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Help Through Crisis

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Total available:
£30 million
Application deadline:
26/08/2015 12:00:00

What's it all about?

We will be funding projects that draw on the strengths and personal experiences of people facing hardship so that they can overcome immediate difficulties and be ready for opportunities and challenges ahead. We are looking for projects that provide tailored support, advice and advocacy to enable people to address difficulties and be in a better position to improve circumstances and plan for their future.

A significant number of people continue to experience poverty (13 million across the UK, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 2014). Over the last few years, one of the most worrying trends is the significant increase in people experiencing a situation where their basic needs such as food, shelter, fuel and basic health and/or social care are not being met.

We will invest up to £30 million to fund best practice, collaborative projects that will provide a range of services including hands-on advocacy and advice, to better enable people to deal with the problems they are experiencing.

Projects will be rooted in the community and focus on supporting people who have most difficulty accessing mainstream services, for example, disabled people, those with learning difficulties, people with mental health issues and those who live in rural locations.

What are we looking for?

Successful projects will take a person-centred approach and work in collaboration with other organisations to help people address their immediate situation as well as underlying causes.
Projects should:

  • Empower people by supporting them to have a stronger voice and better shape a response to their circumstances.
  • Ensure that people using their services are closely involved in the design, delivery and evaluation of services.
  • Build on good practice by sharing learning and evidence.
  • Pro-actively target those who have most difficulty in engaging with mainstream services.
  • Include a robust evaluation, as well as activities that support sustainability.

We want to fund projects that meet all four of the following outcomes:

  1. People who have experienced hardship crisis are better able to improve their circumstances.
  2. People who are at high risk of experiencing hardship crisis are better able to plan for the future.
  3. Organisations are better able to support people to effectively tackle hardship through sharing learning and evidence.
  4. Those experiencing (or who are at high risk of experiencing) hardship crisis, have a stronger, more collective voice to better shape a response to their issues.

We expect that most grants will be between £300,000 and £500,000. We are looking to fund five year projects to support robust learning and evaluation. We will work with the projects to help them and the wider voluntary sector benefit from the knowledge gained during the project. We will consider funding projects for three or four years if there is a strong reason for this.

What happens next?

Stage 1

The closing date for stage one applications was noon on Wednesday 26 August 2015.

Stage 2

Following assessment of the stage one applications at the end of September 2015, organisations were invited to submit a more detailed stage two application form.

The deadline for submitting stage two applications was noon on Friday 11 December 2015. We will not accept any applications after this date.

Stage two applications will be assessed between December 2015 and February 2016. Decisions will be made and announced in March 2016, with projects starting by the end of June 2016.

For more information, contact the Advice Team on 0345 4 10 20 30 (text relay 18001 plus 0345 4 10 20 30 for those with a hearing impairment) or email helpthroughcrisis@biglotteryfund.org.uk


Organisation Types

  • Voluntary or community organisation