Morrisons Foundation - COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund

funding update
Published date: 
Thursday, 16th April 2020

The Morrisons Foundation Trustees is making £500,000 available through the Homeless Support Fund to support charities caring for the homeless during the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak and ensure help gets to those who need it most.

The funding is for homeless people who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 because they are more likely to have underlying health conditions and are less able to access basic sanitation. For those who are sleeping rough or are in a crowded night shelter, it is impossible to self-isolate and maintain social distance.

Applicants should:

  • Be registered with the Commission/OSCR for a minimum of one year and have filed their documents (ie trustee's reports and financial accounts) on time.
  • Work directly with homeless people and provide support of one or more of the areas the fund cover.
  • Accept payment electronically over the phone (by credit card or BACS).

Registered charities who care for the homeless can apply for support to cover the following broad areas:

  • Outreach and support for rough sleepers, including provision of essentials.
  • Delivery of services in hostels and shelters.
  • Information and advice.

The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Salaries and other running costs to support ongoing service deliver.
  • Individuals.
  • Expeditions, recreation or overseas travel.
  • Fundraising events.
  • Work that is primarily the statutory responsibility of public agencies.
  • Promotion of religious or political messaging.
  • Event sponsorship.
  • Advertising, promotion or marketing of events or services.
  • Overseas appeals.
  • Conferences or seminars.
  • Equipment which will be retained by individuals rather than the charity.
  • Animal charities, unless the aim is to improve the lives of vulnerable or disadvantaged individuals.
  • Projects being delivered outside of England, Scotland or Wales.
  • Sports-based charities, unless the aim is to improve the lives of vulnerable or disadvantaged individuals.
  • Projects which could harm the reputation of the Foundation.

An online application form can be found on the Foundation's website and the name of the project should be 'COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund'.

Applications will be assessed on a weekly basis and accepted until the fund is depleted. After this time, homeless charities can apply to the established grant funding process.

Contact the Morrisons Foundation for further information.