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Winter grants: Food vouchers

The pandemic and lockdown have had a negative effect on the capability of many people across South Gloucestershire to manage household bills. Impacts include anxiety about Covid-19 itself, job losses, money worries, isolation and food poverty.

The Winter Grant Scheme aims to assist vulnerable households through the winter months and is funded by a ‘Covid-19 winter grant’ from central government, administered by South Gloucestershire Council.

Grants will be made to support the work of organisations that are helping people to get enough food to eat. At least 80% of the grant will be used to support households with children.

The grants will be made in the form of supermarket vouchers, each valued at £50, up to a maximum of £1000. The vouchers are to be given direct to families in need, so they can buy food themselves.

Funds will be allocated to a range of organisations working with vulnerable residents across South Gloucestershire.

Eligible organisations are:

  • mutual aid groups
  • registered charities
  • voluntary and community organisations
  • schools
  • food banks
  • care organisations
  • general practitioners

Grant applications must cover the winter period and can be made from January to March 2021. Each application will be reviewed to ensure it meets the minimum criteria for funding and this will be done on a rolling basis between January and March 2021.

The deadline for applications has been extended to Friday 12th February; further deadlines may be announced.

Eligible organisations can make more than one application during the winter period and all awards will be made by 31 March 2021. All vouchers must be distributed to vulnerable residents within one month of award to the organisation.

If you represent one of the organisations listed above, download and save the application form below to your device before completing it. We will need you to tell us briefly about the people that you are currently working with and the number of households you plan to help.

Download and complete application form

Download the application form in Microsoft Word format to your device, before completing it electronically.

Completed application forms should be sent by email to grants@southglos.gov.uk.

Monitoring

After the winter period, all organisations receiving vouchers will be required to submit monitoring data on the number of households that were assisted by the scheme.

Questions about the grant

If you have any questions about the grant call the Grants Team, Mon – Fri, 9am to 4pm, 01454 865865, or email grants@southglos.gov.uk.

Related information

South Gloucestershire Council’s Privacy Notice

Government Guidance on Covid-19

Transparency

We publish all grant awards to meet our obligations under the Local Government Transparency Code. This code is issued to meet the government’s desire to place more power into citizens’ hands to increase democratic accountability and make it easier for local people to contribute to the local decision making process and help shape public services.
All award data is published on our open data web page.

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