Cost of Living Crisis

New Funding Programme to Support Vulnerable People (Scotland) 24th May 2024

In response to the cost-of-living crisis, the Bank of Scotland Foundation has announced a new funding programme to improve the quality of life for some of Scotland’s most vulnerable people. The Energise Programme will offer two-year unrestricted grants of £20,000 (£10,000 per annum) to help small and local charities continue to provide their vital services and become more sustainable. The funding can be used towards core costs, delivery co...

£2.2 Million Fund Opens in Response to the Cost-of-Living Crisis Facing Women (England) 23rd May 2024

The National Lottery Community Fund has provided £2.2 million in funding for round two of the Women's Urgent Support Fund. The fund aims to tackle the effect of the cost-of-living crisis on women. Administered by the Smallwood Trust, the Fund will award three-year grants of between £15,000 and £60,000 to enable around 35 women’s-led community organisations to respond to the increase in demand for urgent and basic needs from women in Engla...

Grants of up to £7,500 Available To Support Vulnerable People (Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole) 17th May 2024

Registered charities, constituted community and voluntary organisations, community interest companies, and social enterprises in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) area can apply for grants of up to £8,500 from the BCP Food and Energy Support Fund. The grant scheme, administered by the Dorset Community Foundation, is intended to cover a wide range of support for vulnerable and low-income households in the most need of support. Th...

Community Partnership Programme to Tackle Food Poverty & Support the Elderly (UK) 16th May 2024

Groundwork is working with One Stop Stores Ltd to administer the One Stop Community Partnership programme. Successful applicants will receive an initial grant of up to £1,000 and begin a partnership with their local One Stop store. This programme is designed to support community groups or organisations operating within two miles of a One Stop store, tackling food poverty, supporting the vulnerable, supporting the elderly, supporting low-incom...

Funding to Provide Financial Help to those in Debt & Financial Hardship (North West England) 14th May 2024

Registered charities, voluntary and other not-for-profit organisations, and public benefit entities can apply for grants of up to £50,000 to assist people experiencing financial hardship who are unable to meet the cost of water charges. The United Utilities Trust Fund aims to help people out of water debt and support local organisations delivering services within the Fund’s geographic area of North West England, which can deliver money and...

Grants of up to £250,000 Available to Address the Cost-of-Living Crisis (England, Wales & Scotland) 23rd April 2024

In response to the cost-of-living crisis, Social Investment Business (SIB) is making a mixture of unrestricted loans and grants available to help charities and social enterprises to continue to meet the needs of communities in deprived areas of the country. The Cost-of-Living Fund provides non repayable grants ranging from £10,000 to £250,000 to help organisations already assisting people impacted by the cost-of-living crisis to maintain, in...

Funding to Support Local Community Projects (England, Scotland & Wales) 22nd April 2024

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to registered charities for projects that positively impact communities across England, Scotland, and Wales. The Morrisons Foundation provides funding to support projects that tackle poverty and social deprivation, enhance community spaces, facilities and services, and improve the health and wellbeing of local communities. The funding will support both capital spend and direct project delivery costs. Prio...

Funding for Projects that Improve People’s Lives (Scotland) 27th March 2024

Grants of between £20,001 and £200,000 are available to support people, communities and organisations that are facing increased demands and challenges as a result of the cost-of-living crisis. The funding is available to voluntary, community and public sector organisations in Scotland for activities that help people so that they are better able to identify ways to take control over their lives and build resilience; are able to shape the acti...

Grants of up to £2,500 Available for Local Community Projects (North West) 20th March 2024

Community organisations located in Merseyside, Greater Manchester, and Lancashire will soon be able to apply for grants from the Onward Community Fund. The fund is provided by Onward, a provider of homes in the North West. Grants of up to £2,500 are available to support local projects that make a positive difference in the communities they serve. This year the fund is interested in supporting projects that aim to support people and communit...

Grants to Help Vulnerable Communities Manage the Cost-of-Living Crisis (Scotland) 25th January 2024

In response to the cost-of-living crisis, the National Lottery Community Fund is making funding available to voluntary or community organisations for projects that help support individuals, families and communities currently experiencing financial hardship. Through the Cost-of-Living Support Fund, grants of between £20,001 and £75,000 will be awarded for activity that increases resilience and reduces the impact of, or prevents financial inse...

Funding to Support Vulnerable Families During the Cost-of-Living Crisis (South of England) 19th January 2024

Funding is available to support vulnerable families during the cost-of-living crisis. The Cash for Kids Cost of Living Fund 2024 will support families in the South of England who have a genuine need for help and are suffering from disadvantage due to the crisis, allowing them to apply for grants of £50 per child which can be used for basic essentials such as food, heating, clothing, and school uniform. Service providers who support vulnerable...

