Helping End Homelessness

This programme will award grants to strategic projects that seek to redesign services to make homelessness rare, brief and non-recurrent.

Suitable for
Voluntary or community organisations, public sector organisations and private sector organisations working in partnerships
Funding size
Over £10,000
Total available
£10 million
Application deadline

Expression of Interest by 12:00pm on 29 May 2020. Please get in touch as soon as possible if you’re thinking about applying.


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 will be delivered by multi-agency partnerships.

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

  • 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 your home 
  • living in poor conditions that affect your health 
  • living apart from your family because you don't have a place to live together. 

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, trauma informed environments, reducing discrimination and prejudice, and rural homelessness.

Launch events

We are holding three events across Wales where we can answer any questions you may have, but more importantly it’s an opportunity for you to network and start building partnerships with other organisations thinking about applying. Please contact us as soon as possible to register your interest in the programme and to register to attend an event.

  • 25 February 2020 in Butetown Community Centre, Cardiff
  • 27 February 2020 in Catrin Finch Centre, Glyndwr University, Wrexham
  • 28 February 2020 in Medrus 3/4, Aberystwyth University
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 (EOI) 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 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
  • Prison Estate
  • BAME organisations
  • LGBT organisations
  • Social enterprises with relevant expertise
  • Mental Health services
  • Religious organisations/places of worship
  • Academic or research institutions
Size and length of grant

Helping End Homelessness has a budget of £10 million.

Development grants (Phase 1)

If required, a development grant of up to £50,000 is available to each successful Expression Of Interest form 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 to get started

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

The Expression of Interest (EOI) forms will be made available on the 4th of March 2020. We ask all interested applicants to call us before this date and 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 form, and tell you more about the information we need from you.

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?

Contact us by email at or by phone on 0300 123 0735 or by text relay on 18001 plus 0300 123 0735.