organisations in your areaA list of local organisations in your area will follow within a few days (in word format).If you are aware of any other organisation who should be added to this list, please email thedetails to us at: ODI.BUSINESSPERFORMANCE@DWP.GSI.GOV.UK Section 7 - Disabled Peoples User Led Organisations AmbassadorsWhat is a DPULO Ambassador?Ambassadors are well-respected people who, through their position, experience, expertise andwork, can provide a voice for disabled people in the local area, share good practice, make linkswithin the local area and are experts in developing project plans.Further information on the role of Ambassadors can be found on the Office for Disability IssuesWebsite.http://odi.dwp.gov.uk/odi-projects/user-led-organisations.php Page 5 of 31
  • 6. July 2012Additional Disabled People’s User Led Organisations (DPULO) Ambassadors have been recruitedto ensure all areas are covered and to support local organisations to apply for funding CommunitySupport Fund (CSF).DPULO Ambassadors, location and contact detailsMargaret Simpson, MBE Tom Raines • Scotland • Manchester (other areas to beEmail: margaretdpulo@live.co.uk agreed) Email: tomrainesdpulo@gmail.comCerrys Hill Taiba Yasseen • Wales • Rotherham (other areas to beEmail: cerrys.dpulo@hotmail.co.uk agreed) Email: taiba.dpluo@yahoo.com.Barry Ginley Aidan Toomey • Kent • Lancashire • Surrey • Merseyside • Sussex • West YorkshireEmail: b.ginley@vam.ac.uk • Manchester • Burnley Email: Aidan.ToomeyDPULO@gmail.comLynne Turnbull Rachael Wallach • Cheshire • London • Staffordshire • Buckinghamshire • Derbyshire • Oxfordshire • Preston Email: rachael.wallach@Lewisham.gov.uk • LancashireEmail: lturnbull.dpulo@btinternet.comMark Baggley Mike Adams • East Yorkshire • Essex • South Yorkshire • Bedfordshire • Nottinghamshire • Hertfordshire • Lincolnshire • Suffolk, Norfolk • Leicestershire • Cambridgeshire • East Midlands • East London BoroughsEmail: mark@choicesandrights.org.uk Email: madams@ecdp.org.ukOliver Wood Sue Rickell • North Yorkshire • Bristol • Durham • Gloucestershire • Northumberland • SomersetEmail: oliverwoodnkau@gmail.com • Wiltshire (South) • Cornwall Email: sue.rickell@alliesinchange.org.ukTess McManus Tom Hendrie • Dorset • Cumbria • Devon • North Yorkshire • North London • Lancashire (north of the Pennies)Email: tess.mcmanus@gmail.com Email: tom.hendrie@btinternet.comTina Jones Page 6 of 31
  • 7. July 2012 • Shropshire • Worcestershire • Herefordshire • Northamptonshire (South) • BirminghamEmail: tina.jones@listennotlabel.org.ukFurther information about the Strengthening DPULOs Programme, National Lead / DPULOAmbassador roles, and financial support available through the Facilitation Fund can be found at:http://odi.dwp.gov.uk/odi-projects/user-led-organisations.php Section 8 - Community Support Fund Application FormThank you for considering applying to the Community Support Fund.To assist you in completing this form we have created some guidance notes. Accessible versionsof this form and the guidance notes are also available. All of these can be found on our website:http://odi.dwp.gov.uk/communitysupportfundPlease read the guidance notes before you complete this application form. They contain usefulinformation about the Community Support Fund, including by when your application should besubmitted for consideration in each funding round.If you have any questions about your application please contact us by emailingodi.businessperformance@dwp.gsi.gov.uk.Your contact detailsName of your organisation:Name and position in the organisation of the person completing this form:Postal address:Telephone number:Mobile phone number:Email address:Organisation website:1. About your application1.1 Is this a partnership/joint application? Yes (see questions below) / No (proceed to Section 2)Please note: Applications to the Community Support Fund from organisations working incollaboration – that can develop and demonstrate effective partnership working, especially with Page 7 of 31
  • 8. July 2012disabled people and their organisations – will be particularly encouraged. See Section 9.2 – Area3 of the Guidance Notes.1.2 Are you the lead contact/organisation? Yes / No Please note only the lead organisation can make the application1.3 List the name(s) of the organisation(s) who you are working with you in this project/activity1.4 Is/Are the organisation(s) you are working in partnership with one or more of the following: • A Disabled People’s User-Led Organisation (DPULO) Yes / No • A Voluntary and Community Sector Organisation Yes / No • A Charity Yes / No • A Social Enterprise Yes / No • A Community Interest Company Yes / No • A Non-Profit Organisation Yes / No • An employee- or member-owned organisation Yes / No • Other (please specify) Yes / No • Working in collaboration with another organisation (Please provide details) Yes / No2. About the lead organisation2.1 Are you: • A DPULO Yes / No • A Voluntary and Community Sector Organisation Yes / No • A Charity Yes / No • A Social Enterprise Yes / No • A Community Interest Company Yes / No • A Non-Profit Organisation Yes / No • Other (please specify) Yes / No3. Your location3.1 Are you: • In one or more local community/communities affected by a Remploy Factory closure? (A list of geographical areas is included in the Guidance Notes.) Yes / No Please state which area(s): • 3.2 If not, can you demonstrate a clear understanding of the needs of the local community/communities affected by the Remploy Factory closure? Please supply supporting evidence.4. Funding4.1a Can you confirm that your organisation has not received funding for this particularproject/activity from UK Government or the Devolved Administrations Yes/ No Page 8 of 31
