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:
|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:
|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|
All applications need to be completed online. Applicants will be able to save incomplete application forms and return to them at a later date.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The total funding available is £3m. This forms part of the Scottish Government’s £50m Ending Homelessness Together Fund.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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]
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.
The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 8th February 2021.
The Scottish Government aims to announce funding decisions before the end of March 2021.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
To complete an application form for two-year funding please click here:
To complete an application form for one-year funding please click here:
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