Household Support Fund Community Grants

Household Support Fund Community Grants

Funded by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Hampshire County Council has been given more than £7.1 million from the Household Support Fund to use by 30 September 2024 and we intend to work with community and voluntary sector partners to provide immediate direct support or support that has a longer-term sustainable impact, particularly focussing on food and utility costs, to vulnerable households throughout the period.
The fund will also be used to help those who may not be eligible for other government support, but who are nevertheless in crisis and require urgent help.
A fund of £720,000 is being allocated to Community Grants so that community organisations can support local initiatives tailored to local needs, as well as for organisations or professionals working with families by exception to apply for urgent crisis funding.
A fund of £125,000 is allocated for advice grants – to deliver advice on budgeting, finances, maximising income or accessing other help.
A fund of £550,000 is allocated for Community pantries and food support schemes – for funding that will help provide vulnerable households with food, with their projects being implemented prior to the end of the grant period.
Schools and other education settings will also be able to apply for community grant funding where they have a specific plan in mind to support families in greatest need, or for a large number of families and the amount will not be covered by the schools’ grant allocation.
Applications for community grants will be open from 20 May to 9 August 2024. They will be considered at regularly scheduled panel meetings.