  • 9. July 20124.1b Can you confirm that this project/activity is over and above what your organisation isdelivering with any funding from central government or the Devolved Administrations Yes/ No4.1c Have you received or applied for funding from either the Community Support Fund orStrengthening DPULOs Programme Facilitation Fund1 before? Yes / NoIf yes, please provide your reference number(s):4.2 Please provide confirmation that you are applying for the funding as the lead officer for theorganisation and have regularly audited accounts that could be made available on request: Yes / No4.3 Please confirm you can receive payment of any award made through the CommunitySupport Fund Yes / No4.4 Please provide confirmation that you have read and understand your obligations withregards to de minimis awards received, detailed in Schedule 3 Yes / No4.5 What is the total amount of de minimis aid your organisation has already been grantedduring the previous two fiscal years and the current fiscal year?4.6 Please confirm that the amount of grant applied for will not result in the total amount of deminimis aid received during the previous two fiscal years and the current fiscal year exceeding€200,000: Yes / No4.7 Please confirm that you will retain details of this grant and produce it on any request by theUK public authorities or the European Commission: Yes / No5. About your proposed activity / project5.1 What is the name of your proposed activity / project?5.2 How much you are applying for?5.3 Please summarise your proposed activity / project (150 words max)5.4 Please use the Project Plan template contained at Schedule 1 to tell us your proposed keyactivities, outputs and associated timescales5.5 For each activity and associated output(s) please use the Budget Breakdown templatecontained at Schedule 2 to tell us what money you require1 Question only applicable to England-only organisations pre-July 2012 Page 9 of 31
  • 10. July 20126. Delivering the outcomes of the Community Support Fund6 How will your proposed activity / project make a positive difference to the lives of disabled people affected by the Remploy Factory closure? To do so, it should cover one or both of the following bullets: • Support individuals to become actively involved in their local communities or/and • Support individuals to make the move from sheltered to mainstream employment. (100 words) (See Sections 2 and 3 of the Guidance notes for more information about the the aim and objectives of the Community Support Fund)7. Developing Communities and working in partnership • Important note: you must clearly demonstrate how disabled people affected by the Remploy Factory closure have been involved in developing the proposed activity / project. See Area 2 of the Essential Criteria in the Guidance Notes.7.1 What individuals or groups have you engaged with to develop your proposed activity /project? Please list all of them here.For example: • Ex-Remploy employees? • Remploy factory? • A DPULO Ambassador/National Lead? • Other local organisations? • Local Authorities? • Local employers? • Anyone else?7.2 How have you engaged these individuals / groups to develop your proposed activity /project? (100 words)7.3 How will you be taking forward the partnership working to meet the objectives of thisproject/activity? (100 words)7.4 How will your activity / project develop, or strengthen links within the local community? (100words)7.5 If you haven’t discussed this activity / project with anyone else, please tell us why (100words) Page 10 of 31
  • 11. July 2012Please enclose any relevant letters of support with your application as this will strengthen yourapplication.8. Capturing impact, sustaining involvement and sharing learning • 8.1 How will you capture and understand the impact the proposed project / activity has to ensure it makes a positive difference to the lives of people affected by the a Remploy Factory closure? (100 words) • 8.2 Where possible, we would like to see the impact of the Community Support Fund extend beyond the funding period. How will you try to sustain the involvement of people affected by the Remploy Factory closure in your work beyond the time of the formal project? (100 words) Please note: This question is for information only. It will not be marked.8.3 How will you capture the wider learning from your activity / project for the benefit ofDPULOs and VCS organisations more generally, especially in working with disabled people? (100words) Please note: This question is for information only. It will not be marked.9. ConfirmationI confirm that if my application is successful I am happy for details of my award and myorganisations name and any partner names to be published on the ODI website and used in pressreleases to publicise the fund. Yes / NoThis application form has been completed and authorised by:Signature:Print name:Position:Organisation:Date: Page 11 of 31
  • 12. July 201210. Sending us your Community Support Fund applicationYour completed application form for the Community Support Fund should include all of thefollowing:• This application form• Letters of support• A completed project plan (Schedule 1)• A completed budget breakdown (Schedule 2)Once you have completed your Community Support Fund application form, please send it to theMaking a Difference team at:• Email: odi.businessperformance@dwp.gsi.gov.uk• Post: Office for Disability Issues, Ground Floor, Caxton House, 6-12 Tothill Street, London SW1H 9NAYou will receive confirmation from us that we have received your Community Support Fundapplication within 7-14 working days. Page 12 of 31
