Apply for help

CRASH assists homelessness charities and hospices with their construction projects. We offer help in a practical way as well as providing cash grants. 

CRASH will prioritise applications that look for assistance as well as cash grants. We will match successful charities with appropriate individuals and businesses to help you deliver your scheme to get the best results and value for money.

CRASH offers support in three ways:

Professional expertise

CRASH will try and find you free of charge (pro bono) consultancy services to help you develop your project. This may include architects, engineers, quantity surveyors or specialists who can advise on the replacement or repair of existing building components such as damp-proofing, roofs or heating systems.

The earlier you involve us the more likely it is we are able to contribute. Please speak to our Senior Projects Coordinator before submitting an application to discuss what you are trying to achieve.

Building materials

CRASH helps find free-of-charge or discounted building materials or components from one of our Patron companies or Supporters.

Cash grants

CRASH awards grants although some applicants may only require free of charge professional expertise and/or materials.

Before you start your application: 

  • Check your project meets the criteria below before making an application.
  • Please note CRASH rarely supports construction projects which have already started on site.  
  • Phone CRASH in advance of making your application to discuss your project.

Application criteria 

Homelessness charities: 

  • CRASH can only accept applications that relate to your buildings.
  • Your organisation must be a registered UK charity with the Charity Commission in England, Wales or Northern Ireland or a registered Scottish Charity.
  • Your charity must have a legal interest in the building, unless your application relates to requesting professional advice regarding a building you wish to lease or buy.
  • Your charity needs to own the freehold for the building or hold the Lease. CRASH cannot consider applications for leases that have less than five years to run.
  • Your building is currently delivering, or will be used to deliver services to single homeless men and women over the age of 18.
  • Your building will be providing services for at least 4 days a week.

Please note that CRASH will give priority to applications that relate to delivering accommodation and day services.

Hospice charities: 

  • CRASH can only accept applications that relate to the buildings from which you deliver your services.
  • Your organisation must be a registered UK charity with the Charity Commission in England, Wales or Northern Ireland or a registered Scottish Charity.
  • Your charity must have a legal interest in the building, unless your application relates to requesting professional advice regarding a building you wish to lease or buy.
  • Your charity needs to own the freehold for the building or hold the Lease. CRASH cannot consider applications for leases that have ten years or less to run.
  • Your building will be used to deliver in-patient and or day services to people in need of end of life care (CRASH cannot consider applications for hospice charity shops).

How to apply 

Please phone CRASH in advance of making your application to discuss your project and the ways in which CRASH may be able to help. 

If your project is eligible for support, CRASH will arrange a visit to carry out a project assessment following receipt of your completed application form. This project visit is part of the application process.  

Following our visit to the project CRASH will contact you to advise you on if, and how, we propose to assist.

Find out about how CRASH has helped other charities.
 

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