£3m Homelessness Winter Transformation Fund to Open in Early May
New funding to enable community and faith groups in England to provide winter services for people sleeping rough next winter.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has announced that community and faith groups can apply for grants from 4 May 2021 to develop accommodation options that are self-contained, Covid-secure and dignified, to be ready for people sleeping rough by winter 2021/22.
The funding aims to help small-to-medium homelessness charities, community and faith groups and voluntary sector organisations transform their winter services for people sleeping rough in response to the requirements of these individuals and the need to move away from communal sleeping arrangements as a result of Covid-19.
Managed by Homeless Link in partnership with Housing Justice, the £3 million Fund will include £1 million of capital and £2 million of revenue.
This funding is in addition to Government funding provided to local authorities to bring forward winter provision, including the £10 million Cold Weather Fund and £112 million Rough Sleeping Initiative.
The capital grants round opens to applications on 4 May. The funding prospectus and frequently asked questions will be published at that time.
In the meantime, groups should note the following dates:
- 21 April 2021: Homeless Link webinar to set out key information about the fund
- By end July 2021: Decisions due on capital funding
- By early September 2021: Decisions due on revenue funding
Applications will be accepted from 4 May 2021.