Heart of the Community Awards 2024 (UK) 11th January 2024

Nisa’s Making a Difference Locally (MADL) charity has launched a new round of their Heart of the Community Awards. The awards will be supporting food pantries across the UK, with a total of £50,000 in funding available for Nisa retailers to nominate a local group, charity or good cause. The donations of up to £1,000 per store will help food pantries provide essential food and other supplies to people in need. 50 winning causes will be sele...

Grants to Support Individuals & Families in Need (UK) 24th November 2023

Grants of up to £2,000 are available to charities, housing associations, schools and social services providing support for individuals and families across the UK who are in financial need. The Cosaraf Charitable Foundation’s Hardship Grants will support individuals and families who have exhausted all other sources of funding and are struggling with everyday costs, such as basic living expenses, household items and utilities, work- or educat...

Grants of up to £60,000 Available to Support Disadvantaged Communities (UK) 23rd November 2023

Grants of between £20,000 and £70,000 per year for up to three years are available to community-led charities and not-for-profit organisations working to support communities in the most deprived areas of the UK. The Henry Smith Charity's Strengthening Communities programme focuses on supporting the running costs of organisations working at grass-roots level, to ensure that funding reaches the most disadvantaged areas, targeting places that...

Awards for All Increases Maximum Grant Amount (UK) 20th November 2023

Voluntary, community organisations and schools, etc across the UK can now apply for grants of up to £20,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund – Awards for All programme. This represents a significant increase from the previous maximum grant size of £10,000. Projects can last for up to two years. The funding boost is intended to support organisations in delivering new or existing community led activities. Eligible projects must addr...

Funding to Support Vulnerable Families During the Cost-of-Living Crisis (South of England) 31st October 2023

Funding is available to support vulnerable families during the cost-of-living crisis. The Cash for Kids Cost of Living Fund will support families in the South of England who have a genuine need for help and are suffering from disadvantage due to the crisis, allowing them to apply for grants of £50 per child which can be used for basic essentials such as food, heating, clothing, and school uniform. Service providers who support vulnerable chil...

Grants to Help People Clear Domestic Gas & Electricity Debts (England, Scotland & Wales) 25th October 2023

Individuals and families can apply for grants of up to £1,500 to clear domestic gas and electricity debts. The Individual and Families Debt Write Off Fund, administered by the British Gas Energy Trust, provides eligible customers with a grant to clear outstanding arrears with their energy supplier. Any British Gas and non-British Gas customer in England, Wales and Scotland who has sought money or debt advice, and not received a grant from the...

Grants of up to £150,000 Available to Address The Cost of Living Crisis (England, Wales and Scotland) 11th October 2023

The Social Investment Business has launched a new grant scheme to help social enterprises and charities address the cost-of-living crisis by providing funding to maintain or continue services, increase or launch new services, or meet increased demand. The grant operates alongside the Social Investment Business’s Recovery Loan Fund (RLF) which provides loans of between £150,000 and £1.5 million to UK charities and social enterprises based...

Funding to Support Social Sector Organisations During the Cost-of-Living Crisis (UK) 5th October 2023

Crowdfunder, in partnership with Access, has launched a new match funding initiative to increase the sustainability of social sector organisations in England. The Cost-of-Living Resilience Fund will match each donation given, up to the value of £150, to support projects which build stability and resilience for organisations providing services to help deprived people during the rising cost of living. The funding could be used to help refurbish...

Energy Bill Support for Vulnerable Households (England, Wales & Scotland) 4th October 2023

Funding is being made available to help financially vulnerable people who are struggling to pay their energy bills. The British Gas Energy Support Fund has been set up in response to the increasing cost of living and rising inflation to help eligible British Gas customers with fuel debt of £250 to £1,500 to pay their energy bills over the coming months. Any British Gas customer in England, Wales and Scotland who has sought money and energy a...

Grants to Help Vulnerable Communities Manage the Cost-of-Living Crisis (Scotland) 4th July 2023

In response to the cost-of-living crisis, the National Lottery Community Fund is making funding available for projects that help support individuals, families and communities currently experiencing financial hardship. Through the Cost-of-Living Support Scotland Grants programme, grants of between £10,001 and £75,000 will be awarded for activity that increases resilience and reduces the impact of, or prevents financial insecurity amongst vuln...

Funding to Support Charities with Rising Costs (Scotland) 4th May 2023

The Corra Foundation, in partnership with the STV Children's Appeal, is offering a share of £300,000 in funding to small Scottish charities, community groups, and other not-for-profit organisations that support children and families in local communities. The aim of the funding is to ensure that community-led activities remain accessible despite the challenges presented by the rising cost of living. The Boost Small Grants Programme will award...