  • 13. July 2012 Community Support Fund Application: Schedule 1 – Your project planName of your organisation:Please complete this project plan template to tell us more about your proposed activity / project in more detail (to answer Question 5.4 of theapplication form).Activity Output Timescale1.2.3.4.5.Please add further rows as necessary Community Support Fund Application: Schedule 2 – Budget breakdown Name of your organisation: Please provide a breakdown of the costs you think will be covered by any funding awarded (to answer Question 5.5 of the application form). Activity number this Item of expenditure relates to (from your Budget (UK sterling) project plan) 1. 2. Page 13 of 31
  • 14. July 2012 Activity number this Item of expenditure relates to (from your Budget (UK sterling) project plan) 3. 4. 5. Please add further rows as necessary Total: This budget breakdown has been completed and authorised by: Signature: Print name: Position: Organisation: Date: Page 14 of 31
  • 15. July 2012 Community Support Fund Application: Schedule 3 – State Aid requirements What is State aid? Where a public body provides financial support to an organisation engaged in commercial and economic activity, it is necessary to consider whether such support constitutes State aid. State aid applies if: • Aid is granted by a Member State or through its resources; • It favours certain undertakings or the production of certain goods • It distorts threatens to distort competition ; and • It affects trade between Member States. Key questions to consider if a payment will fall within the state aid regulations: 1. Is the support provided granted by the State? This includes all public and private bodies controlled by the state to distribute public funds. For example, Lottery, tax exemptions, grants, subsidies. 2. Does the support confer a selective advantage to an undertaking? A benefit which is granted for free or on favorable (non-commercial) terms to some selected organisations (but not others), could be state aid. Definitions: Advantage: An advantage can take the form of direct payment of state resources in the form of grants and subsidies as well as indirect benefits that affect the public budget such as tax breaks, rate rebates, low interest loans, sale of public land below market value and the provision of services for free or at below-market rates. Selectivity: Support that targets particular businesses, regions or types of firm e.g. SMEs or particular sectors and not others is selective. Organisations - do not have to be profit-making as long as the activity carried out is one which, in principle, has commercial competitors. This can include voluntary and non-profit-making public or public authorities when they are engaged in economic activity. Charities, universities, research institutions, voluntary entities, social enterprises and public sector bodies will be considered when they are engaged in economic activity. Economic activity: Offering goods or services on a given market and which Page 15 of 31
  • 16. July 2012 could, at least in principle, be carried out by private actors in order to make profits. 3. Does the support distort or have the potential to distort competition? If the funding has the potential to strengthen the position of the organisation relative to other competitors then this criteria is likely to be met. The potential to distort competition does not need to be substantial or significant, and this criterion can apply to relatively small amounts of financial support and firms with little market share. 4. Does the support affect trade between Member States? Commissions interpretation of this is broad - it is sufficient that a product or service is tradeable between member states, even if the recipient of support does not itself export to other EU markets. This test is not met only in very limited circumstances. If all four questions are met State Aid applies. Additional information about de minimis aid previously received You are being considered for assistance under the De minimis Regulation (Regulation 1998/2006). This may allow an enterprise to receive up to €200,000 de minimis aid over any period of three fiscal years. - To establish whether you are eligible to receive de minimis aid you must declare the full amount of de minimis aid which you have already been granted during the previous two fiscal years and the current fiscal year. - Any assistance you may have received from a public body could potentially be de minimis aid. This might include assistance received from central, regional, or devolved governments, as well as from other agencies or local councils. - You should have received a letter informing you if you were given assistance under the de minimis regulation. If you are unsure as to whether or not any public assistance you have received is de minimis aid, please contact the granting body to clarify. Please provide information about any public assistance under €200,000 you have received in the last three years in question 6 of the application form. The following is not a comprehensive list of all possible forms of aid. However, it should provide an indication of some of the most common forms of de minimis aid which you may have been awarded over the past three years. Forms of possible aid: • State grants; Page 16 of 31
