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AVOW Autism Awareness Grant 2018/19

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

AVOW have been awarded a sum of money to distribute to voluntary and community organisations in line with the aims and priorities of the Integrated Autism Service.

A small grant scheme is open to those organisations working with ASD groups. Managed by AVOW, grants of £500 – £1000 will be available to benefit people with autism.

ELIGIBILITY

Applications can be made from 24th October 2018 and are welcome from any voluntary and community organisations working with ASD groups.

Applications must include provision to improve the quality of life for people with autism living in North Wales. In particular to support development opportunities for people with autism. The overall aim of the grant programme is to ensure that people with autism are able to engage, participate and benefit from interactions which enhance the communities in which they live.

Applications must either meet the support needs of those with ASD or raise awareness, provide information or training.

Applications which have elements of partnership working and co-operation will be treated more favourably.

Projects / services must be carried out within the boundaries of Wrexham County Borough and must be for the benefit for the people or communities of Wrexham County Borough.

In the application you will be asked to provide information about how the grant would benefit people with autism.

Applicants must be voluntary or community organisations. Private businesses and statutory bodies (such as local authorities, community or town councils) will not be eligible to apply to this programme.

NEW ORGANISATIONS must:

EXISTING ORGANISATIONS must:

If your organisation is purchasing equipment you are required to have adequate insurance policies in place to cover all eventualities.

GRANT CAN BE AWARDED?

HOW MUCH GRANT CAN BE AWARDED?

For the grant scheme, organisations can apply for amounts up to £1,000.

Any expenditure will need to have been spent by 31st March 2019.

Any monies that are not spent by this date must be returned to AVOW.

Please note that the amount of funding is limited and some applications may be unsuccessful if they do not meet the criteria. However, if appropriate, your application may also be referred to the Funding and Advice Officer in AVOW who would endeavour to assist in finding alternate or additional sources of funding.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Once you make a grant application this will then be reviewed by a Grant Assessment Panel, this Assessment Panel will make the decision on which organisations/ projects receive funding.

A preliminary review of your application will be made by AVOW Staff which may result in additional information or clarity being required.

The Grant Assessment Panel for the scheme will consist of:

2 Representatives of the Voluntary Sector (including at least 1 Trustee of AVOW)

1 Independent Representative

The quorum for the meeting will be two.

The Grant Assessment Panel will meet at the end of November 2018. Completed applications must be submitted by 12 noon Friday 23rd November 2018.

Organisations can submit multiple applications for different projects.

MONITORING

All successful applicants will be required to:

If your organisations ceases to operate or is dissolved within 5 years of receiving a grant, any equipment purchased must be returned to AVOW for allocation to an alternate organisation if possible.

AVOW SUPPORT

AVOW administers the grant and its staff will provide support and advice to applicants in making their application.

In addition, AVOW will also provide, through their Funding Officer and Community Development Officer, support for the development of the applicant organisation, including assistance in obtaining further funding.

SO WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

If your organisation/project decides that they would like to apply based on the information above, then you are ready for the next step – make an application! Please remember completed applications must be submitted by 12 noon Friday 23rd November 2018.

Download an Application form here: grant-application-form

Download the Guidelines you’ve just read here: small-grant-guidelines

If you have any queries please contact:

Victoria Milner – AVOW

on 01978 312556 or by e-mailing Victoria.milner@avow.org

Finally, a word of caution: Please do not assume that any grant will be paid until you receive a letter confirming that your grant application has been approved, retrospective payments are not permitted!

AVOW is a membership organisation and a Company Limited by Guarantee 2993429

and a Registered Charity 1043989

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