Help the Homeless Grant Scheme

Help the Homeless is a small grant maker with limited funds available for giving.

It provides funding for charitable organisations with the aim of helping homeless people return to the community and enabling them to rebuild their lives.

Funding is targeted at projects to find practical ways to help disadvantaged individuals return to the community through training or residential facility provision, rather than merely providing short term shelter.

The reasons for being homeless vary enormously, but may include ill-health, those who are discharged offenders, addictions, family breakdown or other adverse circumstances.  Homelessness is not just about the people that the public sees and thinks about – principally “rough sleepers” living on the streets – but a whole range of people who lack a stable home.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available.

UK registered charities can apply. Charities must be registered with the Charity Commission in England and Wales or Northern Ireland or with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.

This fund is aimed at supporting small and medium-sized registered charities with an annual turnover of under £500,000

The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Individuals.
  • Core and running costs (ie, salaries, rent, etc)
  • Computers.
  • IT equipment.
  • Multi-year requests for funding.

The funding is for capital projects.

Projects must assist individuals in their return to mainstream society, rather than simply offering shelter or other forms of sustenance.

Applicants requiring funding for building work and refurbishment are advised to contact CRASH, the construction industry’s charity for homeless people for advice.

Applications are considered quarterly. The deadlines each year are 5pm on: 15 March, 15 June, 15 September, and 15 December.

Notification of decision are usually within eight weeks of the deadline.

The online application form can be found on the Help the Homeless website. 

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