  • 17. July 2012 • Interest rate relief; • Tax relief; • Tax credits; • State guarantees or holdings; • State provision of goods or services on preferential terms; • Direct subsidies; • Tax exemptions; • Preferential interest rates; • Guarantees of loans on especially favourable terms; • Acquisition of land or buildings either gratuitously or on favourable terms; • Provision of goods and services on preferential terms; • Indemnities against operating losses; • Reimbursement of costs in the event of success; • State guarantees, whether direct or indirect, to credit operations preferential re-discount rates; • Dividend guarantees; • Preferential public ordering; • Reduction of, or exemption from, charges or taxes, including accelerated depreciation and the reduction of social contributions; • Deferred collection of fiscal or social contributions; • Assistance financed by special levies; • Capital transfers; • Certain State holdings in the capital of undertakings. Section 9 - Community Support Fund Guidance Notes Page 17 of 31
  • 18. July 2012 Thank you for considering applying to the Community Support Fund. To assist you in completing the application form we have created these guidance notes. Please read these guidance notes before you complete your application form. They contain useful information about the Community Support Fund. Accessible versions of the application form and the guidance notes (including versions with no tables) are also available. All of these can be found on our website, along with more information about the Community Support Fund at: http://odi.dwp.gov.uk/communitysupportfund If you have any questions about the Community Support Fund please contact us by emailing odi.businessperformance@dwp.gsi.gov.uk. Contents Name of your organisation:.....................................................................................................................................................................13 Please complete this project plan template to tell us more about your proposed activity / project in more detail (to answer Question 5.4 of the application form)......................................................................................................................................................................13 Name of your organisation:.....................................................................................................................................................................13 Please provide a breakdown of the costs you think will be covered by any funding awarded (to answer Question 5.5 of the application form)......................................................................................................................................................................................13 What is State aid?.....................................................................................................................................................................................................15 1. Introduction..........................................................................................................................................................................................19 2. Aim of the Community Support Fund..................................................................................................................................................20 3. Objectives of the Community Support Fund.......................................................................................................................................20 4. Principles informing the operation of the Community Support Fund..................................................................................................21 5. How much can I apply for? .................................................................................................................................................................................................................21 6. When will a decision be made on my application?.............................................................................................................................22 7. What the Community Support Fund can support ...............................................................................................................................23 8. Exclusions and limitations to the Community Support Fund..............................................................................................................23 8.1 Fund Exclusions.................................................................................................................................................................................................24 8.2 Fund limitations .................................................................................................................................................................................................24 8.3 State Aid.............................................................................................................................................................................................................25 9. Assessment criteria.............................................................................................................................................................................26 9.1 Qualification criteria...........................................................................................................................................................................................26 Page 18 of 31
