Homelessness Winter Transformation Fund Launches

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Homelessness, faith, community and voluntary sector organisations can now apply for transformation funding to provide single room and COVID-19 secure accommodation for people experiencing homelessness this winter.

The £2 million Homelessness Winter Transformation Fund is provided by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and will award grants of between £10,000 and £100,000. It will be distributed by Homeless Link in partnership with Housing Justice, offering much needed support to the sector at a time when many services are at risk due to the ongoing impact of the pandemic.

The Fund aims to ensure that faith and community groups who provide winter accommodation can this year provide single room COVID-19 secure accommodation, and will also support services that prevent rough sleeping and work with people sleeping rough in innovative ways. These will build on proven approaches such as hosting, shared houses, support working and accessing the private rented sector.

The funding cannot be used to support traditional, dormitory-style night shelter provision and will seek to produce a legacy for the future of winter homelessness support.

Apply for funding

The Fund is open to organisations in England directly working with people experiencing homelessness, and where more than 50 per cent of beneficiaries are people experiencing homelessness. Applicants must have an annual turnover of up to £5 million.

We strongly advise applicants to read and follow the application guidance and frequently asked questions available below before applying to the Fund.

Fill in the application form here.

Key dates

  • The grant application window opens on 21 October 2020.
  • The deadline for panel 1 is 1pm, Wednesday 4 November 2020, for Grants Panel on 26 November and funds received during December.
  • The deadline for panel 2 is 1pm, Wednesday 2 December 2020, for Grants Panel on 17 December.

If you have an enquiry that is not covered in our guidance materials, you can send your enquiry to fund@homelesslink.org.uk or j.quagliozzi@HousingJustice.org.uk. Please insert ‘MHCLG Homelessness Winter Transformation Fund enquiry’ as your email subject and provide your organisation and contact name.

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