The Government is providing a total of up to £1 million through grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 to support local not-for-profit organisations in England for one or both of the following purposes:

  • To provide additional accommodation to rough sleepers during the period 1 December 2019 to 31 March 2020. Additional means in this case to what is already being commissioned by the local authority. This can be either shelter beds or other accommodation.
  • To enhance the support provided in or complementary to existing commissioned shelter beds to reduce the level of returns to the street for people sleeping rough accommodated in shelters and to help secure long-term move-on from shelters. Consideration will be given to applications for training and workforce development or provision for Day Centres to extend provision to integrate services with local shelters, personalised budgets for people sleeping rough or similar activities that enhance the quality of support provided in shelters or the chances of achieving good move on outcomes from shelters.

Bids should seek to offer longer-term solutions for people sleeping rough accessing shelters, by supporting moves into accommodation, and sustainable longer-term accommodation for those moving off the streets.

Priority will be given to bids that seek to provide support for specific groups such as vulnerable women, LGBT, couples, or pet owners.

Projects must take place between 1 December 2019 and 31 March 2020.

The deadline for applications is 6 December 2019.