  • 19. July 2012 9.2 Essential criteria.................................................................................................................................................................................................27 9.3 Scoring criteria...................................................................................................................................................................................................29 13. Terms & Conditions.........................................................................................................................................................................29 Annex 1: Other support available to individuals affected by the Remploy factory closures...................................................................30 1. Introduction In the UK Government’s response to the Sayce Review, the Minister for Disabled People, Maria Miller MP, announced a comprehensive £8m people help and support package for disabled Remploy employees affected by the Remploy factory closures. The help and support package contained a mixture of individual and community support. £1.5m of this has been allocated to the Community Support Fund. In July 2012, the Minister formally opened the Community Support Fund for bids from disabled people’s user-led organisations (DPULOs) and voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations2. The overall aim of the Community Support Fund is to make a positive difference to the lives of the individuals and families affected by the Remploy factory closures. It will do this through financial support to local DPULOs and VCS organisations to deliver support and services. The Community Support Fund will be focussed around the geographical areas affected by the Remploy factory closure. DPULOs and/or VCS organisations that are locally based or have local knowledge are able to apply for a modest amount of funding to support individuals affected by the Remploy factory closures to become actively involved in their local communities or/and support individuals to make the move from sheltered to mainstream employment. Applications received from organisations working in collaboration that can develop and demonstrate effective partnership working, will be particularly encouraged. See Section 9.2 – Area 3 below.2 Please note: by DPULOs and voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations we mean all non-profit distributing organisations, including: disabled people’s user-ledorganisations, voluntary and community sector organisations, charities, social enterprises, Community Interest Companies, non-profit organisations and employee- ormember-owned organisations Page 19 of 31
  • 20. July 2012 In addition to the Community Support Fund there is a range of support available for people affected by the Remploy factory closures including, for example, Personal Budgets. For your information, further detail on this People Help and Support Package is included in Annex 1 below. 2. Aim of the Community Support Fund The overall aim of the Community Support Fund is to make a positive difference to the lives of the individuals and families affected by Remploy factory closures. 3. Objectives of the Community Support Fund The objectives of the Community Support Fund are to: Support individuals affected by the Sayce announcement to: • Support individuals to play more of an active role in the local community, by taking part in a variety of group activities. These could include maintaining relationships with ex-work colleagues from Remploy, or creating new friendships within the community. And / or • Support individuals to move from sheltered to mainstream employment. This could include taking part in learning and development activities to develop new skills. Furthermore, projects supported through the Community Support Fund should: • Cover local areas affected by Remploy factory closures • Clearly demonstrate how disabled people affected by the Remploy factory closure have been involved in developing the proposed activity / project • Appropriately cover all disabled people and impairment groups, i.e. learning disabilities, long-term health conditions, mental health conditions, physical impairments and sensory impairments. • Appropriately cover all people with protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010 • Support a range of levels of innovation in the activities funded. Page 20 of 31
  • 21. July 2012 • Maximise other resources – both financial and non-financial – that can encourage participation in mainstream employment or activities in the community. 4. Principles informing the operation of the Community Support Fund The principles which inform the operation of the Community Support Fund were co-produced with key stakeholders and are presented below. • The Community Support Fund is accessible, inclusive and approaches this work from the social model of disability • It aims to be proportionate and light touch, as applied to:  The application process  The approach to accounting for spending  The approach to monitoring • It aims to be open:  Decisions will be clearly communicated with applicants, including the reasons why a bid was / wasn’t successful  General information that is not bound by the Data Protection Act will be made available, including assessment criteria and general information on awards made (e.g. average values, types of work supported, coverage etc.) 5. How much can I apply for? We are keen to encourage applications such that the Community Support Fund is appropriately distributed across all of the areas affected by Remploy factory closures. To this end, we have provided some guidance on how the broad amounts of financial resource could be distributed. There is also, however, a “common pot” available to reflect particular demand where it can be suitably evidenced. Before developing or submitting any application, we strongly suggest you make contact with your local Ambassador to discuss how much can be bid for from the Community Support Fund. You can find out who your local Ambassador is and what their contact details are here: http://odi.dwp.gov.uk/communitysupportfund Page 21 of 31
