Grant Funding is now available to support working age adults (18 - 49) with long term disabilities

The Hodge Hill Neighbourhood Network Scheme has been extended to include working age adults (18 – 49) with long term disabilities.

This fund programme is about extending the existing NNS model to benefit a wider range of citizens (including those with a learning disability/disabilities, a physical disability, autism, mental health difficulties, sensory loss or impairment) whilst also sustaining the current support for over 50’s. We want the benefits of the Hodge Hill NNS provision to extend to:

  1. Adults aged 18 to 49 years who have a long-term disability; who are likely to have a care or support need in the future. This also includes people with an existing care or support need that are living in a community setting who can access and participate in activities independently or with the support of a carer or personal assistant.
  2. Whilst also retaining and building on the work for the benefit of over 50’s
  3. Under the Equality Act 2010 a disability is defined as having a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.



Currently, there are some groups that will not benefit directly. This is because the NNS is funded to prevent, reduce and delay the need for long-term adult social care; alongside supporting older and citizens who are disabled to lead happy, healthy, independent lives. We would not want the primary beneficiaries of NNS capacity building / asset development to be:

  • People in long-term registered care home placements
  • People with complex needs
  • People whose primary concern relates to one of the following:
  • Substance misuse
  • Homelessness
  • Domestic abuse
  • Neurodiverse conditions other than Autism although awareness raising and supporting assets to be accessible to citizens with these conditions are planned to form part of this pilot


One all-encompassing Hodge Hill NNS Scheme

Extending the existing NNS model to a broader range of beneficiaries is not about developing a parallel and separate NNS for younger disabled adults but ensuring that all the building blocks of the existing NNS model are reviewed/developed to include younger disabled adults.


Enhancing existing services for young people with long term disabilities

There are existing services that have proven to be very effective across the locality:

  1. Early Help provision services for families and young people from early years up to the age of 25, or
  2. Preparing for Adulthood services for vulnerable young people aged 14-30

Hodge Hill NNS Younger Adults with long term disabilities is not to be seen as a replacement for, or work against the existing service provision, but should be seen as part of the holistic service offer to young people.


Submission dates for final version grant applications

Once applicants are ready to submit their final version of their grant application, the following submission dates apply.

Please view the table below for submission dates for all grant values:

Grant Value

Submission Dates  – April 2023 through to February 2024

Submission Dates for March 2024

£1 - £500

Any date during any month

By February 28th

£501 - £2,000

15th day of each calendar month

By February 28th

£2,001 - £10,000

15th day of each calendar month

By February 28th

Grant applications submitted after the end of February (28th) will not be presented to the Grants Panel until 15th April the following business year.

All final version grant applications must be returned to: [email protected]

For further information on applying for funding, please refer to the Grant Application Guidance.


Grant Application Guidance

Download the Grant Application Guidance for all grants £1 - £10,000 (pdf)


The fund streams are broken down into three ways to apply for a grant

We have uploaded the application packs for your information and reference. You are welcome to view and download your preferred grant application fund value. This way you may have chance to prepare your application prior to the NNS Small Grants Application. 

  • Up to £500

Download the application form (MS Word)

  • £501 up to £2,000

Download the application form (MS Word)

  • £2,001 up to £10,000

Download the application form (MS Word) 


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