Organisations which tackle homelessness and sexual and domestic violence can apply for a funding boost from London Councils.
Applications for the 2017-21 grants programme remain open and bids can be made by individual organisations or groups working together to provide services to tackle issues on a London-wide basis, accessible to people across all boroughs.
Applicants must be non-profit organisations that are financially solvent, able to work across more than one borough and able to demonstrate they provide services in at least one of the two key priority areas identified by London Councils:
- Homelessness – offering people various support to prevent them from becoming homeless as well as targeted intervention for those who have become homeless, including rough sleepers. Services will support people to maintain tenancies, secure employment, and build resilience in individuals including debt and financial management skills. Young people will be specifically supported to address the issues that are putting them at risk of or causing them to become homeless, including supported family reconnection.
- Sexual and domestic violence – helping people at risk of harm as well as those who have been subjected to violence. There is a range of funding strands covering prevention work in youth settings, specialist emergency refuge accommodation, advice, counselling, and support for those affected by harmful practices including FGM. The services will help those affected to move to a position of safety and help them to rebuild their lives both practically and emotionally. The prevention work aims create a change in awareness and attitudes of children and young people growing a generation that does not accept sexual and domestic violence as a normal part of life, and giving them tools to seek help when needed.
The aim of the funding is to tackle issues that are best addressed through pan-London provision and that add value to and complement local provision. All 32 London boroughs and the City of London contribute to the grants programme which is run on their behalf by London Councils and aims to meet key areas of need in the capital. It is anticipated that approximately £8.7m funding will be available per year, subject to budget setting.
Chair of London Councils’ Grants Committee, Councillor Paul McGlone said: “The grants programme is aimed at tackling some of the most pressing issues in the capital and making a difference to the lives of those affected by them. People who are homeless or have been subjected to or are at risk from violence are some of the most vulnerable we represent.
“The funding distributed by the programme will help some of the most dedicated voluntary and community organisations carrying out and complementing the vital work being done across boroughs.”
The closing date for applications is Thursday 15 September, 2016 at noon.