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7 March 2012
Homelessness Transition Fund announces funding rounds for 2012/13
From April 2012, homelessness charities will be able to apply for grants of up £200k to invest in new ways of preventing and tackling rough sleeping.
Key homelessness services, which are at risk of closure, will also be able to apply for grants of up to £25k to help them find ways of securing their futures.
The Fund will particularly encourage applications from areas which are experiencing high levels of homelessness and rough sleeping. The Fund will also encourage applications from areas that are keen to adopt No Second Night Out - an initiative that involves having the right services in place to make sure that anyone who ends up on the streets gets rapid help so they don't spend a second night out.
Commenting, Sharon Allen, Chair of the Fund's Grants Panel said:
“We've already given out over £8m to help charities either provide the vital support that many homeless people need or to set up initiatives that can prevent rough sleeping.
“With the number of rough sleepers on the rise in many areas, we want to really focus on areas that are experiencing the highest levels of homelessness.
“We need to ensure that critical services are protected and that initiatives, like No Second Night Out, get the investment they need to stop homelessness before it begins.”
The independent 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'.
Administered by Homeless Link, the umbrella body for homelessness charities, the Fund will award £20m between 2011- 2013.
The next funding round for grants of up to £200k will open in April 2012 and will be followed by subsequent rounds in September 2012 and April 2013. The funding round for smaller grants of up to £25k will open in May 2012.