We’ve come a long way since our launch in 2007 and we currently protect over 1.5 million deposits.
With this success, we feel it’s important to give something back to the communities in which we work, particularly the housing sector. This is why we launched The DPS Charity Donations Fund in 2014; to help support charities that do amazing work for a range of housing-related issues. You can read about how each beneficiary of the Fund has used their donations on our News page.
How the Fund works
Every quarter we donate up to £20,000 to charities working in the housing sector. Our committee meets quarterly to review applications and decide how best to allocate the funds. The committee judges applicants against our submission criteria and evaluates how well each applicant best fulfils the aims of The DPS Charity Fund.
We welcome submissions from charities working in the housing and private rented sectors. If you’ve been unsuccessful with a previous submission, please don’t be discouraged – we’d love to hear from you again.
See more details about how to apply below.
Our Charity Award Funds so far
|Charity Fund Period||Charity Name||Funding Received|
|Q1 2016||Back on Track Housing||£12,000|
|Q1 2016||Shelter Scotland||£8,000|
|Q2 2016||P.A.T.H (Plymouth Access to Housing)||£10,000|
|Q2 2016||The Rock||£9,600|
|Q3 2016||YMCA DownsLink Group||£11,000|
|Q4 2016||East Cleveland Youth Housing Trust||£19,990|
|Q1 2017||The Lantern Trust||£10,000|
|Q3 2017||Calderdale SmartMove||£5,000|
|Q3 2017||The Whitechapel Centre||£8,145|
|Q3 2017||Connection Support||£6,940|
|Q4 2017||Back on Track Housing||£6,000|
|Q4 2017||Change Grow Live||£10,000|
|Q1 2018||The Lantern Trust
|Q1 2018||Elmbridge Rentstart||£8,000|
|Q2 2018||Justlife Foundation||£10,050|
|Q2 2018||St Anne's Hostel||£9,750|
|Q4 2018||Sandwell Homeless And Resettlement Project||£9000|
|Q4 2018||The Lyme Trust||£4749.50|
Who can apply?
If you want to apply for funding from our Charity Donations Fund you must meet the following criteria:
› Your charity must be working within the UK
› Your charity must be registered and be able to provide a UK charity registration number
› Your charity must help to directly improve and benefit the quality of housing in the private rented sector
› Your charity should look to support developments and provide benefits in the long term
Before you apply, please read our Terms and Conditions as these contain more detail about our eligibility criteria, and by following them you'll increase your chances of receiving an award.
How to apply
Our next submission deadline is 31 March 2020
Alternatively, applications can be sent by post to the following address:
The Deposit Protection Service
Please note we expect to receive a high volume of requests throughout the year and therefore will not be able to respond to every application.
We will not provide any funding for the following:
› General area improvements, without specific objectives reported
› Marketing or promotion of a particular charity
› Religious charities
› Research projects
› Charity attendance at events
› Running costs (e.g. utility bills, rental or room hire costs, stationery)
› Office equipment (e.g. furnishings, electronics)
› Travel and subsistence