Recovery from alcohol and drug dependence grant

To further develop the recovery community in Derbyshire from October 2016 onwards, you can apply for a single, non-recurring, 12 month grant up to a maximum of £40,000 including VAT and other costs.


We want to support applications which are best placed to achieve the overarching health outcome for recovery which is an:

  • improvement in the physical and emotional health of the beneficiaries of your service and a self-reported, personal sense of positive well-being.

We also want to support applications which meet the identified recovery elements. We therefore welcome applications from small, local projects and organisations which deliver or support one or more of these recovery elements:

  • education, training and employment (including volunteering)
  • accommodation and independent living
  • support networks, families, friends and kinship relationships
  • financial capability and inclusion
  • diet and nutrition
  • leisure activities (including sports, physical activities and hobbies)
  • maintaining abstinence and/or controlled behaviour
  • self-actualisation or positive thinking and effective decision making.

By funding bids, we will be developing the recovery communities in the county. This is regarded as a significant and integral part of the Derbyshire substance misuse services provision which is being re-commissioned during 2016. Re-commissioning will deliver an integrated substance misuse service across Derbyshire, from 1 April 2017, to meet the identified client needs.

We regard 'recovery capital' as a powerful arm of service delivery providing essential activities and peer support to service users while they are progressing through a treatment regime and following successful completion of treatment.

Recovery includes the availability of and access to 'social capital'. This includes a home, work, supportive friends and family, physical activities and money management as well as mutual aid, peer groups and support. It also includes Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous meetings and is a strong force which, if provided in the right way and at the right time, helps service users achieve the five ways to well-being:

  • Being connected: social relationships are critical for promoting wellbeing and for acting as a buffer against mental ill health for people of all ages.

  • Being active: exercise is essential for slowing age-related decline and for promoting well-being.

  • Taking notice: heightened awareness improves self-understanding and helps in making positive choices based on your own values and motivations.

  • Learning: continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life.

  • Giving: individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy. Research into actions for promoting happiness has shown that committing an act of kindness once a week is associated with an increase in wellbeing.

We are keen to fund projects which help service users develop some or all of these five ways to well-being.

The projects should also consider the four key needs of clients who are working to achieve greater control over their addictions and lives and/or abstinence from substance misuse. These are:

  • biological
  • social
  • psychological
  • spiritual.

Diversity, equality and innovation

In Derbyshire, people who get treatment from drug and alcohol services will have or exhibit a range of diverse needs associated with age, race, gender, disability or by living in rural and isolated locations. Successful bids will acknowledge diversity and suggest ways to encourage equality of access, opportunity and outcomes in specific localities or across the whole of Derbyshire.

In general, we acknowledge that recovery is best encouraged, developed and supported by co-production of services and activities with people who are in recovery themselves and are fully involved in re-shaping their own futures. Bids which demonstrate that they have been developed in partnership with service users will be regarded favourably.

We welcome applications from organisations with evidence of service user involvement in both the bids and delivery. Further evidence of partnerships with other local organisations or with substance misuse service providers is also welcomed where this provides a broader and/or better service to meet identified needs.

We also seek evidence, where possible, that the activity or activities described are innovative and provide added value to the client's experience. Where bidders identify gaps in current service provision, it is anticipated that the bids will provide evidence of the 'gaps' and ways to fill them with suitable activities.

Criteria for eligibility

We want to encourage small, local organisations to bid for the funds. We have therefore imposed an eligibility cap of £750,000 on the income of the organisations who are intending to bid for the grant. Organisations whose income exceeds this amount are not eligible to submit an application.

The deadline for applications was noon on Friday 8 July 2016.

Queries on the application process

If you have any queries on the process of application please contact Gillian Quayle, email: gillian.quayle@derbyshire.gov.uk