Aims/priorities: The Night Shelter Transformation Fund is provided and administered by Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, in partnership with Homeless Link and Housing Justice.
Funding is intended to:
- Improve the quality of off-the-street accommodation, supplementary to that which is provided through local authority commissioned services.
- Help reduce the number of individuals sleeping rough or requiring emergency shelter, in close partnership with local authorities and other housing-related support services.
- Make long-term sustained transformations to the provisions made by non-commissioned Night Shelter providers, including diversification of services provided, greater organisational and financial resilience, and greater sustainability without requiring government funding to meet core costs.
Projects should deliver transformative provision under two broad categories:
- Enhanced accommodation offers, including hotels and B&Bs, single room accommodation, the reconfiguration of properties, modular housing and supported housing.
- Diversifying into community-based services, included but not limited to drop-ins, day services, befriending, peer support, floating support, advice and advocacy, employment support and provision for people with restricted eligibility.
The three funding streams cover the following costs:
- The revenue stream will fund staff, running and operational costs including small scale refurbishments such as painting and decorating costs.
- Revenue bids can contain up to 10% for minor capital costs.
- The capital stream will fund building-based works, including property or land purchase and significant renovations to existing sites.
- The capital incubator programme will fund smaller organisations to receive support with ideas for capital programmes, with bids expected in later rounds of funding.
Funding must be spent by 31 March 2023.
Who can apply? The following types of organisations with an annual turnover of less than £5 million may apply:
- Companies limited by guarantee.
- Charitable Incorporated Organisations.
- Community Interest Companies.
- Community Benefit Socieities.
- Unincorporated organisations.
Applicants must be already working to end homelessness, and have operated a Night Shelter since 2019/20.
Partnership working between applicants and local authorities is essential, and groups must submit the relevant local authority's endorsement ahead of applying.
Grant amount: There are three funding streams:
- Capital grants of £25,000 to £100,000.
- Revenue grants of £10,000 to £100,000.
- Capital incubator grants of up to £30,000.
Application process: A funding prospectus and online application form can be found on the UK Government website.
Deadline: The deadline to apply is 26 August 2022, for notifications in October 2022.
Contact information: For further information on how to obtain this fund, please contact the following:
- Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities: Tel 030 3444 0000, Email email@example.com
- Homeless Link: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jacob Quagliozzi - Housing Justice: Email j.quagliozzi@HousingJustice.org.uk
Website address: www.gov.uk