  • 22. July 2012 Key points: • There is no minimum amount you can apply for. However, applications will be considered by the board to ensure a fair geographical spread in the areas affected by the Sayce Announcement. • There is no maximum amount you can apply for, however the Board is likely to request more detailed information about outcomes and value for money for any application at the higher end of the range of awards available for each area affected by the Sayce announcement. • More than one application from an organisation – for example, if an organisations proposes to work in partnership across several geographic areas, applications will be considered as long as: o The application differs from any other application o There is a proven need for the funding o Capacity to deliver across all the applications is proven o Funds are still available having taken into account the funds distributed to date. • More than one application from an area will be considered as long as: o There is no duplication with any other application o There is a proven need for the funding o The number of bids is proportionate with the scale of activity anticipated (see Annex 2 for further information) o Demand in all other areas has been met o Funds are still available having taken into account the funds distributed to date. 6. When will a decision be made on my application? The decision to award funding will be made by the Community Support Fund Board. This decision making group will be drawn from DPULO Ambassadors and representatives from VCS organisations. It will be jointly chaired by the DPULO Programme National Leads. The Board will consider applications in a series of rounds. The closing dates associated with each round are published on the website: http://odi.dwp.gov.uk/communitysupportfund Page 22 of 31
  • 23. July 2012 Alternatively, you can contact odi.businessperformance@dwp.gsi.gov.uk to find out the dates. 7. What the Community Support Fund can support We strongly suggest you make contact with your local Ambassador to discuss what the Community Support Fund can support. You can find out who your local Ambassador is and what their contact details are here: http://odi.dwp.gov.uk/communitysupportfund The Community Support Fund will provide one-off or short-term payments which will support organisations to support individuals affected by the Remploy factory closures which will: • Deliver focused outcomes that make a positive difference to the lives of the individuals and families affected by the Remploy factory closures. • Support individuals affected by the Remploy factory closures to play an active role in their local communities • Support individuals affected by the Remploy factory closures who want to make the transition from sheltered employment to mainstream employment. By short term, we mean typically less than 18 months. Examples of activities / projects that can be supported include (but are not limited to) the following: • Enabling disabled people affected by the Remploy factory closures to have more choice and control over their lives • Providing disabled people with support to participate and have a voice in their local community • Developing a range of projects and activities that build skills, offer volunteering opportunities and provide training to support disabled people moving from sheltered employment into mainstream work. • Empowering individuals to understand and take control of the support available to them, including funding packages. 8. Exclusions and limitations to the Community Support Fund We strongly suggest you make contact with your local Ambassador to discuss what the Community Support Fund can’t support. You can find out who your local Ambassador is and what their contact details are here: http://odi.dwp.gov.uk/communitysupportfund Page 23 of 31
  • 24. July 2012 8.1 Fund Exclusions For the purposes of the Community Support Fund the following which is not exhaustive list will not be funded: • For ongoing running costs including day to day wage/salary costs, but this exclusion shall not apply to funding required for day to day wage/salary costs for a project which the Community Support Fund wholly or partly funds • To buy ongoing or regular services from a third party (note: one-off or short-term services are permissible) • To reimburse travel/childcare costs • To pay for rent/estates • To fund IT equipment in excess of the £1,000 capital threshold • To pay for refreshments • To pay for gifts • To fund working capital or retained to cover future running costs and expenditure • To fund contributions in kind • Interest payments or service charge payments for finance leases • To fund any other UK Government Department or anybody funded from central government. 8.2 Fund limitations Any funding given to support individuals affected by the Remploy factory closures which might be novel or contentious, or which could potentially bring the UK Government into disrepute, requires advance approval by the Office for Disability Issues. Funding can only be agreed and made to organisations that have auditable accounts. The only exception to this rule may be where an organisation is being set up to deliver Community Support Fund outcomes. If a problem arises after funding has been awarded, ODI reserves the right to recover any funding that has been fraudulently claimed. A fraudulent claim for these purposes includes: • Submitting false receipts • Submitting receipts for purchases that are unassociated with the Community Support Fund • Submitting receipts that are not duly reflected in the organisations’ auditable accounts. The decision to award funding may be revoked if the organisation closes before funding is awarded, or where an invoice is not submitted within three months of the decision notification and no reasonable explanation is given for the delay. Page 24 of 31
