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This is affecting us all at work and at home. We’re working hard to keep services running and will focus our efforts on the most critical elements. In doing so disruption to many services is likely.

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Community Support Grants

What are Community Support Grants?

Our customer telephone line will be open Monday to Friday between the hours of 11am – 2pm. If you need to contact us outside of these hours please email us on [email protected]Please be assured if information is required from you to support your application, one of our team will contact you directly. 

Paypoint vouchers for British Gas customers

From 31 December 2019 we will no longer be able to issue Paypoint Vouchers for British Gas customers. Please contact your provider if you require emergency funding with your prepayment meters. 

Types of 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. 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

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 024 7683 3773

Customer Service Centre
Upper Precinct
3 Broadgate
Coventry
CV1 1FS

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