Homelessness charities offered £6m in emergency grants

Awards of up to £100,000 are available to organisations affected by the coronavirus outbreak

(Photograph: Luke Dray/Getty Images)
(Photograph: Luke Dray/Getty Images)

Homelessness charities are being invited to apply for a share of £6m of emergency funding to support them through the coronavirus pandemic. 

The funding, which has been provided by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government as part of the government's £750m emergency package for the voluntary sector, is being distributed to front-line providers by the membership charity Homeless Link

To be eligible, and organisation must have an annual income of less than £5m and low levels of reserves, and at least half of its service users must be people who are experiencing homelessness. 

Grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 are available depending on the size of the organisation.

Rick Henderson, chief executive of Homeless Link, said homelessness organisations had been working incredibly hard, in innovative ways and under difficult circumstances. 

“This fund will enable charities to continue their vital work in supporting people experiencing homelessness through this pandemic and beyond,” he said. 

Luke Hall, the homelessness minister, said protecting the most vulnerable people in society was the government’s absolute priority. 

“That’s why we’re giving front-line homelessness charities an extra £6m during this national emergency,” he said. 

“They are working tirelessly to support those without homes all over the country, and this funding will help them protect people when they need it most.”

The deadline for grant applications is 27 May. Awards must be spent by 30 October.

For more information, click here. To apply, click here.

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