  • 25. July 2012 The Office for Disability Issues has discretion not to reimburse costs where a receipt, or invoice shows any materially misleading, or inaccurate information. DWP/ODI may also recover funding in the following instances: • When the Organisation does not spend the grant within 3 months of the payment (where applicable) and has failed to provide the Community Support Fund Board with a reasonable explanation for delay; • The Organisation obtains duplicate funding from a third party for the same costs; • The Organisation ceases to operate for any reason within a period deemed reasonable by the Community Support Board and proportionate to the level of funding awarded. 8.3 State Aid The Community Support Fund is classified as State Aid as defined under Articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and is granted as ‘de minimis’ aid under the De Minimis Aid Regulation. Where a public body provides financial support to an organisation engaged in commercial and economic activity, it is necessary to consider whether such support constitutes State aid. State aid applies to your organisation if: • Aid is granted by a Member State, or through its resources • It favours certain undertakings, or the production of certain goods • It distorts, or threatens to distort competition • It affects trade between Member States. If all four questions are satisfied State Aid applies and we would need to consider details of any/all State Aid funding your organisation has received. Grants offered under the terms of the state aid de minimis regulations, funding will not be awarded where the Organisation has received funding, in three years, in excess of the ‘de minimis’ limit of 200,000Euro. Page 25 of 31
  • 26. July 2012 9. Assessment criteria Applications to the Community Support Fund will be assessed against two sets of criteria: • Qualification criteria • Essential criteria. These are explained in more detail below. 9.1 Qualification criteria The information below explains each of the qualification criteria and which questions (in bold) we will consider to determine if your application meets these criteria. Your application must be able to meet each of the qualification criteria below (unless stated otherwise). Qualification criteria Evidence The lead organisation is a DPULO or VCS organisation Question 2.1 If you are not the lead organisation you cannot apply The proposed activity / project takes place within one or more local Questions 3.1, 3.2 community / communities affected by the Remploy factory closures The application is for a piece of work / project that is not already funded Question 4.1a, by the UK Government or any of the Devolved Administrations 4.1b, 4.1c The organisation has regularly audited accounts (unless it is an Questions 4.2, 4.3 organisation in the process of being set up) and can receive payment of any award Declaration received from DPULO that ‘de minimis’ aid in excess of Questions 4.4, 4.5, €200,000 in past three year period has not been awarded (Evidence 4.6, 4.7 from) Page 26 of 31
  • 27. July 2012 9.2 Essential criteria The information below explains each of the essential criteria areas and which questions (in bold) we will consider to determine if your application meets these criteria. Essential criteria Evidence Area 1: Individual outcomes – The proposed activity / project will: Questions 5.3, • Meet the aim and objectives of the Community Support Fund 5.4, 6 • Support people affected by the Remploy factory closures to be actively involved in their local communities and / or to provide support for individuals to move from sheltered to mainstream employment • Enhances options for relevant support, such as peer support or emotional support Area 2: Based on evidenced demand – The proposed activity / project: Questions 7.1, 7.2 • Is strongly based on demand or evidence of need identified by people affected by the Remploy factory closures • Has a strong focus on what people affected by the Remploy factory closures want • Clearly demonstrates how disabled people have been involved in developing the proposed activity / project • Takes appropriate account of impairment-specific issues • Takes appropriate account of wider equality and diversity issues • Ensures groups who are not well engaged / on the margins of DPULO / VCS activity have the opportunity to be involved • Must demonstrate a clear understanding of the social model of disability Area 3: Partnership working – The proposed activity / project: Questions 7.3, • Is delivered through partnership working with appropriate relevant 7.4, 7.5 plus any organisations. supporting Page 27 of 31
