LandAid awards over £640,000 in new grants

LandAid’s latest grants funding round saw over £640,000 of support offered to youth homelessness charities across the UK. This has enabled over 220 new bed spaces to be created, to support young people who have nowhere else to turn.

LandAid’s most recent grants panel has seen the approval of an incredible 12 grants, equating to over £640,000! 

The 12 approvals span across LandAid’s three grants programmes which support young people experiencing homelessness, throughout their journey. From emergency accommodation, to wrap around support, to gaining the skills and stability to live independently.

With over 220 bed spaces being created across the UK, through the 12 grants, this is taking LandAid one step closer to our 1,000 bed space target by the beginning of 2024.

  1. Safe spaces grants have been awarded to Concrete Rose, Gloucestershire Nightstop, and Sussex Night Stop
  2. Capital grants have been awarded to Canopy Housing, Community Campus 87, Hope in Action, One YMCA, and WomenCentre Homes
  3. Move on grants have been awarded to Boost Up, Greater Change, Moving on Durham, and Staying Put

See below for further information on the newly awarded projects:

1. Concrete Rose

This grant will fund part of the ‘Room to Spare’ initiative which is a new supported lodgings service in Cambridge which through a network of hosts provides nurturing, trauma informed support for young people (16-23), many of whom are care experienced. The funding from LandAid will be used to grow the supported lodgings initiative through the recruitment of an additional 15 new hosts across the county over a two year period.

Funds awarded: £57,568

Bedspaces: 15


2. Gloucestershire Nightstop

Gloucestershire Nightstop offers emergency accommodation to young people aged between 16-25. The funds from LandAid will increase the volunteer hosting capacity for both short term and longer term hosting stays. This will be achieved through the targeted recruitment and training of new volunteer hosts in order to create 30 new bedspaces for a minimum of 3 years with the aim of supporting 160 young people.

Funds awarded: £60,700

Bedspaces: 30


3. Sussex Nightstop

Sussex Nightstop is a unique service that offers volunteer host emergency home-stays to young people 16-25 years experiencing homelessness and at risk of rough-sleeping. LandAid funding will enable them to capitalise on, sustain and develop, the recruitment work and specifically create 12 bedspaces by December 2024. This increased capacity will mean they can offer 600 additional safe nights to 40 young people over a three year period with an average stay of 15 nights each.

Funds awarded: £32,633

Bedspaces: 12


4. Canopy Housing

Canopy Housing has an ongoing property development programme that preserves and retrofits neglected housing stock, bringing additional homes into the social domain. This new project will provide six additional self-contained properties (and 12 bedspaces) ringfenced for young people facing homelessness within the Leeds area.

Funds awarded: £100,000

Bedspaces: 5.5


5. Community Campus 87

LandAid funding will be used to renovate two currently empty properties that Community Campus 87 own in the Tees Valley. Once renovated, these will be available as supported accommodation for four young people with support being provided and delivered by their dedicated team.

Funds awarded: £40,000

Bedspaces: 4


6. Hope Into Action

LandAid funding will support in refurbishing 13 outdated homes and bring them up to a high standard across the Black Country, Norwich, Nottingham and Peterborough. Renovations involve redecoration, upgrading of energy efficiencies, roof repairs, new fire doors and frames, new boilers, upgrades for wheelchair accessibility, new kitchen appliances and bathroom fittings. This project will create a total of 30 bedspaces and 15 specifically through LandAid funding.

Funds awarded: £39,000

Bedspaces: 15


7. One YMCA

One YMCA deliver a range of programmes and services that tackle the issues facing young people across Hertfordshire, to ensure that there are opportunities through work, apprenticeships, work experience and childcare support. In May 2022 LandAid awarded One YMCA a grant of £108,900 for two HMO’s, each for under 18’s. Having successfully converted one HMO in Luton, utilising 50% of the grant, they now have the opportunity to convert a larger property that would accommodate six young people. This funding will cover an additional two rooms.

Funds awarded: £27,226

Bedspaces: 2


8. WomenCentre Homes

WomenCentre Homes strives to provide safe homes for women and their children in Calderdale, West Yorkshire. LandAid funding will support them, alongside their partners, Halifax Opportunities Trust, to jointly purchase three additional high quality, dispersed single family homes, for young women (aged 16-25) and their children in the Halifax area.

Funds awarded: £75,000

Bedspaces: 10


9. Boost Up

LandAid funding will support in accommodating a minimum of 15 young people experiencing homelessness between the ages of 18-24-years in the London area. As well as supporting young people to source and find accommodation, Boost Up will also be able to provide the support needed to get them into employment and obtain longer term financial independence.

Funds awarded: £39,602

Bedspaces: 10


10. Greater Change

LandAid funding will create 61 bedspaces through the provision of flexible funding to support young people at risk of homelessness. Funding will support young people to overcome initial financial barriers to exit the homeless pathway, and enable them to take a step towards independence.

Funds awarded: £75,000

Bedspaces: 62


11. Moving On Durham

LandAid funding will create 40 new bedspaces in the private rented sector. This will enable young people to move out of their supported housing into permanent accommodation with either little or no support, alongside providing tenants with the opportunity to ‘stay put’ when their support ends, instead of having to find alternative accommodation.

Funds awarded: £68,080

Bedspaces: 40


12. Staying Put

Staying Put manage four refugees along with 12 other properties, holding 118 bedspaces in total. They are a specialist domestic abuse support service providing a range of information, advice and support to individuals and families escaping domestic abuse in and around the Bradford area. This LandAid grant will enable them to support young women between the ages of 18-25, moving from their refuge, into move on accommodation over a two-year period.

Funds awarded: £27,000

Bedspaces: 18

Find out more

LandAid grants giving is structured across three programmes. Through incredible support from the property and built environment industry, we offer grants to youth homelessness charities around the UK.

Read about grant giving at LandAid here