Third Sector Homelessness Fund

The Third Sector Homelessness Fund is a three year £4.5 million fund for third sector organisations delivering frontline homelessness services in Scotland.

The purpose of the Third Sector Homelessness Fund is to support third sector organisations to innovate and transform the services they provide to people in line with the Scottish Government’s updated Ending Homelessness Together Action Plan and local authorities’ Rapid Rehousing Transitions Plans.

The Third Sector Homelessness Fund aims to:

  • Support the programme of systematic transformational change set out in the Ending Homelessness Together High-Level Action Plan.
  • Support third sector organisations as they adapt to the transition that local authorities are undertaking to a rapid rehousing model.
  • Build cross sector collaboration between third sector organisations, local authorities and other statutory services.
  • Trial different and innovative approaches to service delivery.
  • Ensure that programmes are well evaluated and that learning from successful approaches is shared amongst stakeholders in the homelessness sector.

This funding for 2020-23 was announced as part of the 2019 Programme for Government following a decision to close the Housing Voluntary Grant Scheme by March 2020. This scheme provides funding to third sector organisations to deliver housing related services and projects in Scotland.

However, due to the outbreak of Covid-19 and its impact on homelessness organisations and charities across Scotland, the then Cabinet Secretary and Minister for Housing agreed to postpone announcing funding decisions for year one of the Third Sector Homelessness Fund. The decision was taken to instead provide a funding extension to 2019 recipients of the Housing Voluntary Grant Scheme in 2020-21 and 2021-22, resourced through the Third Sector Homelessness Fund. Organisations that benefitted from this funding extension are:

Organisation Project Name 2020-21
Homeless Action Scotland Housing Options: Homelessness prevention, policy and practice £168,000
Homeless Network Scotland Scottish Homelessness Involvement and Empowerment Network (SHIEN) £50,000
Legal Services Agency Preventing Homelessness Project (In-Court Representation Project) £43,944
Positive Action in Housing Multilingual Homelessness Advice and Information Service £53,000
Rock Trust, The A Way Home £47,000
SAY Women Accommodation Project and Resource Service £59,920
Scottish Churches Housing Action Volunteering, Consultancy and Training Skills Programme £59,000
Scottish Refugee Council Housing Integration Project £132,000
Scottish Woman’s Aid Prevention of women and children’s homelessness £72,345
Shelter Scotland Scottish Housing Law Service £183,000
Total Housing Voluntary Grant Scheme for 2020-21 £868,209

 

The Housing Voluntary Grant Scheme will close on 31 March 2022 and organisations are being supported to secure other sources of funding or establish exit plans.

Organisations that are in receipt of support from the Third Sector Homelessness Fund in 2021-22 and 2022-23 are:

Organisation Project Name 2021-22
Aberdeen Cyrenians Settled: Homes for All £90,890.92
Action for Children Youth Housing First model £73,332
Calman Trust Instant Housing Answers £75,000
Community Law Advice Network (Clan Childlaw Ltd) CLAN Childlaw Scottish Care Leavers Housing Advice Service £91,163
Frontline Fife Homelessness Services Beyond the School Gates £66,362
Govan Law Centre Crisis Navigator Intervention Service for women and children experiencing domestic abuse and VAWG £73,149
Housing Options Scotland Homeless Housing Options (HHO) for disabled and older people £79,555
Legal Services Agency Preventing Homelessness Project £51,209.50
LinkLiving Ltd Transform Through Transition project, providing mental health and independent living skills courses to PSL tenants £69,759
New Start Highland Rapid Rehousing Furniture Service £59,456.65
Open Door Accommodation Project Breaking the Cycle-Community Outreach Project £36,230
Quarriers Counselling Support Project £71,727
Rowan Alba R’ House £34,752
SAY Women Preventing and responding to homelessness among survivors of childhood sexual abuse £37,140
Scottish Refugee Council Ending Homelessness for New Scots £55,964
SeAscape (South Ayrshire Escape from Homelessness Ltd)  I’M IN! early intervention project £68,773.17
Shelter Scotland PRS Homelessness Prevention in Dundee £74,907
Simon Community Scotland Shared Living project in Edinburgh £53,703
Women’s Aid East and Midlothian Housing First for women subjected to domestic abuse £74,604
YMCA Glenrothes Transition Digi-Support project £28,400
Total Third Sector Homelessness Fund for 2021-22   £1,266,077.24

