Strategic Grants – Housing First Programme


Please note: The deadline for submissions of expressions of interest for The Henry Smith Charity Housing First Programme has now passed. Please take a look at our other grant programmes which are accessible here.

If you submitted an expression of interest to The Henry Smith Charity Housing First Programme, shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a full application by the 15 November 2019.

If you would like to find out more about the principles of Housing First, the Homeless Link Housing First England website provides a wealth of information and resources aimed specifically at organisations looking to develop work in this area.

The Housing First Programme is a focused grants programme supporting small to medium sized organisations (between £100K and £5m annual income) to deliver Housing First services.

Housing First offers stable, affordable housing alongside ongoing, intensive person-centred support to enable people to keep their housing and avoid returning to homelessness. Services help people with significant multiple and enduring needs – those for whom other services have failed and homelessness is a long-term enduring issue.

We are accepting proposals from organisations currently delivering Housing First services to increase provision and enable services to become more sustainable and effective. We are also open to applications from organisations planning to deliver a Housing First service for the first time. Through these grants we want to help people experiencing multiple and complex needs to leave homelessness behind for good.

We will provide £1.4m of grants in total to organisations delivering Housing First services in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Full guidelines for the programme and the questions to answer in the expression of interest, can be found in the funding guidelines, also downloadable on the right hand side of this webpage. We have also provided a Housing First England document explaining the principles of Housing First. We would expect all applicants to be delivering (or planning to deliver) services in line with these principles.

Key grant details
Grant size: £200k – £400k
Length: Up to 4 years
Deadline for Expression of Interest: 4 November 2019
Qualifying criteria

Please only apply for this grant if you meet the following criteria:

Organisation size: £100k – £5m
Location of work: England, Wales and Northern Ireland only
Funding covers: Housing First services
Organisation type: Charities and not-for-profit organisations delivering, or planning to deliver, Housing First services