From 1 April 2013, the Department of Work and Pensions have abolished the discretionary social fund payments system. These cover:
The Department of Works and Pensions will continue to administer applications for:
In their place will be a combination of a new locally based scheme delivered by Local Councils, which will replace crisis loans and community care grants, and a new nationally administered advance of benefit facility that will replace alignment crisis loans and budgeting loans.
Local Councils are not required to replicate the current crisis loan and community care grant schemes and have been given the flexibility to design a scheme that will provide emergency provision for the most vulnerable groups.
Coventry City Council has introduced the Community Support Grant scheme which will be delivered by the Council's Benefit Service and is designed to assist the City's most vulnerable residents.
You can apply for a community support grant if:
The scheme will seek to assist you in meeting your needs for subsistence, or your immediate, short-term priority needs. You could also receive help if you require assistance to maintain your independence within the community. You will have to meet an eligibility criteria and awards will be made by way of a spend card, voucher or arrangement of services. No cash payments will be made.
Community Support Grants are awarded in accordance with Council Policy and on applicants demonstrating that they meet the necessary criteria. We reserves the right to suspend/withdraw grants where it suspects an applicant has provided false information and/or is using grants for purposes other than those set out in the application/Council Policy. The Council reserves the right to take appropriate action to recover grants and/or report suspected criminal activity to the Police. Read the full policy.