ENGAGE Programme – Homeless Support & Voluntary Action
More vulnerable people are becoming homeless in Northern Ireland as an inevitable consequence of the spiralling cost of living, the lack of accessible mental health services and a shortage of affordable housing.
The effects of homelessness are devastating as frontline charities tell us of their struggle to deal with unprecedented levels of distress and tragedy. The ability of these small local organisations to support those experiencing homelessness is reliant on the valuable contribution of volunteers. It is suggested that for each paid member of staff in a small charity there are on average four volunteers.
LFT Charitable Trust is a Belfast based family foundation offering small grants and support. We build our knowledge by talking to and meeting with individuals and organisations working within our priority areas of health, education and the alleviation of suffering & distress.
Our priority is to fund partner organisations which make a lasting difference to people’s lives; focus on reducing isolation, inequality and stigma; and inspire and empower individuals to realise their potential and share in the life of the whole community.
Objective of the Engage Grantmaking Programme
The aim of this LFT Grant making Programme is to promote the involvement of committed, compassionate and capable volunteers in the provision of services directly to those experiencing homelessness.
Examples of projects that could be considered include:
- activities to increase the ability of homeless support organisations to recruit suitable volunteers
- initiatives to build the skills, capacity and resilience of volunteers working in this sector
- programmes to improve the volunteer experience and recognise the contribution made by volunteers.
Applications are welcomed from dynamic organisations with relevant experience supporting those experiencing homelessness and a proven track record in volunteer management.
To apply, applicants should set out their project proposal (no longer than three A4 pages) referencing the following:
- Background to the organisation and how volunteers are involved in its operation
- A description of the project; activities and timescale
- How the proposed project will directly impact on the ability of your organisation to meet the needs of those experiencing homelessness?
- How will the success of your project be measured? What targets have you set for this project?
- What is the project budget and how much funding are you applying for?
Applications for grants up to £3,000 are invited. Only expenditure incurred for the purposes of the project and that can be directly attributed to the expected outputs/outcomes will be eligible.
As with all funders, it is likely that demand will exceed available funds and so this will be a competitive process. Priority will be afforded to organisations that are heavily reliant on volunteers to deliver face to face services.
The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm Tuesday 18th April 2023.
Applications should be made by email to email@example.com
LFT welcomes applications from prospective Grant Partners who are registered charities, social enterprises and other not-for-profit organisations operating in Northern Ireland.
Financial commitments are envisaged from June 2023 with a requirement to commence project delivery within three months of receipt of a letter of offer. Projects must have a duration of less than 12 months.
Reporting & Evaluation
LFT welcome the opportunity to visit the project during the delivery period and will seek an impact report from funded projects on completion of the project.
Enquiries at any stage of the application process are welcomed by the Secretariat. Grantmaking decisions are made by LFT Board of Trustees.