Weight Management Grant

Grant size

Up to £5,000 but the panel will consider applications above £5,000

Location

Calderdale

Dates

Applications open: 1st November 2021

Deadline for Applications: 22nd November 2021

12 week programme to have started by 31st January 2022

About the Fund

The fund is open to any organisation based in Calderdale that can delivery an adult weight management programmes that focus on weight loss. This includes voluntary and community sector organisations and local private businesses.

They must include support around dietary intake, physical activity and behaviour change and provide participants with support for at least 12 weeks.

Funding can be used to cover staffing costs and running costs for delivery of the programme but should not be used for capital costs such as purchasing equipment or setting up apps or websites.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the key questions you might have regarding the adult weight management services grants.

  • What can the grant funding be spent on?

The grant must be spent on the delivery of adult weight management programmes that focus on weight loss. Eligible programmes must reflect current and relevant guidance from the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE). They must include support around dietary intake, physical activity and behaviour change. They must provide participants with support for at least 12 weeks.

Programmes can be delivered face to face; remotely (e.g. by phone or video call); or digitally (e.g. apps or web based programmes).

Funding can be used to cover staffing costs and running costs for delivery of the programme but should not be used for capital costs such as purchasing equipment or setting up apps or websites.

Up to 10% of spending on the project can be used on administrative costs associated with setting up the programme e.g. admin staffing, training, marketing costs to support recruitment. This does not have to include any administrative costs associated with delivering the programme. It cannot include any capital costs for setting up a programme e.g. app or website development.

  • When will I need to deliver the weight management programme?

We would like programmes to begin no later than 31st January 2022. You can begin to deliver your programme before January if you wish.

You might want to start recruiting participants for your programme before January so that you have a good number of participants when you launch your programme.

Programmes must provide at least 12 weeks of support for the participants. Programmes must end by 30th June 2022. This means that participants would need to start the programme by 7th April 2022 so that they have enough time to finish the 12 week programme by 30th June 2022.

  • Which participants would be eligible to take part in a programme funded by the grant?

Participants must meet ALL of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Aged 18 years or over
  • Resident of Calderdale (i.e. pay their Council Tax to Calderdale Council)
  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25.0 or more
  • Not be pregnant
  • Not have a diagnosed eating disorder
  • Not currently accessing a weight management support service (this is because the aim of the fund is to increase the number of people accessing weight management support services). Participants/customers must be new to the programme being delivered

  • Can the grant be used to deliver family weight management programmes?

No. The grant can only be used to deliver weight management services for adults.

  • Can the funding be used to deliver physical activity programmes?

No. The grant must be used to deliver weight management programmes that focus on weight loss.

Programmes should include some advice and support around physical activity, but they must also include support on dietary intake and behaviour change.

Programmes can include the delivery of physical activities but this should not be the sole focus of the programme.

  • Do programmes need to be targeted in any way?

Applications are welcomed for programmes that are open to anybody that meets the eligibility criteria set out in Question 3.

However, applications will be prioritised for programmes that are targeted towards key population groups. This could be people who are less likely to access other weight management services in Calderdale, or people who are at greater risk of developing health conditions. This might include:

  • People living in deprived areas within Calderdale,
  • People from Black, Asian or minority ethnic groups,
  • People with a mental illness or learning disability,
  • Working age men.

You will be asked on the application form if and how your programme will target any particular population groups.

Up to 10% of spending on the project can be used on administrative costs associated with setting up the programme e.g. admin staffing, training, marketing costs to support recruitment. This does not have to include any administrative costs associated with delivering the programme. It cannot include any capital costs for setting up a programme e.g. app or website development.

  • How many participants will we be expected to reach?

There are no specific targets for the number of participants you will be expected to reach.

On the application form you will be asked to estimate the number of participants that you expect to recruit within the project timescales. This information will be considered by the grants panel alongside the amount of money you have requested. The panel will be looking for applications that can demonstrate good value for money.

  • Are there any weight loss targets that we will be expected to achieve?

There are no specific targets for the number of people who lose weight on your programme or the amount of weight people will lose.

NICE guidance recommends at least 60% of participants should be likely to complete the programme; programmes should achieve an average weight loss of 3%; and at least 30% of participants should lose at least 5% of their initial weight.

These are the targets recommended by NICE guidelines that we would like you to aim for. However, there will be no financial penalty if they are not achieved.

The data that you will be required to provide for each of your participants (see below) will be included in the national evaluation of this programme of work.  The local and national evaluations of programmes funded by the grants will help to shape future commissioning of weight management services.

  • Can I charge participants to attend my grant funded programme?

No. Programmes must free of charge to the participants who attend the grant funded weight management programme.

  • What data will we need to provide?

All successful grant recipients will be required to provide monthly data on all of their participants. This data will be anonymised so that the identity of the participants is not revealed.

The data that you will be required to provide is called the ‘minimum data set’. This data set is required by the national team who have provided the funding for these grants. It is required so that they can evaluate the programmes being delivered.

There is information and guidance online about what the minimum data set must include and how it must be reported: Adult weight management services: collect and record data – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

  • How will we be expected to provide the data on our participants?

You will be expected to submit the minimum data set on a spreadsheet once a month for the duration of your programme.

You will be provided with a template spreadsheet that separates data into 4 time points: when individuals are first referred to your programme; week 0 when they start your programme; week 12 when they complete your programme; and a follow up at week 26.

An example of the reporting spreadsheet and a tool that you can use to collect the required data can be found at: Adult weight management services: collect and record data – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

  • Is there any support available to help us provide the data on our participants?

Yes. Technical guidance has been published to help providers submit the minimum data set for their participants.

 Colleagues from the national team and Calderdale Council will also be available to answer any questions you might have and assist with your data submission.

  • Do height and weight measurements need to be measured by the programme provider or can they be self reported by the participants?

Ideally height and weight will be measured by the professional(s) delivering the weight management programme.

If this is not possible (for example if the programme is delivered remotely or digitally) then participants can measure and report their height and/or weight themselves.

Providers will have to indicate in the minimum data set whether heights and weights have been measured or self reported.

  • Is the funding for a one-off grant or will there be an opportunity to apply again in the future?

The money that we have received from the Department of Health & Social Care that will be funding these grants is for the 2021-22 financial year only (although projects can run until June 2022). At the present time we do not expect to run another round of applications for further grants.

  • How much are the grants that I can apply for?

Grants are available for up to £5,000 per application. However, the panel will consider grants above £5,000 if the application strongly demonstrates that the programme will be able to reach a good number of people from a target population group and deliver good value for money.

  • When does the funding need to be spent by?

The grant funding must be spent by 30th June 2022. The 12 week programme of support that you deliver must end by this date but longer term follow up with your participants can take place beyond the end of June 2022.

  • Will I have to do an evaluation of my programme?

You will be required to provide data on your participants on a monthly basis for the duration of your programme (see Question 10 above). The final data set will be due approximately one month after the end of your programme.

In addition to this you will be asked to complete an online monitoring form within 6 weeks of the end of your project. This will be returned to CFFC and will include details of how much of the grant you actually spent compared to the budget you submitted in your application.

  • Will I have to return any unspent money?

Yes. If you haven’t spent all of the grant you were awarded by the end of June 2022 you will be expected to return any unspent money to CFFC.

  • Is my organisation eligible to apply for a grant?

The fund is open to any organisation based in Calderdale that can deliver a service that meets the conditions of the grant. This includes voluntary and community sector organisations and local private businesses.

To apply, visit https://ukcf.secure.force.com/forms/Generalover1500/AdultWeightManagementProgrammesgrantsforCalderdale