Published date: 3 August 2021

Last edited date: 27 August 2021

Closed opportunity - This means that the contract is currently closed. The buying department may be considering suppliers that have already applied, or no suitable offers were made.

Closing: 6 September 2021, 10am

Contract summary


  • Provision of services to the community - 75200000

  • Civic betterment and community facility support services - 98133100

  • Miscellaneous services - 98300000

Location of contract

United Kingdom

Value of contract

£10,000 to £1,000,000

Procurement reference


Published date

3 August 2021

Closing date

6 September 2021

Closing time


Contract start date

1 October 2021

Contract end date

31 March 2022

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Other: This is a competition for grant funding.

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The Secretary of State for the Home Department (the "Authority"), acting through the Resettlement, Asylum Support & Integration Directorate, intends to make an amount of up to £1,000,000 of grant funding available to Local Authorities, Strategic Migration Partnerships and sector civil society organisations in the United Kingdom to help improve the mental health and wellbeing of vulnerable adult asylum seekers, before they receive their substantive decision, and as they progress through the asylum journey.
This funding will be granted during 2021-22 financial year and all allocations must be spent by 31 March 2022.
The Funding is to be awarded through a fair, open and transparent competition by means of a Call for Proposals and will be to support bidders' projects that will put in place short term support for vulnerable adult asylum seekers and identify longer term opportunities for additional mental health and wellbeing support.
The minimum award will be £10,000 and the maximum award will be up to £1 million.
The purpose of the funding is to protect vulnerable people and communities, facilitating access to assistance which understands their specific needs and is best placed to support them. This is aligned to the first aim of the New Plan for Immigration to increase the fairness and efficacy of our system so that we can better protect and support those in need of genuine asylum.
The funding will provide the opportunity to deliver on 3 specific aims which align with the Home Office goals to protect vulnerable people and communities:
• to deliver assistance to support improved trauma-informed and culturally competent understanding of the needs of vulnerable adult asylum seekers;
• to deliver direct assistance for those experiencing distress; and
• to evaluate the current opportunities for delivering assistance to vulnerable adult asylum seekers.
The projects will aim to improve frontline officer awareness and understanding of the mental health and wellbeing needs of adult asylum seekers and support an improved understanding of their needs within mainstream services.
Given the 6 month time frame, we will look for bids and accompanying project plans that demonstrate a readiness and capacity to deliver proposals from day 1 (1 October) to maximise impact of grant funding throughout the allocated period.
Proposals should have scope to be reproduced at a larger (regional/national) scale as the evidence produced from these pilots may provide the basis for future upscaled project proposals.
The process leading to the award of the grant will be administered using the Home Office e-Sourcing portal. To take part in this grant funding opportunity please see the attachment below which provides important instructions for registration on the portal. Please read all information in this notice carefully.

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