Priority 1 Funding

Priority 1 in Strategic Funding Programme: advice, advocacy, infrastructure and capacity

The application process for Priority 1 funding has now closed, and stage 1 decisions made. Applicants have now been informed of the outcome of their first stage application. See latest news on funding for details of the timetable for decision making.

What do we mean by guidance, advice and advocacy services; Infrastructure development and capacity building?

Individuals from a number of communities may experience difficulty in obtaining services that are vital to their life chances, levels of social mobility, and central to their rights. 

For example:

  • A school expels a child with behavioural problems, but there is no alternative educational provision in the local area and the family needs advice to convince the school to reinstate the pupil.
  • An Asian victim of domestic violence may, because of cultural reasons or lack of awareness, be unwilling to approach the local women’s refuge, and experience trauma, isolation and fear as a result. The absence of an inclusive service may exacerbate the isolation.
  • An elderly person who is a primary carer for their partner may need advice to access the benefits and support that are available to them. 

The problems faced by these individuals – and often their families too – include the lack of guidance, advice, and support to discuss and resolve their cases, sometimes through sign-posting to sources of information and/or services, but also through ongoing support which may involve advocating on behalf of the individual in meetings with public bodies to secure positive outcomes.  As such, the examples given above, and others that we seek to support under this priority area, require interventions – through newly created services and/or the development of existing services – that take positive steps to resolve problems without the need for litigation. 

(Note:  Organisations that would like to provide support to victims of discrimination – for example individuals that have been sacked due to their identity etc – should apply under priority area 3.)

Outcomes we are seeking:

  • To increase opportunities for communities to set up organisations that represent and respond to their interests and needs where none currently exist (to support outcomes B and C, below); and for existing organisations and services to expand and develop their expertise and services (again to support outcomes B and C, below).
  • Individuals, particularly those that suffer inequality and disadvantage, have greater choice, control and empowerment over their own lives in relation to social care, health, housing, education, employment and business advice.
  • Victims of all forms of hate crime receive the support they need and have the confidence to continue their everyday lives.

What do we envisage funding?

  • Projects independent from statutory providers that develop and test new models in the provision of advice, guidance and/or personalised support to individuals – particularly from new groups, new circumstances, or new situations – to articulate what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests, and obtain services they require in relation to, health, education, social care, employment and the criminal justice system.  Target groups may include: victims of domestic violence; people whose mental capacity is declining due to dementia, particularly those in institutional settings; and individuals, families and communities who may otherwise not experience the full benefits of personal care.
  • Projects aimed at providing new services, delivering outreach services, or expanding existing provision, in advice, guidance and advocacy to sites or particular groups that need independent support to obtain or facilitate gateways to services – for example to travellers in fixed or temporary sites, partnerships with carers centres, LGBT organisations, older peoples organisations, recent migrants, ethnic minority organisations, women (and men) experiencing domestic violence including those that have experienced forced marriage, 'honour violence' or female genital mutilation, disabled peoples organisations, and to people in rural communities. 
  • Projects aimed at innovation and joint or collaborative working to extend the scope of advocacy provision by, for example, establishing partnerships and/or common protocols between older people, disability, BME and LGBT groups or consortiums of organisations to provide diverse gateways to independent advocacy.
  • Capacity building activities to extend or improve the provision of guidance, advice and advocacy.  Work might include the development and delivery of human rights training tailored to the needs of advocates for particular under-served groups, , including groups aimed at developing peer or self advocacy, or to raise awareness and improve understanding of the implications of new Equality legislation.
  • Facilitate the development of social enterprises as a business solution to gaps in available goods and services in disadvantaged areas and for underrepresented groups.
  • Improve access to practical business support including information, advice and finance, to underrepresented groups starting up or already running social enterprises.

Please note: the application process for Priority 1 has now closed.

Last Updated: 05 Jun 2009