  • 28. July 2012 Essential criteria Evidence • Demonstrates evidence the lead organisation has considered or documentation liaised with appropriate stakeholders • Provides a compelling reason why partnership working isn’t required • Includes letters of support Area 4: Ability to deliver the project on time and to budget – The Question 5.4 and application contains: Schedule 1 – • Clear explanation of what the activities are project plan • Clear explanation of how the activities will deliver the anticipated outcomes • Clear timescales by which the activities will be finished Area 5: Value for money – The application contains: Questions 5.2, 5.5 • Total cost of the project and Schedule 2 – • Evidence that this represents value for money Budget breakdown Area 6: Capturing impact, sustaining involvement and sharing Questions 8.1, learning – The proposed activity / project has a clear approach to: 8.2, 8.3 • Capturing the impact it has on each individual supported In addition, the following areas will not be scored, though we would like information on them • There is information on how involvement of individuals could be sustained beyond the formal project • Wider learning from the project is captured for the benefit of DPULOs and Voluntary and Community Sector organisations more generally, especially in working with disabled people Page 28 of 31
  • 29. July 2012 9.3 Scoring criteria Applications to the Facilitation Fund will be scored against the essential areas above as follows: • 3 points – answer clearly meets the criteria and provides good evidence to support this • 2 points – answer partly meets the criteria and provides some evidence to support this • 1 point – answer hardly meets the criteria and provides little/no evidence to support this • 0 points – no answer to the question The scoring criteria: • A score of 18 will indicate the essential criteria are met in full • A score between 13 and 17 will indicate a strong application • A score of 12 will indicate an acceptable application • A score below 12 will indicate a weak application Please note: Decisions will be made based only on the information provided in the application form, supporting letters and any clarification answers provided in response to questions from the ODI. 12. Frequently Asked Questions The Community Support Fund was launched in July 2012. We will update these Guidance Notes with Frequently Asked Questions based on the questions and queries we receive. 13. Terms & Conditions 1. The decision to award funding will be made by the Community Support Fund Board. Decisions will be made based on the quality and detail provided in application. The Organisation will need to demonstrate how they meet the aims of the fund. 2. The Organisation will be advised in writing once the decision is made. If funding is awarded, the Organisation will then have the responsibility for purchasing the items agreed and submitting an invoice and associated receipts to the Office for Disability Issues for reimbursement within a 3 month period from the date stated on the award letter (where applicable). Schedule 1 should be completed and returned with the application form to provide a breakdown of the proposed spend. 3. DWP/ODI forbids use of its DWP logos or imagery/copyright material or any Intellectual Property by Organisation and/or indication to any affiliation to the DWP/ODI by references in documentation or spoken words unless through express written Page 29 of 31
  • 30. July 2012 consent granted by ODI. Details of financial fund limitations are included in this guidance at section 9. Annex 1: Other support available to individuals affected by the Remploy factory closures The people help and support package is designed to be flexible so that support can be tailored to meet each individual’s specific needs, including providing support to help people who have difficulties fitting into mainstream employment. The support package will consist of the following key elements: • One to one sessions with employees and families to offer work and financial advice, a skills audit, and identification of any barriers to employment; • Local Rapid Response Service teams will provide initial information and signposting sources of help to meet employment, financial, tax and benefit advice and support needs. This will include identification and referral to suitable job and work related opportunities; • A Personal Case Worker to act as the central point of contact for the duration of the support period (up to 18 months). They will help each disabled person develop individual action plans to address their specific range of needs, assist them select the most appropriate route back to work and signpost them to appropriate support; • Referral to mentoring and befriending services, supplied by local charity and third sector organisations. Mentors will support individuals adjust to life outside of Remploy and provide support, advice and encouragement to help them find alternative mainstream employment; • Referral to existing back-to-work support the Department offers such as Work Choice, Work Programme, Access to Work, Disability Employment Advisers and Work Psychologists. • A personal budget to use on services not covered by other funding streams. We expect the average personal budget to be in the region of £2500. • Support from locally available Remploy Employment Services, who work with many individuals with similar disabilities to those who may be displaced from the factory network. • Access to other work related opportunities available from Remploy and Jobcentre Plus employer networks. Remploy found 20,000 jobs for disabled and disadvantaged people last year and hold around 600 - 700 vacancies a week. Page 30 of 31
  • 31. July 2012 • Referral to local Disabled People’s User-Led Organisations, charities and third sector provision of social and care support functions. This will include personal assistance to access local provision and funding streams. • Work is also be taken forward with employers and the Employers Forum on Disability to offer targeted work opportunities for those affected by these announcements. Section 10 - “Road to the Community Support Fund” Please see the attached three Powerpoint diagrams. Page 31 of 31