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Winter Support Fund – An online application process for local groups

 

Hammersmith & Fulham Council, in partnership with H&F Giving, have launched the Winter Support Fund small grants scheme, awarding grants to community organisations which support those most in need in the local community. This will be through direct support to residents facing crisis or poverty.

The £200,000 Winter Support Fund is being administered by H&F Giving on behalf of H&F Council.

We want to distribute £200,000 to local Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) organisations to support households in Hammersmith & Fulham which otherwise might face crisis and to provide them with food, fuel and support for other essential living costs.

 

Types of support

The support can be delivered through vouchers or cash to households or making direct provision of food and goods.
Eligible spend includes:

Food

Support whether in kind or through vouchers or cash

Energy Costs

Help towards the costs of utilities e.g. energy, water, heating bills

Essential Living Costs

Help towards essentials such as warm clothing, blankets, period and hygiene products, the purchase of replacement and energy efficient equipment (fridges, freezers, ovens, slow cookers)

Help with bills including broadband or phone bills, transport costs and repairs

Advice Services

Provision of advice to residents, over and above existing services available

Other

Limited administrative costs, such as staff costs, communications materials, small IT changes.

 

Exclusions – The fund cannot be used for:

Mortgage payments

Furniture and household items for residents living in private rented furnished accommodation or furnished temporary accommodation, where this is the responsibility of the landlord

Personal debts – residents should be referred to the Council or to appropriate agencies for support

Parking fines, Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) or congestion zone charges

Court expenses (legal proceedings) such as legal fees, court fees, fines, costs – unless related to an individual voluntary arrangement (IVA)

 

The funding criteria

Priority groups

The Winter Support Fund is intended to cover a wide range of low-income households in need including families with children of all ages, pensioners, unpaid carers, care leavers and disabled people. The following groups have been identified as a priority for this scheme:

  • households with Disabled adults or children
  • Disabled and long-term ill residents
  • unpaid carers (adults or children)
  • care experienced young people
  • pensioners
  • large families with children under 5 years old
  • single parents
  • single-person households without dependents
  • individuals fleeing domestic violence or facing other community safety issues.

Support is not restricted only to households in receipt of benefits.

 

Timeline

All funds must be spent or committed before 31 March 2024. The activity funded and final monitoring report should be completed and submitted by 14 April 2024. If your activity is agreed to continue beyond April 2024, an additional report will need to be submitted shortly after completion of activities within a timeline agreed with H&F Giving.

Click here to view the monitoring report template as a guide – please note this may be subject to change and the final version will be provided to successful grant recipients in early 2024.

Applications now open until midnight Thursday 7 December 2023.

Note: The funding is provided by Department of Work & Pensions.

FAQs and Guidance

If you have any queries about your project’s eligibility, or for support in completing the form, please contact Sophie, Administrator, at [email protected] or on 07881 103827.

 

Important Information – applying for funds and reporting back

We have £200,000 available for Winter Support Funding. Organisations with a track record of supporting residents in Hammersmith & Fulham who are facing poverty are invited to apply for up to £20,000. We also welcome applications for smaller values. Funding requests must not duplicate provision currently funded by any other LBHF council grants.

We encourage applications in partnership with another organisation which delivers in Hammersmith and Fulham. The organisation making this application will be the lead group and will be accountable for the grant. We also encourage applications from organisations who have not previously received funding from the council.