It appears from this article that the government are not quite sure how to spend some EU money intended to alleviate child poverty and homelessness.  It should be noted that this is £3.5m - which might sound like a lot but in reality isn't if we consider it in the context of the following statistics:

Homeless link suggest there are 57,890 individuals acknowledged as "Statutory homeless" in the UK, so £3.5million equates to less than £61 each.

The Children's Society  state there are over 4 million children living in poverty in the UK, so £3.5million equates to less than 87p each.

It is obvious neither of these would go anywhere near solving the scale of today's social problems, yet there are alternatives to the funds not reaching any beneficiaries and being wasted in further administration either here or in Brussels.  

The possibilities mentioned: young refugees; victims of modern slavery; child poverty; homelessness; rough sleeping; breakfast clubs; food banks; etc. are all the types of projects we have supported and funded.  

At community foundations we undertake research to identify the areas of greatest deprivation and need.  We undertake the necessary due diligence to ensure that the charities that are delivering the work are fit for purpose, and, after awarding a grant, we monitor the impact the grant has achieved.  

So, perhaps the government should transfer such pots of money to community foundations, who are closer to the problem, have greater local knowledge and have the necessary infrastructure to distribute the funds quickly and efficiently across a much more contained geographic area.   Such that rather than being diluted or forfeited the funds could be used for the purpose intended and achieve greatest impact