Preventing and alleviating destitution throughout Scotland and the UK.
The Emergency Relief Fund provides small crisis grants to support people from refugee and migrant communities at risk of, or currently, experiencing destitution or who are vulnerably housed. The Fund helps to sustain people and/or their tenancies until such time that they can resolve a crisis related to their legal status in this country and rebuild their lives. Types of applications include funding for travel to legal appointments, payments to destitute asylum seekers where there are children affected by destitution, the elderly and sick, payments to sustain refugee hosting arrangements, and to clear or reduce rent arrears following an eviction notice.
Emergency Relief Fund – Making an Application
Applications are only accepted from professional support workers from refugee and migrant organisations, homelessness organisations, the British Red Cross and CAB advisors on behalf of their service users.
As a crisis fund, Positive Action in Housing expect applications to be a last resort. We want to avoid situations where we make a grant but the money is not used immediately. Where support workers have been able to demonstrate that they have received or been promised funds from other sources, we have usually been sympathetic to requests to make a grant as part of a package.
Applications to the Emergency Relief Fund are managed through our online hosting and grants referral system REFER.
Emergency Relief Fund – How to apply
All applicants need to individually register as a user of our REFER online system with a valid work email address before making an application.
Registrations from members of the public are not accepted.
If you are already a registered user, log in here and make your referral.
If you are not registered then apply here for an account first. If accepted, we will then send you your username and login.
Emergency Relief Fund – Deadline for Referrals
Currently, the deadline for grants is the 25th of each calendar month. Decisions will be notified within a day or so of the deadline. The exception is the month of December, in which case see below.
***Emergency Relief Fund – Winter Crisis Grants***
The deadline to apply for winter crisis grants is 6 pm on Friday December 14th 2018.
Once you receive your account details, usually within a few hours, add your client/s details and upload relevant documentation.
once your client is on the REFER system, make a referral for hosting, crisis grants or both.
thereafter you can apply for grants (monthly) or hosting for your client/s to ensure they are not left destitute, and so long as you demonstrate a clear forward plan.
remember: this is a precious under funded resource designed as a practical resource for destitution caseworkers. Hosting is an emergency last resort for the most vulnerable. please refer only those who have run out of options and need support to resolve their crisis and rebuild their lives.