It’s hard to not have a home to call your own, a warm place to lay your head at night. Yet in January 2015, 564,708 people were homeless on a given night in the United States. Of that number, 206,286 were people in families according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness.
Organizations around the country are dedicated to helping the homeless. They are providing temporary shelter, opportunities for affordable housing, access to basic needs like showers and food, and services designed to address the underlying problems resulting in homelessness. Grants can help these organizations fund these important services. Below we have listed a few grants available to those that help the homeless.
This foundation has a hunger and homeless grants program that targets hunger relief programs or temporary housing/shelter for homeless people. Agencies that serve the hungry or homeless as their primary function are eligible to apply. The maximum grant award is $10,000. This foundation has several due dates through the year. The closest upcoming due date is July 1. Applications are also accepted by Sept. 1, Nov. 1, Jan. 1, March 1, and May 1. This foundation also occasionally implements Requests for Proposals for uniquely or timely issues affecting the hungry or homeless. Such opportunities will be posted on the foundation’s website at least two months prior to the deadline.
Assisting Those Most in Need is the motto of the Bank of America’s Foundation. They have donated nearly $22 million to over 1,000 non-profits to address basic human needs such as hunger and homelessness. The foundation only serves areas where the bank has a presence but that includes a large number of cities in the United States. See a complete list on the website. Applications are accepted at any time.
In 2012, the foundation expanded its property donation program, and to date has donated more than 3,000 properties to more than 300 non-profit organizations, landbanks, and municipalities in 47 states. The foundation has established formal partnerships with several communities to develop strategies that will help provide housing solutions for families in need. These programs are designed to help communities impacted by foreclosure and property abandonment. The main concept is repurposing unused properties to benefit entire communities.
Grants to End Homelessness are available for services, initiatives, projects, or research that will help lead to the end of homelessness. Projects that assist chronic homelessness, especially among women, receive priority. Priority grants are eligible for a maximum of $50,000, with other grants averaging between $20,000 and $30,000. Chronic homelessness is defined as an episode of homelessness lasting 6 months or longer, or multiple episodes of homelessness over a 12-month period or longer. Eligible applicants are legal entities, such as associations or companies. Deadlines for 2016 have not been announced. Check back on the website for updates.
When you are ready to move forward on one of these grants, or if you are looking to fund something else, consider TheGrantHelpers.com. Contact TheGrantHelpers.com to see how we can find the grant you need and work with you to create an application that attracts those funds.
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