The Home Office has announced the launch of up to £9 million of grant funding, available to voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations to help vulnerable or at-risk EU citizens needing additional support when applying for the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).
The Home Office states that:
Ensuring that vulnerable or at-risk EU citizens and their families are supported to obtain a status is a critical objective in the delivery of the EUSS and the grant funding. The Home Office will set out to create a network of funded organisations to ensure that a range of services are mobilised across the UK, so that support and assistance to apply for the EUSS is available to meet those who require the most support.
Extensive engagement with VCS organisations has also helped to shape the development of the grant funding. Following insight gained during the market engagement, there will be two levels of award:
- Level one – to fund grant projects from £5,000 up to £39,999; and
- Level two – to fund grant projects from £40,000 up to £750,000.
Organisations are invited to submit proposals as to how they can support the diversity of needs of a diverse EU citizen population to make their EUSS applications.
The application period for bids will close at 12 pm on 1 February 2019.
If you have questions about the scheme, you can email EUSSgrants@homeoffice.gov.uk