12 Jul 2018

The Community Foundation in Wales has opened the ‘Transformation & Growth Fund’ to help voluntary and community organisations serving those at risk of homelessness.

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The fund is designed to help address local housing and homelessness issues by providing grassroots organisations with development grants to build sustainability, develop ideas and deploy innovative solutions; and increase these organisations' capacity and resilience so they are more sustainable with greater capacity to support people in vulnerable housing situations. 

How much is available?

Grants will be offered between £10,000 - £25,000 for a duration of up to two years. 

Who can apply?

Funded organisations will be serving those at risk of homelessness which may include migrants, offenders, people with mental health needs, women, young people.

Organisations from the following counties in Wales can apply: -

  • Blaenau Gwent
  • Bridgend
  • Caerphilly
  • Cardiff
  • Merthyr Tydfil
  • Neath Port Talbot
  • Newport
  • Pembrokeshire
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • Swansea
  • The Vale of Glamorgan
  • Torfaen

Organisations should be addressing at least one of the 3 priority areas below: 

To increase economic well-being by:

  • equipping people with skills to move towards economic stability, enabling them to overcome barriers to employment and encouraging sustained employment;
  • increasing the impact of entitlements;
  • maximising income through wage growth and enabling people to secure and maintain their entitlements; and
  • challenging pricing mechanisms that disadvantage low-income households. 

To improve the supply of low-income housing and housing opportunity by:

  • defending existing low-income housing and encouraging the re-use of vacant housing; and
  • increasing the social value of existing or planned low-income housing by enhancing its management. 

To prevent homelessness by:

  • advocating for people facing a housing crisis, who are living in public housing, the private rented sector or who are low-income homeowners;
  • identifying groups who are at greater risk of homelessness and encouraging early intervention and support; and
  • challenging structures and policies that compromise people's ability to achieve housing stability. 

How to apply

There are two stages to the application process. Firstly, you will submit a short Expression of Interest form. If successful, you will be contacted by your local Community Foundation within a month, to attend an application workshop and submit a full application.

Visit the CFIW website for more information and application process. 

DEADLINE for Expression of Interest Form - 3rd of August 2018