Homelessness charities affected by the COVID-19 crisis are now able to apply for emergency funding totalling £5.5m, the government has stated.
The majority of the money (£4.82m) is provided by The National Lottery Community Fund, with the remainder coming from Comic Relief.
The funding builds on the £6m in emergency funding previously provided to homelessness charities by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), which received nearly 300 applications and was split between 133 homelessness charities.
The funding is part of a £750m emergency package for charities announced by chancellor Rishi Sunak in April in response to the COVID-19 crisis and the ensuing lockdown.
As with the previous round of grants, the fund will be managed by Homeless Link.
Rick Henderson, chief executive of Homeless Link, said: “We are glad to be able to provide this additional critical relief to frontline services impacted by coronavirus, enabling even more of them to continue to provide vital support for people experiencing homelessness as the country moves into the next phase of its COVID-19 response and beyond.
“We are aware that demand for this funding will be incredibly high and anticipate having to make some difficult decisions.
“We advise charities to consider all relevant funds that can be applied to at this time.”
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Applicants for this second round of funding must be frontline homelessness charities with a turnover of less than £5m – and more than half of the organisation’s beneficiaries must be people actively experiencing homelessness.
The deadline for submissions is 3 August 2020, and awards must be spent within six months of receipt of funds, or by 19 April 2021.