The focus of the Deutsche Bank Opportunity Fund is to help society’s most disadvantaged, and communities on the ground, supporting Deutsche Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility mission of enabling communities and economies to prosper.
This year, Deutsche Bank has decided to shift the focus of the fund to increase its impact on one specific issue – homelessness. A report released by Shelter in November 2018 showed that the rate of homelessness in Birmingham is 1 in 66 (Shelter) and there had also been an increase in the number of rough sleepers.
This Fund will offer grants to grassroots organisations working within Birmingham.
Shelter a national homelessness charity defines homelessness in the following way:
The definition of homelessness means not having a home. You don’t have to be living on the street to be homeless – even if you have a roof over your head you can still be without a home. This may be because you don’t have any rights to stay where you live or your home is unsuitable for you.
What situations mean you are homeless? You may be defined as homeless if you are:
- Sleeping on the streets
- Staying with friends or family
- Staying in a hostel or bed and breakfast hotel
- Living in overcrowded conditions
- At risk of violence in your home
- Living in poor conditions that affect your health
- Living in a house that is not suitable for you because you are sick or disabled
This fund will address homelessness in all of its forms including street homeless, those living in temporary accommodation and sofa surfing.
Before applying to this fund, please read the Fund Factsheet.
Application Deadline: Wednesday 14th October – 12 noon