The aim of the Housing and Homelessness Innovation & Voice Fund is to support new or improved solutions to some of the root causes of housing issues and homelessness in Northern Ireland. Funding is provided by the Oak Foundation.
An initial round of up to 8 grants in the range £15,000 to £25,000 will be made to voluntary, community or social enterprise organisations who wish to introduce a new approach or significantly adapt their approach to an issue (or set of issues) that can be evidenced to be contributing to housing deprivation and homelessness. These grants will be awarded in autumn 2021 and project duration should be between 12 and 15 months.
Two subsequent rounds of grants will be awarded in spring 2022 and spring 2023 respectively – information about application processes for these rounds will be posted on the Community Foundation’s website in due course. Both these subsequent rounds will be preceded by a creative problem solving process that supports collaborative working and development of innovative solutions to challenges identified by people with lived experience of housing issues and homelessness. A participatory grant-making process will also ensure that those with lived experience make the final decisions on which projects are awarded a grant.
Who can apply:
Projects must demonstrate the following:
The fund will prioritise the following:
The Fund will not support:
In addition the Community Foundation will not fund:
Applying to the Housing and Homelessness Innovation & Voice Fund:
The applications are invited through an online application and will follow two stages:
Stage One: Expressions of Interest – this will comprise a short form setting out the issue(s) you are seeking to address and your proposed approach. It is recommended that you attend an information event to find out more information on the full programme and fund. To register for this session, click here. If you cannot attend this session but would like to discuss this fund, contact the Innovation and Voice team, details below.
Expressions of Interest will be scored against the criteria above and the highest scoring applications will be shortlisted and invited to stage two. The Expression of Interest form can be accessed below. The deadline for submission of Expressions of Interest is 1pm on Friday 23rd July.
Stage Two: Full application and pitch. Following consideration by a panel, shortlisted Expressions of Interest will be invited to complete a more detailed online application including a budget breakdown. Each applicant will also be invited to make a short presentation on their proposed project to a panel comprising CFNI trustees as well as individuals with expertise, whether professional or by lived experience, of housing issues and homelessness in Northern Ireland. Final decisions will be based on both the application and the presentation and will be communicated within 24 hours of the panel meeting.
For further information on the Housing and Homelessness Innovation Fund, contact the Innovation and Voice team Gemma McCaughley firstname.lastname@example.org or Paul Braithwaite email@example.com
Before submitting your completed Expression of Interest form please upload the following supporting documents. All documents must be in the name of the applicant organisation.
Closing Date: Jul 23, 2021 13:00
Jul 23, 2021 13:00
Grants in the range £15,000 to £25,000
Whilst applications from any part of Northern Ireland are eligible, projects working in rural areas or towns and cities beyond Belfast would be particularly welcome; Projects and organisations that can demonstrate a strong track record of participation and involvement of people with lived experience of housing issues and homelessness in their work; Projects that seek to support the most vulnerable groups, including those that are destitute, such as asylum seekers or other migrants; Projects that seek to address how women’s experiences of violence contribute to their housing deprivation, potential or actual homelessness
The fund will be open for applications from 9.00am on Monday 7 June 2021 and will close at 1.00pm on Friday 23 July 2021.Apply Here
If you are unsure about any of the above, or have any other queries, then please contact the Innovation and Voice team