As part of the Government’s Household Support Fund, support will be given to low-income households particularly affected by the cost of living crisis, COVID pandemic and the higher costs of household essentials.

Richmond AID and Citizens Advice Richmond (CAR) have received Household Support Funding to distribute to local families and individuals who are struggling financially and need help and support accessing food, energy bills or other household essentials. This includes working households on a low income. Applications will close on 31st March 2024.

What can the grant be for?

You can apply for a grant for food, energy costs, clothing, essential equipment, etc. If your grant application is successful you can receive a grant award via a BACS payment into your account or get supermarket vouchers.

Amounts

Up to £300 for households with 1 or more adults

Up to £500 for households with 1 child

Up to £600 for households and 2 children or more

Eligibility for the grant

Must be over 18 and live in the borough of Richmond and be struggling from the impact of rising costs of food and energy or continue to be impacted by Covid, for example:

  • Reduced pay or lost job
  • Benefits issues
  • Struggling to afford food, energy costs and other essentials, including white goods
  • Extra costs as a result of Covid

Individuals with no recourse to public funds are also eligible, particularly if

  • there are community care needs
  • they have serious health problems
  • there is a risk to a child’s wellbeing

For more information or to apply for the grant please contact:

Citizens Advice Richmond by freephone 080 82 78 78 73. Lines are open 10am-4pm Monday to Friday. You can also complete apply for the grant with the Citizens Advice online form. Have a look at the Citizens Advice website.

For people with long term health conditions, disabilities and carers contact Richmond AID by email  [email protected] or call 020 8831 6070

Other Funding includes:

Local Assistance Scheme

For those residents in receipt of welfare benefits, there are crisis grants available to help in an emergency for household items, food and baby essentials. Apply for a Local Assistance Scheme Grant here

No recourse to Public Funds Hardship Fund

The council will make awards available from the Covid-19 Hardship Fund, which does not count as public funds, to Richmond residents whose income has been affected by Covid-19 and have no recourse to public funds. The fund can help households by providing support with groceries in the form of supermarket vouchers. Read more about the fund here: NRPF Richmond Hardship Fund – London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

Further Support and Advice

If you require any further support or advice on the cost of living, please visit the councils Cost of Living Hub.

The government’s Help for Households service also provides guidance.