Thursday, 6 July 2017


Comic Relief’s Care Home Challenge Fund provides opportunities for not-for-profit care homes for older people and the wider voluntary sector to develop and try out innovative ideas that will:
o Put people and relationships at the heart of the care that is being delivered; and
o Create a vibrant caring community where residents, staff and visitors feel valued and welcome.
Round 2 of the Challenge Fund aims to encourage physical or mental activity, movement and increased mobility, social connections and engagement for residents.
This may involve sporting activities such as martial arts or dance, but could also include other forms of gentle leisure/recreational activities such as gardening. Mentally stimulating work may include arts and/or reminiscence-based activities, such as singing, dancing or playing instruments.
Comic Relief is interested in funding projects which supports residents with a range of abilities. Based on learning from Round 1, priority will be given to applications which:
o Involve residents and staff taking part in meaningful activities together, and protect staff members’ time to ensure their full participation;
o Partner with a third-party activity provider, such as a local charity, which has a good understanding of the care home context and residents’ needs;
o Are ‘person-centred’, planning the work in response to residents’ needs and interests, involving residents in co-designing activities, and respecting people’s choice to participate;
o Demonstrate a clear commitment to the proposed activity from the care homes involved, particularly from the managers and activity coordinators;
o Support staff to build skills and confidence so they can facilitate or deliver activities, enabling sustainability beyond the life of the project; and
o Show how they are building on the findings from Round 1 (applicants should refer to the Evaluation Report of Round 1).
Comic Relief expects to award 20 grants of between £10,000 and £20,000 to charitable and non-charity care homes in this round.
It is expected that each grant will reach a maximum of 4 to 5 care homes. Grants will last for between 18 and 24 months. This will include time for planning, partnership building and delivery. Match funding is likely to prove advantageous.
Activity providers that were involved in projects funded in Round 1 are eligible to apply to Round 2 as a partner.  The application must be led by a care home provider.
Applicants should:
o Meet Comic Relief’s general eligibility requirements;
o Be UK-based care home providers, registered with the Care Quality Commission, Care Inspectorate (Scotland), Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales or the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (NI);
o Be able to give their current inspection rating relating to person centred care and wellbeing and to explain how the funding requested will enable them to improve provision in this area; and
o Be willing to participate fully in an evaluation of the fund.
The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Friday 4 August 2017.
An online application form is available on the Comic Relief website.
Contact details for the Challenge Fund are:
Comic Relief
89 Albert Embankment
Tel: 020 7820 2000

(Source: GRIN)

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