The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) are providing up to £1 million of the Cold Weather Fund to Homeless Link to administer funding to charitable organisations that are not commissioned by local authorities. The project’s overall aim is to financially support local providers in helping people sleeping rough off the streets this winter. Priority will be given to organisations providing support for specific groups such as vulnerable women, LGBT, couples, or pet owners. Grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 are available. Larger grants of up to £50,000 may be considered for projects working across multiple authorities. All awards must be spent by 31st March 2020.
The funding is for one or both of the following purposes:
- To provide additional accommodation to rough sleepers during the period 1st December 2019 to 31st March 2020. Additional means in this case to what is already being commissioned by the local authority. This can be either shelter beds or other accommodation
- To enhance the support provided in or complementary to existing commissioned shelter beds to reduce the level of returns to the street for people sleeping rough accommodated in shelters and to help secure long-term move-on from shelters. Consideration will be given to applications for training and workforce development or provision for Day Centres to extend provision to integrate services with local shelters, personalised budgets for people sleeping rough or similar activities that enhance the quality of support provided in shelters or the chances of achieving good move on outcomes from shelters.
Bids should seek to offer longer-term solutions for people sleeping rough accessing shelters, by supporting moves into accommodation, and sustainable longer-term accommodation for those moving off the streets.
Priority will be given to bids that seek to provide support for specific groups such as vulnerable women, LGBT, couples, or pet owners.
The grant application window will close on Friday 6th December 2019. All successful awards must be spent by the 31st March 2020.
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