The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has announced £2 million of transformation funding for the homelessness, faith, community and voluntary sector to bring forward single room and Covid-19 secure accommodation this winter. The fund opened on 21 October 2020, and funding will be allocated by18 December 2020. Homeless Link with be distributing the Fund in partnership with Housing Justice on the Ministry’s behalf.
How much can you apply for?
The fund will award grants of between £10,000 and £100,000. Grants up to £150,000 will be considered in exceptional cases where there is a strong case for funding of a higher amount. All funds must be spent by 31 March 2021.
Who can apply?
The grants are open to registered charities, Charitable Incorporated Organisations, Community Benefit Societies and Community Interest Companies (with an asset lock) in England working to support those rough sleeping or experiencing homelessness through the Covid-19 crisis.
Your organisation must be a small to medium sized organisation (up to £5 million annual turnover), that currently works directly with people experiencing homelessness and where more than 50 per cent of beneficiaries are people experiencing homelessness. Organisations with a higher turnover may apply if they are the only winter shelter provider in a particular area.
What can grants be used for?
- Investments in systems
- Investments in people
- Investments in infrastructure (but excluding purchases of buildings or land)
- Dedicated capacity development
- Staff salaries
- Project activities
- Running costs
- Small-scale refurbishment (but excluding refurbishments which significantly improve existing land or building
- Organisational development
- Contributions to fixed costs
1pm, Wednesday 2 December 2020.