The aim of the Transformation & Growth Fund is to help voluntary and community organisations serving those at risk of homelessness, to increase their capacity to support people:
“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.”
The grants can provide direct funding for those eligible charities that are delivering clear outcomes as a result of their work. The grants will not provide funding for direct delivery of services, nor core funding except where it covers a relevant member of staff’s time to engage in these organisational development activities.
Funded organisations will be serving those at risk of homelessness which may include migrants, offenders, people with mental health needs, women, young people.
We will prioritise strong applications that come from organisations which have people with lived experience involved in the organisation in some way
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.
Grants will be offered between £10,000 - £25,000 for a duration of up to two years.
Whilst the following is not an exhaustive list, we would expect to see some clear impact in at least one of these areas:
• A better understanding of your business model and finances;
• A better understanding of how to access and/or develop other sources of income e.g. grants, contracts, trading etc;
• An expanded and/or more efficient and effective service offer;
• Leadership and governance;
• Improved management systems;
• Improved impact measurement systems;
• Better strategic planning;
• Building collaborative approaches;
• Strengthening networks.
Essentially, we want to ‘unlock’ potential in organisations to build sustainability, develop ideas and deploy innovative solutions to better tackling the housing crisis.
Organisations from the following counties in Wales can apply:-
Neath Port Talbot
Rhondda Cynon Taf
The Vale of Glamorgan
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.
DEADLINE for Expression of Interest Form - 3rd of August 2018
If you have satisfied the EOI stage, you will be invited by UKCF to submit a full application
We will be running a longer than usual application process, with several workshops and a local survey of existing delivery, to help us understand what your local sector needs and where support can best be given. The Community Foundation in Wales will notify both successful and unsuccessful applicants in Mid December.
Remember to always read the criteria in full before applying to any grant scheme to make sure your organisation and project is eligible.
For more information, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the Foundation on 02920 379 580 or email firstname.lastname@example.org