Third Sector Homelessness Fund

The Third Sector Homelessness Fund closed to applications on 24 February 2020. 

The Third Sector Homelessness Fund is a £4.5m fund from the Scottish Government for third sector organisations on the frontline of delivering 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 Ending Homelessness Together Action Plan.

The Third Sector Homelessness Fund will aim 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.

The fund is open to applications from: Monday 27th January.

The closing date for applications is: 12 noon on Monday 24th February.

The fund is delivered by Corra Foundation on behalf of the Scottish Government.

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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. You can access the online application form via the Corra Foundation website (click here). Applicants will be able to save incomplete application forms and return to them at a later date.
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 multi-year projects, and £20,000 to £75,000 for single 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 multi-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. If you are applying for single-year funding to pilot a new activity, you may be able to apply for up to two-years continuation funding for this activity as part of the next funding round.
Can an organisation apply for multi-year funding?
Yes. This year the fund is open to applications for up to three-years (36 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 £4.5m. This forms part of the Scottish Government’s £50m Ending Homelessness Together Fund. The funding will be distributed over three years from 2020/2021.
How many projects is the fund likely to support?
The fund intends to support a combination of single-year and multi-year activities. Approximately £500k per annum will support single-year activities and £1m per annum will support multi-year activities. We therefore envisage between 10 and 20 organisations being funded through a multi-year funding arrangement, and up to 10 short term projects or initiatives being funded each year.
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 24th February 2020.
When will decisions about funding be made?
The Scottish Government aims to announce funding decisions during the week commencing 23rd March.
How will applications be assessed and how will final decisions be made?
A Grants Adviser at Corra Foundation will assess every application. This will include a telephone call with the lead contact of the applicant organisation. The purpose of the telephone call is to ensure we have a clear understanding of the proposed work and the information on the application form. 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. A predefined list of support options will be sent to organisations as part of their offer letter. 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

Before completing an application to the Third Sector Homelessness Fund please read the guidance document and FAQs

Link to guidance document

Applications will be made online. There are two application forms, one for single year grants and one for multi-year grants. Organisations may apply for up to one single year grant and one multi-year grant (two in total). If applying for more than one grant, this must be done using separate application forms.

Please click on the links below to access the relevant application form:

Multi year application form

Single year application form

You are able to save and return to the forms at a later date.

Before completing the application form you may find it helpful to review the questions you will be asked to answer. A list of these questions may be found by clicking here (with the exception of budget details, the questions are the same for single and multi-year applications)

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.