Wiltshire and Swindon Care Skills Partnership
2017/18 Grant Funding Claim Terms and Conditions
We have again had a reduction in the grant allocated to us for 2017/18 and need to ensure the funding targets training more effectively.
Let us do the calculations – but be realistic and fair in your grant funding claim to us. Our aim is to support all providers; however, priority will be given to smaller care providers.
Please think about what your workforce development needs are to meet the needs of the people you are providing a service to/for.
Do consider how this will help your staff to be able to meet their continuing professional development; that means you have a knowledgeable, skilled, experienced workforce as a result of this funding.
Some short courses lead to qualifications – that is acceptable. For example: Short Course: City and Guilds 7303 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS). If in doubt, please contact us before making a grant claim.
Finally, thank you for taking the time to read through the following information – your workforce development is really important and we want to ensure that you have support from the Wiltshire and Swindon Care Skills Partnership.
· All payments will be made by cheque. Please ensure that you give us the correct cheque payee details on the claim form. Please also ensure the correct address is given to send you cheque to. Replacement cheques can take up to a further 8 weeks to get re-issued.
· Payments can take up to 8 weeks to reach you once you have received notification that your grant claim was successful.
· This grant claim is a contribution towards short courses in social care training. Please see the guidance below. The grant is designed to support your social care employees with their learning and development.
· Only organisations that are CQC registered, providing adult care services and are working in Wiltshire and Swindon can make grant claims.
· You will be expected to contribute towards the cost of the training.
· You must apply for your grant funding as soon as possible, however, all funding must be claimed by 30th April 2018; there are no guarantees after this date of your claim being considered, any late claims are dependent on funds being available.
· You must tell us exactly what the funding will go towards – we need to know how this funding will improve your services.
· You must use the funding for exactly what you have requested. Should you need to change this, you must email Sharon Cloude to withdraw your grant claim and make a new grant claim.
· If you are VAT registered, you can only claim the net amount. If you are not VAT registered, you can claim the full amount including VAT.
· You must keep a record of how this grant has been utilised for at least 6 years. It may be subject to an audit by the WSCSP, Wiltshire Council, Swindon Borough Council or the Department of Health.
· You agree that the WSCSP can keep an electronic record of your details for the purposes of the grant. This information will be shared with the WSCSP Board, Wiltshire Council, Swindon Borough Council and if requested with the Department of Health.
· You must not charge your staff for any training this grant funds or make any profit from the grant.
· You will need to provide a detailed outline of the training (as supplied by the training provider) or paid invoice/receipt, the training provider name and dates of any training funded by this grant claim. This information can be uploaded with the grant claim. If we need any further evidence, we will contact you.
· We are again supporting providers who have had difficulties with provider compliance (workforce development) and need additional input. Please contact us if you need additional advice or support.
· When considering a training provider – please make sure that you have suitable references, check their background and suitability of training. Please note that the WSCSP will take no responsibility for the quality of training provided.
· This cannot fund any qualification which could be funded by the Workforce Development Fund (WDF) – if you are unsure please click here to see what the WDF can fund.
· This cannot fund entry level training for frontline staff. ie awareness courses, any training which falls under Health & Safety or any training that is deemed mandatory which you need to ensure your establishment is compliant with CQC. For example if you are a specialist dementia provider, we would expect that you would provide dementia training to your staff to the required level to carry out their duties, this would not be claimable via the grant.
· Please remember that this grant is for social care not health.
· Advanced and specialist courses/training will only be considered
· Train the trainer will be considered in any subject as long as it is relevant and necessary for your service to be compliant with CQC. For example Manual Handling Train the Trainer
· We will only accept grant claims that have been made via the WSCSP website, this is the only place grant claims can be submitted. You will always receive an email copy of your claim. If you do not received this, please contact us to confirm receipt. We will only accept completed electronic applications received directly from providers and not from any third parties.
· All grant claims submitted will be considered by the WSCSP. Claims are approved by the WSCSP Board every 3 months. The cut off dates are as follows:
Claims received by 30th November 2017 will be considered in December 2017
Claims received by 28th February 2018 will be considered in March 2018
Claims received by 30th April 2018 will be considered in May 2018
Claims received after 30th April 2018 will be considered if there are any remaining funds available and you will get notification by Jul7 2018.
No claims will considered outside of the WSCSP Board consideration meetings.