Financial Support for Individuals and Families who are Experiencing Fuel Poverty and Struggling to Pay their Energy Bills (England, Scotland and Wales) 4th May 2023

The Individual and Families Debt Write Off Fund, administered by the British Gas Energy Trust, is now open for applications. The fund provides eligible applicants with a grant of up to £1,500 to clear outstanding arrears with their energy supplier. Unlike some other funds, eligibility is not limited to British Gas customers. However, customers of Eon, Eon Next, EDF, Scottish Power, and Octopus should apply to their respective funds instead. T...

Increased Support for Households Struggling with Rising Energy Costs (Scotland) 5th April 2023

The Scottish Government is making up to £30 million in funding available to support households with rising energy costs. The funding will be made available to third sector organisations in the next financial year to support the most vulnerable households on any tariff type and using any type of fuel, who are at risk of self-rationing or self-disconnecting their energy use. The Fuel Insecurity Fund has previously provided funding to organisati...

Government Extends Support for Vulnerable Households Facing Challenges with the Cost of Living (England) 4th April 2023

In recognition of the ongoing cost-of-living crisis, the Department for Work and Pensions is making an additional £842 million in funding available to help low-income households with essential food and energy costs. The Household Support Fund has been extended until the end of March 2024 to help those most in need with the rising costs of energy, food, water, and other related essentials. The funding will be distributed by Local Authorities i...

£76 Million Released from Dormant Accounts to Help Vulnerable People with the Cost of Living (England) 8th March 2023

The UK's Department for Culture, Media, and Sport has announced a £76 million redirect from dormant accounts to support vulnerable people with cost of living expenses and social enterprises with energy-saving solutions. A £45 million grant from Fair4All Finance will provide no-interest loans to 69,000 individuals facing financial difficulties. Meanwhile, hundreds of charities and social enterprises will receive a £31 million support from so...

Grants Available to Celebrate Important National Events (England) 24th January 2023

The National Lottery has announced that this year, funding will also be available through the Awards for All England scheme to help communities celebrate important national events such as the Coronation of His Majesty the King, the Eurovision Song Contest and the 75th anniversary of Windrush. Awards for All will also continue to make grants of between £300 and £10,000 for up to one year to local community and voluntary organisations for exi...

Grants to Support the Armed Forces Community During the Cost-of-Living Crisis (UK) 24th October 2022

Grants of up to £2,400 are being made available to help UK Armed Forces veterans and their families who are struggling to pay their bills due to the cost-of-living crisis. The funding is being made available through the Royal British Legion’s Everyday Needs Grants Programme to support people who need help with everyday essentials such as kitchen appliances, clothes, and energy costs. The initiative will provide non-repayable emergency grant...

Grants to Help Communities Manage the Cost-of-Living Crisis (Scotland) 7th October 2022

In response to the cost-of-living crisis, the National Lottery Community Fund is making funding available for projects that help support individuals, families and communities currently experiencing financial hardship. Through the Cost-of-Living Support Scotland Grants programme, grants of between £10,001 and £75,000 will be awarded for activity that increases resilience and reduces the impact of, or prevents financial insecurity amongst vuln...

Funding to Support Community-Led Activity & Wellbeing (Scotland) 4th October 2022

Voluntary and community organisations can apply for funding of up to £150,000 to support Scottish communities to improve the places in which they live and the wellbeing of those most in need. The National Lottery Community Fund’s Community Led Funding programme will support community-led organisations to deliver longer term work as well as shorter term activity such as supporting communities to deal with the cost-of-living crisis. The fund...

£23 Million in Funding to Support Communities During the Cost of Living Crisis (Wales) 16th September 2022

Charities, voluntary and community groups, local authorities, schools and other not-for-profit organisations in Wales can apply for a share of £23 million in National Lottery funding to make a positive impact upon their communities. Organisations can apply for funding to deliver a new or existing activity or to support them to change and adapt to new and future challenges, including the current cost of living crisis. The People and Places Fu...

Government Extends Support for Vulnerable Households Facing Challenges with the Cost of Living (UK) 5th August 2022

In recognition of the ongoing cost-of-living crisis, the Department for Work and Pensions is investing an additional £842 million in its Household Support Fund to help more low-income households to afford basic essentials. The scheme has been extended until the end of March 2023 to help those most in need with the rising costs of energy, food, water and other related essentials. The funding will be distributed by Local Authorities in England...

New Fund Launched to Support Unpaid Carers in Wales During The Cost Of Living Crisis (Wales) 13th June 2022

The Welsh Government has announced that it is investing £4.5 million in the Carers Support Fund over the next three financial years, made up of £1.5m each year. The funding will support unpaid carers who are experiencing financial hardship due to the cost-of-living crisis and ongoing impact of the pandemic. Carers, who provide care for an adult or disabled child, will be able to apply for grants of up to £300 to pay for food, household item...