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TDS Charitable Foundation

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Funding is available for organisations that support landlords and tenants to improve standards and educate those involved in the private rented sector in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Fund Information

Funding body:

TDS Charitable Foundation

Maximum value:

£ 10,000

Application deadline:

20/01/2020

Background

Funding is provided by the TDS Charitable Foundation, which was established in 2014 by TDS, the UK’s leading tenancy deposit scheme. TDS is funded mainly by donations from The Dispute Service, and operates in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The Foundation works to advance education about housing rights and obligations in general, and in particular about:

  • Best practice in the management of private rented housing.

  • Legal rights and obligations of those involved in the provision or management of private rented housing.

  • Using alternative dispute resolution for more efficient and effective resolution of disputes between landlords and tenants.

Objectives of Fund

The Foundation offers funding to support projects which address the themes it sets each year. In 2019 it aims to fund projects that focus on one of the following:

  • Promoting knowledge of landlords' obligations.

  • Promoting knowledge of tenants' rights and responsibilities.

Previous Success

Examples of previously funded projects include:

  • Brent Private Tenants’ Group to develop training and advice services for migrant and refugee renters.

  • Cardiff Tenants and Residents Association to establish a dedicated website providing advice to tenants in Wales.

  • Centre for Sustainable Energy to support landlords in the South West to better understand their obligations around new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES).

  • Father Hudson’s Society, to develop the ‘Safe & Sound – Improving understanding and sustaining tenancies for new migrants’ project which supports refugees and EU migrants to secure and sustain tenancies.

  • Firvale Community Hub to work directly with Slovak Roma families to explain the tenancy agreement and responsibilities of a tenant as well as providing resources.

  • Leeds University Students Union to provide advice and support for students moving into the private rented sector; including a buddying scheme.

  • South Hams Citizens Advice Bureau, to enable personalised advice appointments for landlords and tenants to raise awareness of housing rights and responsibilities with a focus on recent and forthcoming changes in energy regulations.

Value Notes

The maximum grant available is £10,000 per project.

Match Funding Restrictions

Match funding is not required.

Who Can Apply

Organisations that support landlords and tenants to improve standards and educate those involved in the private rented sector can apply.

Location

England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Terms and Conditions

Successful applicants are expected to report periodically on how the grant has been used and agree that the Foundation can publicise that funding through its website or other media.

Restrictions

Funding is not available for the following:

  • Non-project-specific salaries.

  • Day-to-day overheads/running costs (although bids can include a contribution to general overheads where these can legitimately be allocated to the bid).

  • Continuation funding (although bids for a repeat of the project may be considered afresh during a subsequent bid round).

  • General workshop sessions.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available for projects that further the objects of the TDS Charitable Foundation as follows:

  • To advance education about housing rights and obligations in general, and in particular about:

    • Best practice in the management of private rented housing.

    • Legal rights and obligations, which are of particular relevance to those who are involved in the provision or management of private rented housing or who hold tenancies within the private rented housing sector.

    • Use of alternative dispute resolution processes for the more efficient and effective resolution of disputes between landlords and tenants.

  • To advance conflict resolution through promoting the use of alternative dispute resolution processes for the more efficient resolution of disputes between landlords and tenants within the private rented housing sector.

Themes for 2020

Activities must also meet one or the other of the following 2020 funding themes:

  • Theme 1 - promoting knowledge of landlords' obligations.

  • Theme 2 - promoting knowledge of tenants’ rights and responsibilities. A particular focus of this will be the student market.

How To Apply

The next deadline for applications is 20 January 2020 (5pm).

Applications should be made using the application form that is available to download from the Foundation's website.

This should be submitted by email or post to the Foundation.


Useful documents & links

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    TDS Charitable Foundation
    West Wing, First Floor
    The Maylands Building
    200 Maylands Avenue
    Hemel Hempstead
    HP2 7TG
    Tel: 01442 210224
    Email: [email protected]

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