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Vicar’s Relief Fund

Vicar’s Relief Fund

The Vicar’s Relief Fund helps homeless and vulnerably housed people through small-sum, rapid response grants to prevent eviction or access accommodation. The average size of grant is £270, with grant requests usually processed within 1-3 days. Grants are given to individuals across the UK through frontline workers.   

We provide grants for:

- Accessing accommodation – Rent deposits, rent in advance, admin fees, ID (where it will help access accommodation), rent arrears/DRO/Bankruptcy (when it will help someone access a social tenancy) or emergency accommodation costs while someone is waiting to access a tenancy.

- Preventing eviction – Rent arrears, service charge arrears, Debt Relief Orders and bankruptcy fees or money to pay for a hoarding clean up.


Who can apply?

We only accept applications from paid frontline workers providing support to people who are experiencing homelessness or vulnerable housing.

A frontline worker includes staff working in the voluntary, statutory and public sectors undertaking diverse roles including resettlement or outreach workers, supported housing Officers, mental health teams, drug and alcohol support, GP’s, probation, social workers, prison in-reach workers, police, Nurses, other health professionals.

What do we fund?

The Vicar's Relief Fund (VRF) provides small crisis grants of up to £350 to support people who are at risk of, or currently experiencing homelessness or vulnerable housing. Types of applications include funding to secure accommodation and to clear rent arrears following an eviction notice.

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How to apply

All applicants need to individually register as a user of our Flexi-Grant online system with a valid work email address before making an application. Registrations from members of the public are not accepted.

Click here to register as a user. 

If you are already a registered user, log in to our Flexi-Grant system here. 

The VRF is normally open for applications from 9am Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and we close when we reach our daily application limit. We are closed to new applications every Wednesday. 



We are a small team, so before contacting us, read our FAQ.

If you have a question not answered by our FAQ, you should email us in the first instance at vrf@stmartinscharity.org.uk

Our number for voicemail only is 020 7766 5553 

The Vicar's Relief Fund
5 St Martin's Place
St Martin-in-the-Fields
Trafalgar Square

Please note we do not accept written applications - we only accept online applications.