2 November 2020
Funding for Providing COVID-19 Secure Winter Accommodation for People Experiencing Homelessness
Homelessness, faith, community and voluntary sector organisations in England can apply for funding to provide single room and COVID-19 secure accommodation for people experiencing homelessness this winter.
A new £2 million Fund has been launched that aims to help frontline organisations to keep homeless people and rough sleepers safe during winter.
Grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 are available for small to medium sized organisations with an annual turnover of up to £5 million that are working directly with people experiencing homelessness.
The funding is to be used for one or both of the following two purposes:
- To ensure that eligible organisations who provide winter accommodation for the homeless can provide single room COVID-19 secure accommodation this winter. This means accommodation for rough sleepers which involves individual/sole use sleeping rooms. In most cases it is also expected that this will include individual washing facilities (which could be attached to the bedroom in an en-suite arrangement or not).
- To support services that prevent rough sleeping and support rough sleepers in innovative ways building on proven approaches such as hosting, shared houses, support work and accessing the private rented sector.
The grants can be used to cover the following:
- Investments in systems (such as small-scale information systems).
- Investments in people (such as staff travel and training).
- Investments in infrastructure.
- Dedicated capacity development.
- Staff salaries.
- Project activities.
- Running costs (such as rent and bills).
- Small-scale refurbishment (such as decoration and basic furnishing).
- Equipment (such as PPE).
- Organisational development.
- Contributions to fixed costs.
The application deadlines are 1pm on 4 November 2020 and 2 December 2020.