£30 Million available to help people through crisis

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The Big Lottery Fund has launched a £30m scheme called Help through Crisis to improve the futures of people currently living in crisis or are at risk of crisis as a result of hardship. The initiative will focus on supporting people to overcome barriers to access the services they need. 

Organisations within England can apply for grants of between £300,000 and £500,000 to provide immediate support such as food parcels or a bed for the night. They will then work with people to address the underlying cause of their situation through advocacy and advice on issues such as family breakdown, health problems, homelessness or debt.

Projects must be partnership based, rooted in the community and will focus on supporting people who find it difficult to access support, perhaps because they are disabled, have a mental health issue or live in an isolated rural community.

Projects will help people navigate and access the services they need to help them improve their lives. They could include ideas such as advocacy and advice services, training for ‘community champions’, a service where GPs work with partner agencies, or specialist legal experts working with disabled people experiencing hardship.

Projects will need to have experience in providing hardship services so they can start helping people from day one. They are expected to be funded over five years and will need to show they are fully engaged with the people they are supporting and local partner organisations.

If you feel this is a good fit for your organisation then you don’t have long to apply. Short stage one applications need to be submitted by 26 August 2015, with the best invited to complete a second stage application by 11 November 2015. Applicants will be informed if they have been successful in March 2016.

For further information please visit the Big Lottery Fund website.

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