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply for funding, an organisation must be a Scottish Registered Charity and must also have a “legal personality”, meaning it is legally constituted and can enter into a contract. Being a Scottish Registered Charity means being registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) and having a Scottish Charity number. Examples of legal personalities include Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations (SCIOs) and registered companies. Unincorporated organisations, even with charitable status, are not eligible to apply. Community Interest Companies have a legal personality but are not Scottish Registered Charities and are therefore not eligible to apply for this funding.
Please note: Residential Social Landlords (RSLs) and Housing Associations are not eligible to apply for this fund.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?
All applications need to be completed online. Applicants will be able to save incomplete application forms and return to them at a later date.
I made an application to this fund last year, do I need to submit another application?
Yes. The funding round that was announced in early 2019 was postponed following the outbreak of COVID-19. This postponement was communicated to all applicants. All applications to this original funding round are now void. If you wish to apply for a grant you will need to complete a new application form. If you would like a copy of an application form that you completed last year for reference, please request it by emailing tom@corra.scot.
We are an organisation operating in the third sector but not a Scottish Registered Charity, can we still apply?
No. In order to be eligible for funding your organisation needs to be a Scottish Registered Charity. Being a Scottish Registered Charity means being registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) and having a Scottish Charity number.
Does an organisation have to be legally incorporated in order to apply?
Yes. In order to receive funding an organisation must have a “legal personality”, meaning you are legally constituted and can enter into a contract.  Examples of legal personalities include Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations (SCIOs) and registered companies. Unincorporated organisations, even with charitable status, are not eligible to apply. Community Interest Companies have a legal personality but are not Scottish Registered Charities and are therefore not eligible to apply for this funding.
We are Residential Social Landlord (RSL)/ Housing Association with charitable status and operating on a not for profit basis, can we apply?
No. RSLs and Housing Associations are not eligible to apply for this fund. This is because a separate fund, The Homelessness Prevention Fund, is being developed by the Scottish Government that is designed for RSLs/ Housing Associations. The Homelessness Prevention Fund will provide up to £1.5m over three years. The Scottish Federation Of Housing Associations (SFHA) and Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF) are supporting the development of this fund which will increase and spread the work of social landlords in supporting low income families in social housing in ways that help to prevent crisis points and avoid homelessness.
Is there a minimum/maximum amount of funding that can be applied for?
There is no minimum or maximum amount that an organisation may apply for. As a broad guideline, the fund anticipates applications between £20,000 and £100,000 per annum for two-year projects, and £20,000 to £75,000 for one year projects. Please contact us if you think your application is likely to sit significantly outside this range.
Can an organisation send more than one application?
A single organisation may send one application for single-year funding and one application for two-year funding, a maximum of two applications in total. If you are planning to send two applications, each application should clearly relate to a separate project.
Can an organisation apply for multi-year funding?
Yes. This year the fund is open to applications for up to two-years (24 months) of funding. Only one multi-year application may be made per organisation.
How much funding is available in total?
The total funding available is £3m. This forms part of the Scottish Government’s £50m Ending Homelessness Together Fund.
How many projects is the fund likely to support?
The fund intends to support a combination of single-year and two-year activities. We envisage between 10 and 20 organisations being funded through a two-year funding arrangement, and up to 10 short term projects or initiatives being funded.
Can the fund support an organisation’s existing activities?
The core purpose of this fund is to support third sector organisations as they adapt to the systemic transformational change set out in the Ending Homelessness Together Action Plan. Successful applications will need to demonstrate how their activities relate to one or more of the five broad outcomes in this Action Plan and where possible, one or more of the recommended actions in the plan. The fund will support projects that show how existing activities/ practices are being adapted to align with the Action Plan.
Can the fund support an organisation’s core operating costs?
The fund can support both project costs and core costs. However, an application for core costs will have to clearly demonstrate how core operations/ working models will be adapted in line with the aims of the Ending Homelessness Together Action Plan. For example, by explaining the changes an organisation needs to make in order to adapt to the transition that local authorities are undertaking to a rapid rehousing transition model.
Can the fund support partnership/ joint applications?
Yes. The fund is particularly keen to support activities that seek to build cross sector collaboration and partnership working between third sector organisations, local authorities and other statutory services. If yours is a joint application, you must determine a lead partner who would complete the application form and enter into a formal grant agreement with the Scottish Government. This lead partner must meet the eligibility criteria of being a constituted organisation and a Scottish Registered Charity. The application form includes space to describe other partners and their roles in the proposed activities.
For more general information around collaborative working/ types of joint working agreements please visit: https://knowhow.ncvo.org.uk/organisation/collaboration
Can the fund support projects happening at a local/ regional level? 
The fund is able to support applications that are both national and local in scope. If the proposed activity is local, we will ask for the local authority area where the work is taking place. We will also ask the applicant to explain how the proposed activity aligns with the local authority’s Rapid Rehousing Transition Plan (RRTP). Many of these plans are now available online, search: Rapid Rehousing Transition Plan + [your area]
What additional information does an organisation need to send with its application?
Organisations will be asked to send us a copy of their most recent audited annual report and financial statements. We will also ask you to send us a copy of your Safeguarding Policy. If there is another document you have referenced in your application, there will also be a space to upload it on the application form. Please be aware, due to the volume of applications that are likely to be received, there will be limited capacity to review these documents.
What is the closing date for applications?
The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 8th February 2021.
When will decisions about funding be made?
The Scottish Government aims to announce funding decisions before the end of March 2021.
How will applications be assessed and how will final decisions be made?
A Grants Adviser at Corra Foundation will assess every application. This may include a telephone call with the lead contact of the applicant organisation. The purpose of a telephone would be to ask questions and seek clarification about information in the application form to ensure the assessor has a clear understanding of the proposed work. Once all applications have been assessed, Corra Foundation will send a recommendation report to the Scottish Government and will meet the Scottish Government to support final decision-making. Final decisions on funding will be made by the Scottish Government.
Will Corra Foundation offer feedback following funding decisions?
Yes. Each applicant will receive a tailored response which will advise them of the outcome of the application and will incorporate the following non-financial advice.
If successful:
  • Written feedback on the proposal outlining what was strong but also areas where some support could be beneficial.
  • A brief outline of the ongoing capacity building support that would be available through this fund.
This is the initial email and will be followed up by the formal grant offer letter from the Scottish Government.

