Added on: 22nd October, 2019 by Christina_41410
Kent Community Foundation is delighted to announce that applications are open for local community housing projects and charities to apply for a share of the £500,000, Nationwide Building Society has made available, to communities across the south east.
Charities, community land trusts and housing co-operatives across Kent and Medway can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 for one or two years to make a change in their local area.
Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive, Kent Community Foundation said: “Finding safe, affordable and sustainable housing is a growing challenge for communities across Kent and Medway. That’s why Kent Community Foundation is proud to work with Nationwide Building Society to fund the grass-roots organisations tackling this issue and supporting those who need it most.”
Kent and Medway projects previously funded with a Nationwide grant;
Pipeline Youth Initiative received a grant of £26,500
Thanet has the highest rate of rough sleepers in Kent. The Pipeline Youth Initiative project provides year-round help to those at risk of homelessness, finds solutions before they are left with nowhere to live, helps rough sleepers and sofa surfers into accommodation and provides mentoring and education to ensure rehabilitation back into community life. Pipeline Youth Initiative helps the homeless to find suitable accommodation and is building a team of private landlords and partnering with the local council to give more opportunities to those in need of accommodation by changing attitudes and reducing the stigma towards the homeless who've previously been declined by private landlords.
Canterbury Housing Advice received a grant of £18,000
Canterbury Housing Advice works to prevent homelessness in an area with high housing need, growing levels of multiple deprivation and homelessness, significant landlord repossession claims, high rents, long social housing waiting lists and one of the highest levels of rough sleeping in Kent. The £18,000 grant is being used to pay half of the salary of a full-time caseworker who prevents individuals from becoming homeless by enabling them to maintain their accommodation and stop them from being evicted.
Folkestone Rainbow Centre received a grant of £34,830
The Rainbow Centre works with individuals and families in crisis in Shepway, helping those living in poverty and supporting a large homeless population. The Rainbow Advice Centre supports individuals who are sofa surfing, families that are vulnerably housed or at risk of eviction and rough sleepers. Some of their clients have been newly released from prison to street homelessness and by working with them, the temptation to reoffend is often reduced by the provision of a housing solution.
The application process closes on 22 November 2019 and successful applicants will be notified by the end of February 2020.
More information can be found at www.nationwide.co.uk/communityfunding in local Nationwide branches, by calling Kent Community Foundation on 01303 814500 or by visiting www.kentcf.org.uk/funding