The National Prospectus Grants Programme 2015-16 (Please note that this is a grant opportunity and not a contract)

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Created on16/10/2014
Reference number1216
Deadline date21/11/2014
This deadline is for...12 noon 21st November 2014 for return of grant applications
Estimated length of contract12 Months
Estimated value£100,000 - £750,000
Is this suitable for smaller suppliers?Yes
Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations?Yes
Name of the buying organisation Department for Education (see other contracts from this organisation)

Description of the contract

Please note that this is a grant opportunity and not a contract. Through the National Prospectus Grant Programme we want to help improve outcomes for children and young people (particularly those who are disadvantaged) and support for their families. The DfE has identified seven policies themes it wishes to fund through this National Prospectus. Bids must be made specifically in support of one, or more, of the following seven policy themes below. A separate application is required for each theme. • Theme One: Support the delivery of reform priorities around choice, quality and affordability in early education and childcare. • Theme Two: Support the delivery of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) reforms, specialist advice and support for specific SEND and encouraging innovative approaches to filling gaps in the market and the SEND reforms. • Theme Three: Improve the identification of children’s mental health issues, their prevention, and the better commissioning of support and collaboration between agencies and services. • Theme Four: Improve the early help provided to children with additional support needs; protect and support children at risk of harm including through bullying. • Theme Five: To drive change in the care system to raise expectations and outcomes for children in care and care leavers. • Theme Six: Continue to improve the adoption system and ensure reforms are sustained, particularly through improvements to matching, post adoption support, services for prospective adopters, support and challenge to the workforce, and strengthening parental voice. • Theme Seven: Improve advice and support to families to promote resilience, support early intervention and to improve engagement with statutory services. The programme will provide up to £25m in grant funding for 2015-16. There is no specific minimum or maximum amount of grant award, but as an indicative guide for bidders, and reflecting the national focus of this grant programme, we would expect grant awards to be in the region of £100,000 - £750,000.


Word version of the advert
(1216 National Prospectus Advert.doc)
Written Ministerial Statement
(1216 WMS.docx)
National Prospectus
(1216 National Prospectus.docx)
Grant Funding Agreement
(1216 National Prospectus DfE GFA final 260213.doc)
Grant Funding Agreement Terms and Conditions
(1216 National prospectus DfE GFA TCs final.pdf)
Grant Agreement Explanatory Notes
(1216 National Prospectus Grant agreement explanatory note.doc)
Frequently Asked Questions
(1216 National Prospectus FAQs.docx)
Adoption Application Form
(1216 Adoption_application_Form.pdf)
Children in Care Application Form
(1216 CiC_application_Form.pdf)
Early Education Application Form
(1216 Early Education_application_Form.pdf)
Families Application Form
(1216 Families_application_Form.pdf)
Mental Health Application Form
(1216 Mental health application_Form.pdf)
Safeguarding Application Form
(1216 Safeguarding application_Form.pdf)
SEND Application Form
(1216 SEND Application_Form.pdf)

Additional information

Additional NotesThe National Prospectus document which describes the details of the grants programme and projects the Department for Education is inviting bids for is available for download from this advert. Applicants will also need to complete an application form, which is available on Contract Finder along with a FAQ document, model grant funding agreement letter, grant funding agreement terms and conditions and grant funding agreement explanatory notes. Applications to the National Prospectus Grant Programme must be submitted to the email address listed on the relevant application form. Any questions related to points of clarification, or process must be submitted by noon 30 October 2014 to The DfE will be holding a briefing session on 28 October 2014 for organisations to find out more about the Programme’s objectives and the process. The briefing session will be held from 11.00am to 1.00pm (TBC) at a London Venue. Details of the location and time will be sent to you when your place is confirmed. If you would like to attend you must register your interest by Thursday 23 October by emailing You must include the name of your organisation and the words “briefing event” in the title of your email and within the email provide the name and contact details of the person wishing to attend. A single place will be allocated for each prospective organisation on a first come first served basis. Any materials distributed on the day will be published on Contracts Finder. We will, as necessary, revise our FAQ document to include details of questions asked and answered at the event.
Is it a framework agreement?No

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