Helping End Homelessness: Grants for Strategic Projects

Last date: 
Thursday, January 21, 2021
United Kingdom

Detailed Description

Helping End Homelessness will award grants to strategic projects that operate across one or more local authority areas in urban and rural settings that seek to redesign services to make homelessness rare, brief and non-recurrent.

They will be person-centred and delivered by multi-agency partnerships where third sector and public sector organizations work closely together, based on a mutually agreed vision for tackling homelessness.

Homelessness is one of the more pressing social issues that Wales faces. Rough sleeping is on the rise and the sight of tents and makeshift camps are now an all too common occurence across Wales. Similarly, the number of people living in temporary accommodation has increased, and the scale of rural homelessness is something that they know little about.

Homelessness can affect anyone and be caused by a variety of factors. They have defined homelessness as ‘not having a home’. A person is homeless if they are:

  • sleeping rough;
  • staying with friends or family;
  • staying in a hostel, night shelter or B&B;
  • squatting (because someone has no legal right to stay);
  • being at risk of violence or abuse in their home;
  • living in poor conditions that affect their health;
  • living apart from their family because they don’t have a place to live together.

The National Lottery Community Fund encourages applicants to consider specific priorities to focus their projects on including service innovation, person-centred support, supporting tenants and landlords in the private rented sector, homelessness prevention, trauma informed environments, reducing discrimination and prejudice, and rural homelessness. The voices of those affected by homelessness will be at the centre of those projects.

Projects will:

  • balance preventative and responsive approaches within a psychologically informed environment;
  • provide tenant support (particularly within the private rented sector);
  • and address the stigma and prejudice experienced by people who are homeless.

Funding Information

  • Total available: £10 million.

Eligibility Criteria

While this list is not exhaustive, they would anticipate the following types of organization being involved as partners:

  • Established local third sector organizations with experience of delivering homelessness services;
  • Health services;
  • Local authorities;
  • Private rented sector;
  • Housing associations;
  • Smaller third sector organizations with relevant expertise;
  • Probation Service;
  • Police;
  • Secure Estate;
  • BAME organizations;
  • LGBT organizations;
  • Social enterprises with relevant expertise;
  • Mental Health services;
  • Religious organizations/places of worship;
  • Academic or research institutions.
  • What one can apply for

Development grants (Phase 1)

A development grant of up to £50,000 is available to each successful Expression of Interest submitted. This should be spent within five months of being awarded, and prior to the submission of a full phase 2 application. Development grants are for revenue costs only.

They think that development grants might be required as building links between statutory and third sector services, involving service users in project design and developing a project plan is likely to be resource intensive.

Full project grants (Phase 2)

Project grants will last for between 5 and 7 years as we believe that longer-term funding may promote service redesign and be better suited to the longer-term support needs that many of the potential project beneficiaries are likely to have. We expect these to be mainly revenue grants, with some capital costs permitted with our prior agreement.

There is no maximum grant size as we do not want to restrict the scale and ambition of applicants.

Given the likely scale and scope of the multi-partner projects that we hope to fund we anticipate that we may only be able to fund 3 or 4 projects in total. It is unlikely that we will be able to fund all the projects that apply to us for funding through this programme.


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