Helping End Homelessness

Roundabout Sheffield

£10 million to redesign and improve services for people experiencing, or at risk of Homelessness.

Suitable for
Voluntary or community organisations, public sector organisations and private sector organisations working in partnerships
Funding size
No maximum grant amount
Total available
£10 million
Application deadline

The deadline to request the Expression of Interest form was midday, 12 January 2021. The Expression of Interest form is no longer available.


This programme is now closed.

Helping End Homelessness will award grants to strategic projects that operate across one or more local authority areas in urban and rural settings that seek to redesign services to make homelessness rare, brief and non-recurrent. They will be person-centred and delivered by multi-agency partnerships where third sector and public sector organisations work closely together, based on a mutually agreed vision for tackling homelessness.

Homelessness can affect anyone and be caused by a variety of factors. We have defined homelessness as ‘not having a home’. A person is homeless if they are:

  • sleeping rough
  • staying with friends or family
  • staying in a hostel, night shelter or B&B
  • squatting (because someone has no legal right to stay)
  • being at risk of violence or abuse in their home
  • living in poor conditions that affect their health
  • living apart from their family because they don't have a place to live together.

What type of projects will we fund?

We encourage applicants to consider specific priorities to focus their projects on including service innovation, person-centred support, supporting tenants and landlords in the private rented sector, homelessness prevention, trauma informed environments, reducing discrimination and prejudice, and rural homelessness. The voices of those affected by homelessness will be at the centre of those projects. Projects will:

balance preventative and responsive approaches within a psychologically informed environment.

provide tenant support (particularly within the private rented sector),

and address the stigma and prejudice experienced by people who are homeless.

Projects will need to respond to the fast-changing environment caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic and must consider Local Authority ‘phase 2’ plans as part of their approach. The projects will be robustly evaluated to ensure that what they learn can inform current and future policy and practice. Projects can be in rural and/or urban settings.

The impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on tackling homelessness

The National Lottery Community Fund decided to pause Helping End Homelessness in May 2020 due to challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recent policy and funding announcements have had significant implications for those interested in tackling homelessness. The Welsh Government will invest up to £50 million this financial year to provide support to those experiencing homelessness. It issued new ‘Phase 2’ guidance to local authorities on 3rd June 2020 to help them plan how they will ensure that no one has to return to rough sleeping. Local authorities were required to develop and submit individual plans for their areas to Welsh Government by the end of June 2020 to bid for additional funds to support those who are homeless.

Considering these developments, since June we have carried out a review of the programme to ensure that it remains relevant to the changed landscape and subsequently we have made some minor changes, including a new timescale.

Who can apply?

Our research shows that organisations need to work together to coordinate their approach, close gaps and ensure that opportunities to prevent and tackle homelessness are seized. That’s why we will only accept applications from multi-sector, multi-organisation partnerships.

Partnerships and applications should cover one or more local authority area and must be led by a well-placed third sector organisation. We expect partnerships to include the local authority/authorities covering the area in question.

We expect to only accept one Expression of Interest for each local authority area, including those wanting to work across more than one local authority area. This is because we want local organisations to work together to develop solutions rather than compete against each other for funds.

While these partnerships must take account of local authority plans developed in response to the Welsh Government’s ‘Phase 2’ guidance, we expect these partnerships to go further. We will fund projects based on a vision for tackling homelessness shared by both the public and third sector and, crucially, including the voices of those affected by homelessness.

While this list is not exhaustive, we would anticipate the following types of organisation being involved as partners:

  • Established local third sector organisations with experience of delivering homelessness services
  • Health services
  • Local authorities
  • Private rented sector
  • Housing associations
  • Smaller third sector organisations with relevant expertise
  • Probation Service
  • Police
  • Secure Estate
  • BAME organisations
  • LGBT organisations
  • Social enterprises with relevant expertise
  • Mental Health services
  • Religious organisations/places of worship
  • Academic or research institutions
What can you apply for?

Helping End Homelessness has a budget of £10 million.

Development grants (Phase 1)

A development grant of up to £50,000 is available to each successful Expression of Interest submitted. This should be spent within five months of being awarded, and prior to the submission of a full phase 2 application. Development grants are for revenue costs only.

We think that development grants might be required as building links between statutory and third sector services, involving service users in project design and developing a project plan is likely to be resource intensive.

Full project grants (Phase 2)

Project grants will last for between 5 and 7 years as we believe that longer-term funding may promote service redesign and be better suited to the longer-term support needs that many of the potential project beneficiaries are likely to have. We expect these to be mainly revenue grants, with some capital costs permitted with our prior agreement.

There is no maximum grant size as we do not want to restrict the scale and ambition of applicants.

Given the likely scale and scope of the multi-partner projects that we hope to fund we anticipate that we may only be able to fund 3 or 4 projects in total. It is unlikely that we will be able to fund all the projects that apply to us for funding through this programme

How do you apply?

Please make sure you read the guidance notes carefully and then give us a call.

The deadline to request the Expression of Interest form was midday, 12 January 2021. The Expression of Interest form is no longer available. Here is a sample form for your information. We will only accept applications on forms we have sent to a formed partnership, following a discussion with one of the team working on this programme. Please call us if you have any questions.

We ask that any organisations interested in forming a partnership contact us as soon as possible. We can put you in touch with other organisations who are interested in being part of a partnership, give you additional advice and support before your partnership submits your Expression of Interest, and tell you more about the information we need from you.

In line with GDPR requirements, we will need your permission to share your details with other organisations. To find out what personal data we collect and how we use this data, visit

When you contact us, these are the type of questions we’ll ask. It will be useful for you to have as much of this information to hand as possible. If you’re emailing us for advice about your idea or interest, please provide as much of this information in your email as possible so that we can respond with appropriate feedback.

  • What type of organisation are you? Third sector, social enterprise, statutory body etc.
  • What does your organisation do, and what role does it have in supporting people who are homeless?
  • What could your organisation bring to a homelessness project delivered by partnership?
  • What ideas do you have for delivering the project?

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