The £20m Homelessness Transition Fund has been launched with the ambition to help prevent and tackle rough sleeping in England. £8m is available in 2011/12, £8m in 2012/13 and £4m in 2013/14.
The Fund is for the voluntary sector and provided by the Department of Communities and Local Government. It is administered by Homeless Link and will run over three years, with money given out in annual funding rounds.
The fund will support existing services and also help develop new ways of working that support the ambition to end rough sleeping – such as 'No Second Night Out'.
Voluntary sector organisations that provide services to single homeless people can apply for grants if they meet the criteria for funding. Applications are also welcome from consortiums of organisations, which are led by a homelessness agency.
The overall objective of the Transition Fund is to help prevent homelessness and rough sleeping. It is specifically designed to:
• protect and enhance essential and strategically significant services for single homeless people and support them in becoming sustainable, and
• support the introduction of the 'No Second Night Out' Standard and other innovations to end rough sleeping.
The Transition Fund is aimed at charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises that are delivering front line services. Organisations must be one of the following:
• a registered charity;
• a voluntary and community unincorporated charitable association;
• a community benefit society registered as an industrial and provident society;
• a community interest company;
• an organisation of another type if it operates as a social enterprise and principally reinvests its surpluses for social benefit.
To be eligible to apply organisations must:
• provide services to single homeless people, in particular rough sleepers or those at risk of rough sleeping;
• submit their most recent set of approved (signed) annual accounts
The deadline for applications for funding in 2011/12: Friday 30 September 2011, 00:00