The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is pleased to announce that the Universal Credit Transition Fund Grant application process is now open.
The fund will enable external partners to help people who most need extra support to move closer to or into work, including supporting them to make a claim to Universal Credit (UC) where they are not already in receipt. We are looking for local charities, community groups and other organisations of any size which are well placed to identify and help vulnerable people struggling to access and engage with support, particularly when moving between other arms of state provision and the welfare system.
While extensive support for those claiming UC and moving towards employment exists for some groups, there is less provision targeted specifically at employment focussed support for other groups such as care leavers, prison leavers, refugees, homeless people and those with substance dependencies.
We therefore intend to target the fund on these groups and any other vulnerable people where partner organisations identify a need for this type of support.
We are looking to work with creative and innovative partners across England, Wales and Scotland who are well placed to identify and help vulnerable people who are struggling to engage with support.
We will consider and welcome bids from all suitable organisations including those with existing innovative ideas that could be scaled up.
The grant funding will be available during the 2020/2021 financial year up to 31 March 2021.
Further information available here.