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Community Support Grants

What are Community Support Grants?

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) abolished the discretionary Social Fund payments system on 1 April 2013.

However, the DWP continue to administer applications for:

We replaced the DWP’s discretionary Social Fund system with a scheme called Community Support Grants.

There are two types of Community Support Grants:

  1. Support Grant – this is for people who need financial help to support them in the community or to ease exceptional pressure on families
  2. Crisis Award – this is to help people, in the short term, who are without money due to an emergency or disaster

You will have to meet an eligibility criteria and awards will be made by way of a spend card, voucher or by the Council arranging the delivery of goods or services.  No cash payments will be made.

Awards are made at the Council’s discretion.  We only have a limited amount of money for Community Support Grants so we may not be able to pay every claim.  We will treat all applications on their individual merits, with the overall intention of:

  • Reducing poverty
  • Supporting young people in the transition to adult life
  • Safeguarding residents in their own homes
  • Helping those who are trying to help themselves
  • Keeping families together
  • Supporting the vulnerable in the local community
  • Helping people through personal and difficult events

Please note that we may ask you to provide evidence to support your application.

Community Support Grant


Tel: 024 7683 3773

Customer Service Centre
Upper Precinct
3 Broadgate

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