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Welcome to the VRF grant application portal

The VRF (Vicar’s Relief Fund) provides crisis grants to individuals at risk of, or currently experiencing, homelessness. Our grants are open to all 4 Nations of the UK and must be applied for via frontline workers. We consider up to £350 to prevent eviction, and up to £500 to help access accommodation.




During our closure period, acting on recent feedback from frontline workers and in attempt to streamline our processes, we have made some changes to our eligibility criteria and our approach to safeguarding for best practice and due diligence purposes.

Eligibility for new and existing accounts

Summary of the changes:

The most significant change is that we will only accept grant applications from frontline workers who in their role, provide direct support to people who may be experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness

You cannot register with us if you:

  • are a volunteer or in an unpaid role
  • are employed by an organisation that is not constituted
  • do not provide direct support to people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness
  • intend to apply for grant on behalf of friends or family

If the eligibility criteria are not met, we will be unable to accept your registration, or if you are already registered your account will be deactivated.

We actively encourage use of the VRF and place no limits on the number of applications each frontline worker or organisation can make. For learning purposes, we will however be in touch with you / your organisation if a significant amount of funding has been awarded over a three month period. 

Full details of the updated eligibility criteria are set out in our Grant Making PolicyPlease read the full details before applying for a grant, or before registering for an account with us.


We at St Martins in the Field Charity take our safeguarding responsibilities very seriously and during our closure period (March 2024), revisited and consulted on our approach to safeguarding. This is to ensure we fulfil our safeguarding duties, whilst also acknowledging and respecting your safeguarding roles and responsibilities in your work with people you are directly supporting.

Please note that as well as streamlining safeguarding questions in our forms, we will now also check in with all registered frontline workers / account holders when safeguarding training and policies are nearing renewal for updated information.

In addition, we have made some other minor tweaks to our application, New User Registration, and evidence forms.

Grant Applications - What’s New?

  • To keep our records and database as efficient as possible, we’ll delete any applications / New User Registration forms that are more than three months old and haven’t been submitted / resubmitted. Please make sure that you submit / resubmit any grant applications within three months if the funding is still needed.
  • Please look at our help page on our website, containing information, instructions and video guides to all stages of our application process, including how to complete forms, and what supporting evidence we require during and after the application.
  • Please make sure you are using the latest version of the consent form when submitting applications to avoid delays processing your application. The current version will be in the application form, or can be downloaded from the help page.

Registering and applying for a grant:

We do not accept applications from individuals directly. If you are a paid frontline worker, supporting people at risk of, or currently experiencing homelessness, you can apply to us on behalf of the individuals you are supporting.

Before you can submit a grant application on behalf of someone you are supporting, you need to apply for a user account with us, via our flexi-grant portal.

To begin this, scroll down and click on the ‘register’ button at the bottom of this page. After verifying your email address, you will then need to complete a New User Registration form. You will not be able to begin a grant application until this has been submitted, checked, and approved by our team. We aim to process the forms within 5 working days. 

If you have already set up your email address and password, click the ‘login’ button at the bottom of the page to access your account.

For more information relating to our grants and how to register or apply for a grant, please visit our help page.