Homelessness charities in England are being offered the chance to apply for grants of up to £200,000 to invest in new ways of preventing and tackling rough sleeping.
The £20m Homelessness Transition Fund, which is funded by the Communities and Local Government department and managed by the charity Homeless Link, has a total of £3m available in this grant round, which opened yesterday.
Charities must complete their applications by 12 October and a series of briefings will be held for those interested in applying, organisers said.
The fund was launched in July 2011 in response to government figures showing that the number of people sleeping out on any one night had increased by around 23 per cent since autumn 2010.
It has given out 62 grants worth a total of £11.6m since its launch.
Homeless Link said that priority would be given to projects in areas experiencing high levels of homelessness and to charities that wanted to adopt No Second Night Out, an initiative that is supported by the fund and designed to provide rapid help to anyone who ends up on the streets.
It will also launch the Future Ready fund later this month, which will allow homelessness services at risk of closure to apply for grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 to help them find ways of securing their futures.
Sharon Allen, chair of the fund’s grants panel, said: "We want to help communities that have been hardest hit by homelessness. If you’re a charity that has a new idea when it comes to tackling rough sleeping or you want to join the growing number of areas to adopt No Second Night Out, we want to hear from you."