Grants to End Homelessness

Mercy Foundation’s

Relevent Country: Australia

Type of work: Research and Survey

The Mercy Foundation’s Grants to End Homelessness are available for seeding initiatives, services, projects, advocacy and research that will contribute to the goal of ending homelessness by supporting permanent housing, housing first and permanent supportive housing solutions.

Grants are available for seeding initiatives, services, projects, advocacy and research that will contribute to the goal of ending or preventing homelessness. The focus this year is ending or preventing women’s homelessness. The Mercy Foundation also prioritises projects that end chronic homelessness.

Chronic homelessness is defined as an episode of homelessness lasting 6 months or longer or multiple episodes of homelessness over a 12 month period or more. People who experience chronic homelessness are likely to have ‘complex needs’, which usually means that they have one or more of the following:

  • Developmental disability
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Serious physical health problems
  • History of abuse or trauma
  • Mental illness
  • Mental disorder
  • Psychiatric disability
  • Addictions.

Funding Information

  • Grants range from $5,000 to $50,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applications are accepted from not-for-profit community-based groups or organisations (not individuals) within Australia.The Mercy Foundation will only accept one application per organisation in any given year.
  • Organisations applying for funds must have a visible and accountable management structure that includes community representatives.
  • Organisations applying for funds must be not-for-profit and therefore exempt from income tax but are not required to have Deductible Gift Recipient status.
  • Applications are accepted for projects run wholly within Australia by organisations based in Australia.
  • Criteria for suitability of projects to apply for grants are derived from the aims and objectives of the Mercy Foundation and the criteria for the grants programs.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a capacity to implement the project.
  • Applicants must display competency in the field of the projects or have included appropriate capacity building in the project design.


The Mercy Foundation does not fund:

  • Individuals
  • The core operating costs of an existing organisation or project on-costs
  • Vehicles
  • General fundraising appeals
  • Food parcels, crisis or emergency responses to homelessness
  • Deficit funding
  • Projects that will rely on recurrent funding from the Mercy Foundation
  • Other grant-making foundations
  • Projects that do not meet the identified criteria and priority goals of the Mercy Foundation
  • Projects located overseas

The Grants to End Homelessness program attracts a high volume of applications. All applications are assessed in line with the grants criteria and prioritised. Unfortunately, due to funding constraints, they are unable to fund all applications that meet the criteria.