The £1 million Cold Weather Fund is provided by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and administered by Homeless Link, which is the national membership charity for organisations working directly with people who become homeless in England.
Registered charities and Community Interest Companies that are not commissioned by local authorities can apply for grants of up to £25,000.
The funding is 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.
When to apply
The deadline for applications is 6 December 2019. Applications received by 31 October 2019 will be considered in an initial round.
How to apply
Full details can be found on Homeless Link website.