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Help the Homeless Grant Scheme - upcoming deadline

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Fund Information

Funding body: Help the Homeless

Maximum value: £ 5,000

Next Application deadline: 15/12/2018

Applications are considered quarterly. The deadlines each year are: 15 March, 15 June, 15 September, 15 December.


Help The Homeless was founded in 1975 and, shortly thereafter, launched its first National Appeal chaired by Sir Robert Mark (the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police at the time), which raised an initial capital sum.  Together with further donations and legacies since then, this capital has been managed and invested to produce income which is distributed in the form of grants.

Objectives of Fund

Help the Homeless is a small grant maker with limited funds available for giving.

It provides funding to support small and medium-sized UK charities that work to help homeless people rebuild their lives and re-enter society.

Funding is targeted at projects to find practical ways to help disadvantaged individuals return to the community through training or residential facility provision, rather than merely providing short term shelter.

Previous Success

Previously awarded projects include:

  • The charity Spear, which works with homeless people in and around Richmond, received a grant to help buy wardrobes for the hostel that they operate.

  • The Cathedral Archer Project, a day centre that supports the homeless and vulnerable in Sheffield, received a grant to buy shelving and storage to help them sort food and make food parcels more efficiently.

  • Furniture Plus, a Furniture Re-Use, Recycling and Repair charity based in Fife, received a grant to help with the construction of a new workshop for training.

Value Notes

Grants of up to £5,000 are available.

Who Can Apply

UK registered charities can apply. Charities must be registered with the Charity Commission in England, Wales or Northern Ireland or with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.

This fund is aimed at supporting small and medium-sized registered charities with an annual turnover of under £1 million and with unrestricted reserves of under six months annual running costs based on their latest published annual accounts.

Terms and Conditions

There should be a minimum period of two years between the receipt of a grant and a further application.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Individuals.

  • Core and running costs (ie salaries, rent, etc)

  • Computers.

  • IT equipment.

Eligible Expenditure

The funding is for capital items and projects.

Projects must assist individuals in their return to mainstream society, rather than simply offering shelter or other forms of sustenance.

Applicants requiring funding for building work and refurbishment are advised to contact CRASH, the construction industry's charity for homeless people for advice.

How To Apply

Applications are considered quarterly. The deadlines each year are: 15 March, 15 June, 15 September, 15 December.

Notification of decision within six weeks of each deadline.

Application forms are available to download from the Help the Homeless website.

Completed application forms should be returned with a copy of the organisation's most recent audited annual accounts.

Useful documents & links

Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Enquiries 
    Help the Homeless 
    6th Floor 
    248 Tottenham Court Road 
    W1T 7QZ 
    Fax: 020 7636 1428 
    Email: [email protected]

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