Ending Women's Homelessness

Homeless Link has been awarded £2 million by DCMS to deliver onward grants to charities working with women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in England. The programme has now closed for submissions.

What we will fund

Grants will fund work that increases gender-informed services and cross-sector working, transforming the support of women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Projects will deliver one or more of these outcomes:  

  • Increase in number of services offering gender-informed support
  • Increased engagement from services with women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • Reduction in women sleeping rough
  • Increase in number of staff skilled to support women
  • Increase in number of staff skilled to work with people facing multiple disadvantage
  • Increase in services working with Local Authorities as part of homelessness and rough sleeping strategies.

Applications were open to both homelessness and women’s charities. We hope to see cross-sector collaborations that make best use of expertise to benefit women accessing services, and the involvement of women with lived experience in project design and/or delivery.

Projects might, for example:

  • Increase capacity for women-only provision
  • Create women-only spaces and specialist support in mixed services
  • Develop partnerships between the women’s and homelessness sectors
  • Increase opportunities for the co-location of services
  • Identify prevention opportunities with women who are hidden homeless
  • Up-skill homelessness staff to work with issues such as domestic abuse
  • Up-skill women’s sector staff to work with people facing multiple disadvantage
  • Enable homelessness and women’s sectors to contribute to the implementation of Local Authority strategies
  • Improve pathways into services to reduce the number of women sleeping rough
  • Pilot or embed targeted interventions for under-represented groups of women such as BAME, youth, LGBTQI+, women with offending histories, and women with no recourse to public funds (NRPF).

This is not a definitive list – projects should be responsive to their local context and to the needs of women who will be accessing funded services.

Key dates - the fund is now closed 

The deadline for first stage Expressions of Interest (EOI) was 5pm on 31 July. Only applicants successful at EOI stage will be given access to the full online application form.

Second stage deadlines: large grants 22 August, small grants 17 September. 

Grants will be awarded Oct-Nov 2019 for project delivery to start between Oct-Dec 2019. Grant-funded activity can continue until March 2021.

Available grants

There are two strands, with awards totaling £1.85m:

  • Large grants of up to £100,000 – open to all charities
  • Small grants of up to £30,000 – open to charities with turnover of less than £2 million

We expect to make around 15 large and 10 small grants.

Grants Panel

Final decisions on grant awards will be made by a cross-sector, all-women Grants Panel. Panel members are: 

Amanda Dubarry, CEO, Caritas Anchor House and Homeless Link board member (Chair of the panel)

Gudrun Burnet, Group Lead on Domestic Abuse, Peabody

Selina Hanley, Woman with Lived Experience

Polly Neate, CEO, Shelter

Nicki Norman, Director of Operations, Women’s Aid

Tabitha O’Brien Butcher, Partnership Manager, Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM)

Jemima Olchawski, CEO, Agenda                   

Laura Seebohm, Executive Director, Changing Lives

Anne Taylor, Woman with Lived Experience


Further information

If you have an enquiry that is not covered in this application guidance, you can send your enquiry to fund@homelesslink.org.uk. Please use 'Ending Women’s Homelessness Fund Enquiry' as your email subject and provide your organisation and contact name.

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Lisa Raftery

Lisa Raftery

Grants Manager

Lisa is managing the Ending Women’s Homelessness and Housing First grant programmes. 

Telephone: 020 7840 4416
Email: lisa.raftery@homelesslink.org.uk