£10m available for charities providing overnight accommodation and other funding news

£10m available for charities providing overnight accommodation and other funding news

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Here’s a look at some of the funding opportunities currently available to charities in the UK, from national to local opportunities, including the Night Shelter Transformation Fund and which Fund? which is open again for applications.

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The? Fund publishes new tender

Following its opening success last year, which? Fund is issuing a new call for applicants seeking funding for research projects aimed at tackling consumer harm experienced by underrepresented consumer groups.

The which? The fund encourages UK registered charities, universities and not-for-profit community interest companies (CICs) to apply for grants.


The initiative was set up to fund much-needed projects that uncover and tackle consumer harm affecting some of the country’s most disadvantaged communities and last year successfully awarded tens of thousands of pounds in grants to four charities.

Projects will be invited covering four key areas: money, fraud, digital life, and consumer rights and protection. With the cost of living and energy crises continuing to hit many UK households, there could be no better time to start applying for the which? Fund, as statistics consistently show that minority consumers have been disproportionately affected by the crisis.

The which? The application window for funds will be open until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 19. The shortlisted applicants will be notified in October 2022 and the successful applications will be announced in spring 2023.

£10m in grants to charities providing overnight accommodation

Charities that provide night shelters for people with sleep problems are eligible to apply for a grant from the Night Shelter Transformation Fund.

The fund will award up to £10m in annual and multi-annual grants until 31 March 2025. It is administered by the Department for Leveling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), working in partnership with Homeless Link and Housing Justice.

The fund will focus on organizations providing accommodation and holistic and transformative services. The three goals include providing year-round, quality and safe housing, improving the quality and availability of support services, and providing intensive care and guidance for people with limited access to statutory services.

The fund is open to organizations working directly with people who are sleeping poorly, are in shelter or provided shelter during or after 2019/20.

Application deadline is August 26, 2022.

Funding will be divided into three streams: revenue funding to support organizations with ongoing expenses for transformative services, capital costs to support self-contained housing, and a new Capital Incubator fund to help organizations develop their capital plans.

Organizations can learn more or apply for the fund here.

Grants for projects working with refugee children and young people

Grants are available to UK registered charities, community groups and schools to support projects working with displaced children and young people both in the UK and internationally.

The following funding is available through the British & Foreign School Society (BFSS) for UK projects:

  • £10,000-60,000 for up to two years (maximum £30,000 per year) for registered charities or educational institutions.
  • £10,000-20,000 for up to two years (maximum £10,000 per year) for organizations that are not registered charities or educational institutions.

Applications are accepted from UK registered charities, not for profit community based organisations, schools, academies, colleges and other educational institutions. Funding is available for new projects or pilot projects that have started within the last 12 months to meet a newly created need.

The fund supports work with the following objectives:

  • Improving access to educational opportunities (including training or employment opportunities for people aged 16-25).
  • Breaking down barriers to success for children and young people living in the UK who are refugees or asylum seekers, unaccompanied children or children of undocumented migrants.

Applications for Stage 1 can be submitted at any time via the BFSS website for UK or international projects. These will be evaluated on an ongoing basis and shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a Stage 2 proposal.

£5,000 for community projects in North & East Yorkshire

The Dulverton Trust Fund provides grants of up to £5,000 for community projects in North and East Yorkshire, including Hull and York.

The grants are designed to support youth opportunities, general welfare, and conservation and preservation.

The main objective of the fund is:

  • Support local solutions to meet local needs
  • Promote community cohesion
  • Develop sustainable and supportive communities
  • Providing social and educational development opportunities
  • Support the general conservation and protection of wildlife habitats
  • Support the protection of cultural heritage and the preservation of cultural heritage skills

Constituted volunteer and community groups, registered charities, cooperatives, social enterprises and CICs are all eligible to apply and there are two deadlines for the fund: September 12, 2022 for late October 2022 decisions and January 6, 2023 for late February 2023 decisions

Further information and the application form can be found here.

£100,000 fund for community groups and charities in the Braintree District

Community groups and charities tackling the biggest issues affecting residents of the Braintree district can apply for a share of £100,000.

The Braintree District and Eastlight Community Fund is managed by the Essex Community Foundation (ECF) and was set up by Braintree District Council and Eastlight Community Homes. The fund has awarded more than £1 million to local causes since 2015.

This year, the fund is seeking offerings, large and small, to support residents facing the major social issues that residents say affect them the most: the cost of living crisis, loneliness and social isolation , problems with emotional health and well-being or lack of opportunities for young people.

Grants of between £500 and £5,000 are available for smaller grassroots projects, alongside larger grants of up to £40,000 over three years.

The application deadline is Monday, August 22, 5 p.m.

£100,000 in grants available for charities and volunteer organizations in North Northumberland

The Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland provides over £100,000 in grants each year, specifically to benefit charities and volunteer organizations in North Northumberland.

The grant funding comes from a series of funds set up at the Community Foundation to support North Northumberland from Morpeth to the Borders. These include the Northern Angel Fund for Berwick and the Appletree Fund, as well as funds looking to provide grants in North Northumberland as part of a broader strategy to support the whole of North East England.

A general application can be made through the Foundation’s website and they will match it to an appropriate fund. Charities and volunteer organizations can apply for grants from £750 up to £10,000 and both core and project costs are taken into account.

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