The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is launching a £2.7 million Challenge Fund as part of the Reducing Parental Conflict Programme. The key objective of the Fund is to build a broader evidence base of what works in reducing parental conflict. Evidence will inform future policy and practice and help local areas support a greater number of disadvantaged families at risk of parental conflict.
Building on activity undertaken so far by the Reducing Parental Conflict Programme, the Challenge Fund will gather learning where:
- There are currently no firm answers
- Parents are living in the same household or living separately
- Conflict is below the threshold of domestic abuse.
Grants will be allocated to innovative projects through two strands (further information on each is available via the link):
Digital Support for Families: £1.6 million as grants of between £100,000 and £1.6 million to provide grant funding to innovative projects that will test what works digitally to support and maintain engagement with disadvantaged families to reduce parental conflict.
Support for Disadvantaged Families: A further £1.1 million as grants of between £100,000 and £250,000 to test what works to support disadvantaged families that are at greater risk of parental conflict, where there is limited existing evidence.
Local authorities; digital organisations; organisations from the public and private sector; voluntary and community organisations; and social enterprises are all eligible to apply. Joint applications from partnerships which possess the relevant skills and experience are welcomed.
Stage 1 (of 3) of the application process is an eligibility check which will open on the 11th January and close on the 8th February 2019. Applicants will be informed within three working days if they are eligible to apply.
To allow the maximum time to complete a full application the DWP encourages applicants to submit their eligibility check as early as possible. Organisations successful at this stage will have until the 15th February 2019 to apply.