Grants scheme launched to support Home Office placed asylum seekers in West Northants

The Home Office has a statutory duty to provide accommodation for those seeking asylum. In 2022 three locations within the area of West Northamptonshire Council were selected by the Home Office for this purpose. The Home Office has made funding available to the Council to provide some additional support for those seeking asylum. This is in addition to that provided by the Home Office, which is for immediate housing and welfare needs, provided under Home Office contract with approved private sector providers who manage the accommodation and any immediate welfare support.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available for Voluntary and Community Sector organisations who have identified projects, either new or existing, that will provide:

  • additional support projects and services to these asylum seekers.
  • projects and services that will productively and consensually occupy these asylum seekers whilst they are awaiting a decision from the Home Office.
  • projects and services that will reduce social isolation because of not being granted permission to work and being housed in rural areas.

Registered charities, voluntary or community groups, constitutionalised clubs, and not-for profit organisations can submit an expression of interest form to West Northants Council (WNC) outlining their project to be considered for the funding.

Find more information and view the full criteria for applications on the WNC website and in the Council’s Community Funding Grants Framework.

If you would like to speak to the Community Funding Grants Team about your project or your eligibility to apply for this grant then email: including your contact telephone number.

The deadline for application form submission is 31/10/2023.