Household Support Fund Round 5 - June to September 2024

The Household Support Fund, provided by the Department for Work and Pensions, is a fixed amount of money available to the local authority to support households in most need with essentials such as:

  • food
  • energy
  • essential goods and supplies, including water

Various forms of assistance are being offered to address a wide range of household circumstances.

These funds are not impacted by the section 114 notice issued by Birmingham City Council (BCC).

Find out more about the section 114 notice.

Preventing fraud

We must make sure that all applications are made legitimately.

You may have committed an offence under the Fraud Act 2006 if you:

  • falsely declare your circumstances
  • provide a false statement
  • provide false evidence in support of your application

We have a zero-tolerance approach to fraud and financial irregularity. We will report all suspicions of fraud relating to this scheme to West Midlands Police.

Application Based Support: Hardship Grant Community Fund

Birmingham Voluntary Service Council’s (BVSC) Hardship Grant Community Fund (HGCF) is part of the council's wider Household Support Fund (HSF) activity.

BVSC will be distributing grants of up to £200 to Birmingham households currently facing financial hardship. The funds are intended to help households with food costs and energy payments.

When the fund starts

We will be accepting applications from May 2024, and will continue to accept applications until 30 September 2024 or until all funding has been exhausted, if sooner.

Who is eligible

  • You must be a Birmingham resident
  • You must be experiencing financial hardship, particularly with covering costs linked to food and energy
  • Your household must not have received a £200 grant payment in the last 12 months.

Be aware that if you are invited to apply, you may be expected to provide proof of address and proof of means-tested benefits, if you are in receipt of them.

How to apply

To apply, you will need to complete the Hardship Grant Community Fund expression of interest form. The questions are aimed at determining your suitability for a grant payment.

Complete the expression of interest form

We will email all applicants about the outcome of their enquiry and next steps.

If you are unable to access the form online, call: 0121 634 7100 to express your interest.

Additional support

You can find more information and resources on cost of living help on:

The BCC cost of living support page

The government cost of living support hub

You can also apply for support from th ecouncil via the Local Welfare Provision scheme

Page last updated: 11 June 2024

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