Main Beneficiaries


Organisations working in Stoke on Trent

Organisations working with the homeless

Organisations working within one of the three following priority areas;

  1. To increase economic wellbeing
  2. To improve the supply of low income housing
  3. To prevent homelessness

About the fund

The aim of the Transformation & Growth Fund is to help voluntary and community organisations serving those at risk of homelessness, to increase their capacity to support people:

“address local housing and homelessness issues by providing grassroots organisations with development grants to build sustainability, develop ideas and deploy innovative solutions; and increase these organisations’ capacity and resilience so they are more sustainable with greater capacity to support people in vulnerable housing situations.”

The grants can provide direct funding for those eligible charities that are delivering clear outcomes as a result of their work.

Available funding should be focused on organisational development rather than frontline service delivery.


Achieving the aim

Your proposed activity or project needs to show how it will enable significant change to occur in the capacity of your voluntary or community organisation. This change must result in demonstrated benefits being delivered by your organisation (directly or indirectly) to the individuals or communities you support.

The grants will not provide funding for direct delivery of services, nor core funding except where it covers a relevant member of staff’s time to engage in these organisational development activities.


Available Funding

  • Grants are available between £10,000 and £25,000.
  • Successful applicants may spend the funding over a maximum of 2 years



  • Registered Charities
  • Charitable Incorporated Organisations
  • Community Interest Companies
  • Companies Limited by Guarantee
  • Organisations who have an annual income of less than £300,000 per annum
  • Local branches of national organisations are eligible to apply
  • Organisations should have at least one paid member of staff
  • Partnership applications will be welcomed


What Can Be Funded

  • Consultants
  • Research
  • Service delivery if it frees up senior manager time for strategic planning
  • Education, training or coaching
  • Convening and building networks
  • Peer exchange
  • This list is not exhaustive


What Cannot Be Funded

  • Organisations not working in Stoke on Trent
  • Organisations with significant financial reserves
  • Retrospective costs
  • Activities which promote religion
  • Political activities


The Process

Organisations should first submit a short Expression of Interest using the link below.  If you are successful at this stage we will contact you to invite you to attend an application workshop.  Those that attend an application workshop will be invited to complete a full application.



  • 25th June 2018 – Fund opens for Expressions of Interest
  • 3rd August 2018 – Fund closes for Expressions of Interest
  • 24th August 2018 – Applicants notified of outcome
  • 27th August 2018 – Full application stage opens
  • Throughout September & October 2018 – Application workshops
  • 19th October 2018 – Full application stage closes
  • November 2018 – Application assessments will take place
  • 10th December – Applicants notified of outcome
  • January 2019 – Successful applicants will attend self-evaluation workshops


How To Apply

Before applying please make sure you read the full criteria.  Applications that do not clearly meet the aims of this programme will not be considered.