Funding: Crisis – Changing Lives Programme

Application Deadline:
24 May 2012


A programme to empower homeless people to change their own lives through providing funding which can push them ahead in achieving their vocational and career objectives in the UK.


Maximum Value:
£ 2,500

Value Notes

Funding is available up to a maximum of £2,500 for the Education Grant, Self-employment Grant and Into Employment Grant.

Extended Description

The Crisis Changing Lives provides financial awards to help people who have been through a homeless situation in the past five years move towards financial independence. Grants are available to individuals to help them fund costs related to getting back into work, starting up in business or taking part in an accredited training or academic course.

Grants can only be applied for by the individuals Crisis UK Coach or Progression Coordinator.

Crisis is the national charity for single homeless people. Its aim is to fight homelessness and empower people to fulfil their potential and transform their lives.

There are two separate kinds of awards:

  • Education – for individuals applying for training courses, educational qualifications or equipment for courses.
  • Self-employment – for individuals applying to set up or maintain a small business and who need business tools, equipment and materials.

There are also limited Into Employment awards available for people who are actively looking to work in a trade where they have previous experience in.

Latest Information

Applications are due by 24 May 2012

Key Criteria

Applicants must be aged 18 or over and have:

  • Experienced homelessness in the last five years.
  • The right to remain and work in the UK.
  • Been free from substance or alcohol misuse for at least six months.
  • Been working with a support worker for the past six months.

Second grants are available to anyone who received their first grant between one and three years ago. Applicants must be progressing well towards their identified goal and:

  • Be over 18.
  • Have been clean and dry for at least six months.
  • Have been living in secure accommodation for at least six months.
  • Be supported by a support worker who has been working with the applicant for at least three months.
  • Have returned all feedback forms from their first grant.

All grant applications must be submitted by the individual's Crisis UK Coach or Progression Coordinator.

Eligible Expenditure

The following grants are available:

Education Grant

This grant is for those applying for training courses, educational qualifications or equipment for courses.

The Self-employment Grant

For those applying to set up or maintain a small business and who need business tools, equipment and materials.

Into Employment Grant

Applicants can apply for this grant only if actively looking for paid work in a trade they already have some experience in and need funding for tools, equipment or materials in order to get the job.

Second Grants

There are two types of Second Grants:

  • Education Grant

    These are for any first grant recipient who is looking to continue or start an accredited course which is related to their original vocational/career goal.

  • Self-employment Grant

    For a first grant recipient who is now looking to set up in self-employment in an area that is related to their original career goals. If applicants have not completed a small business course as part of their first grant, they must do so before applying.

Crisis Change Living Grants can usually be used for the following:

  • Course fees for accredited courses below degree level.
  • Equipment or tools needed to complete any accredited course (including degree level and above), such as books, specific tools, stationery, specialist clothing and electrical equipment.
  • HGV training and licences, SIA training and licences, websites for businesses, business start-up equipment and tools.
  • Equipment or tools needed to set up as self-employed.
  • Tools for experienced tradesmen and tradeswomen who are actively looking to return to work.
  • Practical costs to start a small business and become self employed.

Match Funding Restrictions

Match funding is not a specified requirement, although awards may not be for the full amount requested.


Crisis will not fund the following:

General items

  • Most second hand goods.
  • Travel or transport allowances or costs.
  • Rent or upkeep.
  • Food or drink.
  • Utility costs (including phone, gas, electricity, internet costs etc).
  • Repayment of debts (including any items or courses that the applicant is applying for funding for to Changing Lives that have already been paid for).
  • Research.
  • Courses outside the UK.
  • Course fees that can be obtained for free.
  • Non-work related clothing.
  • Publishing cost for articles, books, reports etc.
  • Subscriptions to journals.
  • Undergraduate courses fees (eg BA, BSc).
  • Postgraduate course fees (eg MA, PhD).
  • Fees not associated with training, education or employment.
  • Courses that do not offer a recognised or accredited qualification, or are not offered by bona fide course providers.
  • Items deemed legally unacceptable.
  • Furniture and household equipment.
  • Replacement of official documents.

Specific items

  • Non-specialist driving licences.
  • Aeroplane tickets or travel vouchers.

Application Procedure

In order for an application to be assessed applicants must include the following information:

  • An Application Form.
  • Organisation and Support Worker Information.
  • Two Quotations for all items applied for.
  • Evidence of homelessness within the past five years.
  • Evidence of being free from substance abuse for at least six months.
  • Non EU/UK Citizens – a photocopy of Home Office documents showing permission for indefinite leave remain to remain and work in the UK.
  • From Education Applicants: a copy of the course prospectus, contact details for the course tutor and a letter confirming eligibility to attend/enrolment on the course.
  • From Self-employment Applicants: evidence the applicant has attended a Small Business training course must be provided, along with completed business plans and cash flow.

Contact the Changing Lives Team at Crisis for further information.

Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this funding opportunity locally, please contact the following:

Contact details:
Changing Lives Team Crisis
66 Commercial Street
E1 6LT
0300 636 1967