Apply For Help

CRASH assists homelessness charities and hospices with construction related projects. At CRASH it is our policy to support charities with practical elements of their building projects in addition to providing cash grants. We believe this can hugely improve the experience of the construction process for the charities we help, and create better places for the people you care for to live and work.

We work collaboratively with all of our supported projects, to deliver assistance in three ways:

Professional expertise
CRASH can assist by sourcing free of charge consultancy to help you develop your project.  This can include a number of professions and areas of specialism within the industry – from architects, quantity surveyors and project managers to specialist engineers.

The earlier you involve us the more likely we are to be able to contribute. If there is a particular area where you need help you can approach us about that specific element.  Alternatively, if you want to run your vision by one of our Project Advisors they can help you to identify what you will need, and what you should prioritise to develop your project brief for other stakeholders such as architects, building contractors or funders.

Building materials
CRASH helps projects access free of charge or discounted building materials from our list of Patron companies and supporting suppliers.

Cash Grants
CRASH gives small cash grants, ranging from £5,000 – £50,000. 

It is important to us that we enhance any cash grant by also contributing in the ways described above.  We develop each project on a case by case basis, matching you with appropriate individuals and businesses to help you deliver your scheme, whilst understanding that certain projects will require financial support to enable their completion.  CRASH helps with all scales of project – from complete refurbishments, new builds and extensions, to minor alterations or decoration of existing facilities.    

 

APPLICATION CRITERIA

*Please check your project meets the criteria below before making an application

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 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 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

All charities applying to CRASH must complete the online application form

Please call CRASH in advance of making your application to discuss your project and the ways in which CRASH may be able to help.  Our experience shows the earlier CRASH is involved in the planning and construction process, the greater the impact of our 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 and supplementary information.  This project visit is part of the application process.  We aim to arrange project visits within 1-2 months of receiving your application. 

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