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Isla Foundation – Tipping Point Grants

22 October 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Grants are available for not-for-profit organisations that are offering creative solutions to homelessness in the UK.

Fund Information

Funding body:

Isla Foundation

Maximum value:

£ 40,000

Application deadline:



Set up in 2013, the Isla Foundation offers funding to grassroots organisations and charities across the UK that provide vital help to the most vulnerable in society.

Objectives of Fund

The funding is for longer-term projects. In previous years, the scheme has focused on organisations that are fighting to highlight the injustices of gender inequality and violence against women and girls.

This year (2020), the grants are focused specifically on homelessness due to the impact of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic on the homeless. The Foundation sees this as an opportunity to find news ways to end homelessness for good.

Value Notes

Grants of up to £40,000 are available.

Who Can Apply

Applications are encouraged from organisations working in partnership.

Applications will be considered from:

  • Any organisation addressing the issue of homelessness. This might be tackling the root causes, tackling re-insertion in society or developing a response to the challenges which have arisen as a result of the Coronavirus crisi

  • Community groups with a three months’ bank statement and social media handles. It is preferred that community groups work with another organisation. Community groups will only be able to apply for a £3,000 grant.

  • Small and medium-sized user-led organisations (with an annual income of at least £75,000).

  • Other medium-sized organisations (with an annual income of at least £250,000).

To be eligible, applicants must be addressing the issue of homelessness. This might be tackling the root causes, tackling re-insertion in society or developing a response to the challenges which have arisen as a result of the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.




The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Larger organisations with an annual income greater than £10 million.

  • Work outside of the UK.

  • Fundraising events.

  • Repayment of debt

  • Redundancy costs.

  • Contribution to reserves.

  • Religious events.

Eligible Expenditure

The funding can be used for:

  • Capital costs (such as building and land improvements)

  • Staff costs

  • Running costs

  • Activities

  • Equipment

  • Other core costs needed to support the project.

  • One time events if the Foundation understands their wider play in the project’s aim

The funding is for projects that can create narratives that:

  • Look at the stories emerging from the pandemic, to find out who, or what, needs to be focussed on more.

  • Explore new kinds of relationships that have formed in response to COVID-19.

  • Show what is most important to communities.

  • Help inspire community togetherness after the pandemic.

  • Show where new kinds of infrastructure are being created, and why it’s valuable.

How To Apply

Applications will be accepted from 12 October to 12 November with decisions communicated around 27 November and funding to start on 15 December 2020.

The online application form is available from the Isla Foundation website.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Isabella Garibaldi Keen
    Isla Foundation
    Coppergate House
    Unit 412, 10 White's Row
    E1 7NF
    Email: [email protected]


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