The National Lottery Community Fund has launched Helping End Homelessness – Rural Grant Program.
- Bring together people affected by homelessness with third and public sector organisations, and the private rented sector, to co-design projects that redesign services to prevent and tackle homelessness, making it rare, brief and non-recurrent.
- Provide sustained person-centred support that is additional to existing provision. This should recognise that homelessness is often just one of several challenges faced by those experiencing it. It should address and help them overcome the other challenges in their lives.
- Develop and deliver activities that focus on homelessness prevention to reduce the number of people who are homeless in the future.
- Reduce the discrimination and prejudice directed towards homeless people by encouraging empathy and understanding through a trauma-informed approach within public and third sector services and the wider community.
- Develop a robust evidence base on effective approaches towards making homelessness rare, brief and non-recurrent that can inform project delivery as well as other policymakers and service commissioners.
Funding Information & Duration
- Total available: £3 million
- The maximum grant size for applications is £1.5 million.
- A development grant of up to £50,000 is available to each successful EOI submitted. This should be spent within five months of being awarded, and prior to the submission of a full application.
- Project grants will last for between five and seven years as they believe that longer-term funding may promote service redesign and be better suited to the longer-term support needs of people the project is designed to help.
- The programme is open to the local authorities in Wales who were not successful in the first round of the Helping End Homelessness programme. They will only accept applications working within one or more of these eight local authority areas:
- Isle of Anglesey
- They will only accept one Expression of Interest (EOI) for each local authority area, including those wanting to work across more than one local authority area. This is because they want local organisations to work together to develop solutions rather than compete against each other for funds.
- Partnerships and applications should cover one or more local authority area and must be led by a well-placed third sector organisation. Partnerships must include the local authority/authorities covering the area.
For more information, visit https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/helping-end-homelessness#section-1