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£3m Homelessness Transition Fund opens for applications

£3m Homelessness Transition Fund opens for applications

The Homelessness Transition Fund is offering grants of up to £200,000 to homeless charities across to support new ways of preventing and tackling rough sleeping.

Homelessness is rising in many areas, with the number of people sleeping out on any one night estimated to have increased by 23% last year, according to Government figures published last week.

priority will be given to areas that are experiencing high levels of homelessness and want to adopt No Second Night Out. This is the scheme, pioneered in London, that involves putting the services in place to ensure that new rough sleepers gets rapid help so they do not spend a second night out.

The closing date for applications is 12 October 2012. A series of briefings will be held for charities interested in making an application.

Future Ready fund

The Fund is also launching another fund later this month. The Future Ready fund is available to homelessness services that are at risk of closure. Grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 will be available to help them find ways of securing their futures.

Sharon Allen, Chair of the Fund’s Grants Panel, said: “We want to help communities that have been hardest hit by homelessness. If you’re a charity which has a new idea when it comes to tackling rough sleeping or you want to join the growing number of areas to adopt No Second Night Out, we want to hear from you.”

About the Homelessness Transition Fund

The Homelessness Transition Fund was set up in 2011 to help support the Government’s rough sleeping strategy ‘Vision to end rough sleeping: No Second Night Out nationwide’. Independent of government, it is administered by Homeless Link, the umbrella body for homelessness charities.

It is supported by the Department for Communities and Local Government, and has so far made 62 grants worth £11.6 million.

Applications for grants of up to £200k need to be made by 12th October 2012. A series of briefings will be held for charities interested in making an application.

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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