Vicar’s Relief Fund

The VRF is a homelessness prevention fund. We offer a rapid response service by awarding small but essential grants to help alleviate housing difficulties for vulnerable people in their time of need. We aim to respond to all applications within five working days of them being submitted.

The Vicar’s Relief Fund helps homeless and vulnerably housed people through small-sum, rapid response grants to prevent eviction, access accommodation or set up home. The average size of grant is £250, with grant requests usually processed within 1-3 days. Grants are given to individuals across the UK through frontline workers.

We will provide grants for:

  • Preventing eviction – Rent arrears, service charge arrears, Debt Relief Orders and bankruptcy fees or money to pay for a hoarding clean up.
  • Accessing accommodation – Rent deposits, rent in advance, admin fees, ID, or temporary accommodation costs.
  • Setting up home – Household goods or moving costs.

Who can apply?
We only accept applications from frontline workers working to alleviate and prevent homelessness.  Most of our applications come from homeless charities, local authorities, charity-based housing associations, Citizen’s Advice, and other statutory organisations like the National Probation Service.

The maximum grant a frontline worker can apply for is:
£250 for household items
£90 for ID (this is a new grant category and is being piloted on a three-month basis)
£100 for admin fees
£350 for anything else
£350 is the maximum we will issue to any one client within a 12 month period.

How to make an application
Frontline workers and the organisation they represent must be registered with the Vicar’s Relief Fund to apply.  Volunteers cannot register.  To begin the registration process, click here.