If unsuccessful

  • Written feedback on the proposal outlining why it was unsuccessful, what was strong and guidance on where improvements could have been made.
  • Details about future eligibility to this fund.
  • A list of other funders with an interest in homelessness.
How will funding be paid?
Successful organisations will be issued a grant offer letter by the Scottish Government. This will confirm the level of funding being offered and the terms and conditions. The offer letter will include a proposed payment schedule and a bank details form. Once a signed agreement has been received, the Scottish Government will be in a position to release funding. Grants instalments will be paid on a quarterly basis in arrears.
How will continued support be offered to grant-holders?
Corra Foundation will offer a range of capacity building support to organisations that are successful in receiving a grant. Areas of support will be based on Corra Foundation’s knowledge of previous grant programmes, including areas such as marketing, evaluation, and sustainability planning. We will also include support that is specific to this fund, for example, implementing systems change, working collaboratively. Support mechanisms will include webinars, blogs/ articles, and links to other helpful sources of information.

Apply

To complete an application form for two-year funding please click here:

Two-year application form

To complete an application form for one-year funding please click here:

Single-year application form

Organisations may make a maximum of two application. One for a two-year project and one for a single year project. If making two applications, they should clearly be for different pieces of work.

The closing date for applications in 12noon on Monday 8th February 2021.

Click here for: Guidance Notes for Applicants

Get in touch

If you’d like any further information or have any questions, please get in touch with us at tshf@corra.scot. You can also call Tom Baughan, Project Manager, for a chat about the programme on 07974 987891.