Housing and Homelessness Innovation & Voice Fund


Aim:

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:

  • Constituted voluntary or community organisations who are non-statutory
  • Organisations with an annual income in the past financial year not exceeding £1million

Criteria:

Projects must demonstrate the following:

  • Clear identification of an issue or set of issues, with evidence of how they contribute to housing deprivation and/or homelessness. Issues can be those manifesting at a local level within a particular geography or community of interest, or relate to Northern Ireland as a whole but they should be oriented towards the structural causes of housing issues and homelessness such as poverty, inadequacy of housing and public services or the lack of voice for people affected in policy and decision-making.
  • Explanation of existing approaches and why they are not working sufficiently i.e. the need for innovation
  • The voices and participation of those with lived experience of housing and homelessness have been central in the development of the project and will continue to be so throughout project delivery
  • The proposed approach seeks to influence governmental decision making, policy and/or public services – this can be either through advocacy/participation work or through demonstrating a new approach to service delivery

Fund Priorities:

The fund will prioritise the following:

  • 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 not support:

  • Ongoing delivery of existing services or approaches
  • Trips outside Northern Ireland, and holidays away
  • Funding for retrospective project costs
  • Organisations whose purposes or activities include advancement of religion
  • The establishment of endowment of any school or institution providing further education within the meaning of the education and libraries (Northern Ireland) order 1972
  • The provision of assistance to any Housing Association within the meaning of the housing (Northern Ireland) order 1976 – *Note: Housing Associations will be eligible for some funds; providing they meet all other eligibility requirements, and if they apply as part of a partnership project, and are not named as the applicant organisation
  • Organisations which adopt a partisan political stance or activities which are party political. We will not support organisations that advocate the use of violence to campaign or influence public opinion
  • Promotion of religious or political activity, including any flags and emblems that may deem to be associated with such
  • General appeals, individual and group sponsorship, marketing appeals, proposals for bursaries from individuals or proposals from individuals for the funding of study or attainment of qualifications
  • The provision of services that are the primary and legal responsibility of the state
  • Input VAT reclaimable from HMRC
  • Payments reimbursed or to be reimbursed by other public or private sector funding
  • Contributions in kind (i.e. a contribution in goods or services, as opposed to money)
  • Depreciation, amortisation or impairment of fixed Assets owned by the group
  • Interest payments (including service charge payments for finance leases)
  • Gifts to individuals other than promotional items with a value of no more than £25 a year to any one individual
  • Entertaining (entertaining for this purpose means anything that would be a taxable benefit to the person being entertained, according to current UK tax regulations)
  • Statutory fines, criminal fines or penalties
  • Liabilities incurred before the issue of  an award unless
  • Use in respect of costs reimbursed or to be reimbursed by funding from any other source
  • Use to purchase buildings or land; and/or to top up reserves of your group

In addition the Community Foundation will not fund:

  • Organisations or activities which promote causes that are contrary to our purposes.  Causes and activities that are contrary to our purposes include, but may not be limited to, those outlined in our investment policy.  We will not therefore fund organisations or activities which we determine are linked to the promotion of armaments, alcohol, human rights abuses, tobacco or pornography

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 gmccaughley@communityfoundationni.org or Paul Braithwaite pbraithwaite@communityfoundationni.org

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.

  • A copy of your governing document, e.g. constitution – this must be signed and dated in the name of the applicant organisation unless governed through an umbrella organisation.
  • A copy of your most recent accounts.

Closing Date: Jul 23, 2021 13:00

Jul 23, 2021 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Grants in the range £15,000 to £25,000

  • Priorities:

  • 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

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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.

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Who to speak to

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Innovation and Voice team

If you are unsure about any of the above, or have any other queries, then please contact the Innovation and Voice team

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Innovation and Voice team

If you are unsure about any of the above, or have any other queries, then please contact the Innovation and Voice team

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