The Vicar’s Relief Fund (VRF)
Preventing and alleviating homelessness throughout the UK
Welcome to the VRF's grant application website
For information about us and our grant programme, read our Frequently Asked Questions (VRF ONLY)
For information regarding the VRF Emergency Fund, please see our website here.
Please note the VRF and VRF Emergency Fund will be closed to applications on Friday 10th and Monday 13th April due to the Easter Bank Holiday. Applications will also be closed during this time, although you will be able to start a new form or edit an existing one.
In order for us to concentrate on the VRF Emergency Fund, the VRF will be suspended from 12pm on 24th April until further notice. All unsubmitted applications will be deleted after this date.
However, you will still be able to apply for the same grant categories (Accessing Accommodation and Preventing Eviction) under Securing Accommodation in the VRF Emergency Fund. Please see below details of the VRF Emergency Fund.
COVID-19 Update (8th April) - Launch of the VRF Emergency Fund (VRFEF)
Our priority is supporting people experiencing homelessness. In response to COVID-19 we have developed an emergency fund that is designed to offer flexibility in what you apply for as the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds. The fund is informed by feedback from over 900 frontline workers who responded to our Emergency Fund Survey in the first few weeks of the crisis.
To ensure that we continue to adapt as the needs of people experiencing homelesness change over the course of the COVID-19 crisis, we are keeping our survey open and would encourage you to complete it as you see needs shift. We will in turn do our best to ensure that the fund remains useful throughout this time.
Applications for this fund will operate Mondays - Fridays (excluding Bank Holidays) between 9am and 5pm.
Applications are divided into morning (before 1pm) and afternoon (after 1pm) submissions. All applications that have been received on any given morning, will be reviewed that afternoon. All afternoon applications will be reviewed on the following working day morning. Applications will be reviewed on their individual merit in accordance with the eligibility criteria set out above. We endeavour to email frontline workers with our decision within one working day of receipt of the application. Where an application is successful, BACS payment will be made within one working day of submitting the application.
We will be closed for the Easter weekend, so any applications submitted on Wednesday afternoon will be paid on Tuesday and any applications submitted Thursday afternoon will be assessed on Tuesday morning.
More information about the grant categories and what you can apply for can be found here.
The VRF will continue to remain operational, but please check back for regular updates.
Update regarding VRF consent forms due to COVID-19 measures (VRF ONLY)
Due to current measures around social distancing and self-isolation, we recognise that it may not be possible to get written consent in order to apply for our VRF grants. We have updated our consent form so that if it’s not possible to obtain written consent, then verbal consent can be obtained instead. This will require the frontline worker applying on their client’s behalf to sign and date the form to indicate verbal consent has been obtained. This form can be found on our Flexi-Grant application portal and also here. Please email email@example.com if you have any questions regarding this.
VRF application submissions opening times (until 24th April):
Monday: 9am - 12pm
Wednesday: 9am - 12pm
Friday: 9am - 12pm
Sundays and bank holidays: Closed
Please note: We will be closed for the Easter holiday on Easter Friday and Bank Holiday Monday.
You are still able to start and edit an application whilst we are closed.
Frequently asked questions
In the mean time, you can download our data protection consent form here.
Registration and Login:
To register for the first time to use our system, click on the 'Register' button below.
Otherwise, click the 'Login' button below.