Help through Crisis Fund’ for England

deadline for Stage One applications is 26 August 2015

The Big Lottery Fund has launched a new £30 million grant fund for VCSE projects in England that will help people in crisis as a result of hardship.

The ‘Help Through Crisis Fund’ will award grants of between £300,000 and £500,000 to voluntary, community and social enterprises (VCSE) projects that provide immediate and longer-term support for people suffering through family breakdown, homelessness or debt, through advocacy or advice.

Since the Fund is aimed at projects that will support people to overcome barriers to access the services they need, VCSE organisations must have experience in providing hardship services so they can start helping people immediately.

Applicants must be able to show they are fully engaged with the people they are supporting and working with local partner organisations.

Projects should be rooted in the community and focus on supporting people who have most difficulty accessing mainstream services, such as disabled people, those with learning difficulties, people with mental health issues and those who live in rural locations.

While the main focus of the projects will be on addressing hardship crisis through advocacy support and advice, projects may also provide other activities that help to support immediate need for example; hot meals, food parcels, emergency furniture, clothing and shelter.

Projects will help people navigate and access the services they need to help them improve their lives. Projects could include but are not limited to: advocacy and advice services, training for ‘community champion’ to provide services in their local area, a service where GPs work with partner agencies to refer people for advocacy and advice, or specialist legal experts working with disabled people experiencing hardship.

There will be a two-stage application process.

  • The deadline for Stage One applications is 26 August 2015 (12noon).
  • Those selected at this stage will be invited to complete a Stage Two application form which is due by 11 November 2015.
  • Successful applicants will be notified in March 2016.

Full details can be found on the Big Lottery Fund website

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