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Household support fund - third sector grants


  • Funding has been made available by the government’s Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) to support Blackpool residents who are struggling to afford energy, water bills and other essential expenditure. 
  • Applications will be considered from Third Sector organisations for projects that provide support to households for:
    • Support with food
    • Support for energy and water
    • Support for materials linked to energy and water
    • Support for wider essentials
    • Applications can include some or all of the above categories
  • Funding will not be considered for support that does not fall within the above categories
  • The closing date for all applications is 30 May 2022

Who can apply, and how much is available?

  • Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise Sector organisations (VCFSE) across Blackpool to support people in need.Organisations must have a community bank account with 2 signatories (not at the same address). The account must be in the name of the community group

  • Organisations must have a community bank account with 2 signatories (not at the same address). The account must be in the name of the community group
  • Organisations must have a written consitution
  • The maximum we will fund is £5,000 per organisation, plus upto 10% for your administration costs. We would like to encourage a wide range of bids. 
  • The total overall combined funding for all projects is £50,000.
  • Any agreed funding needs to be spend by 30th September 2022.
  • Administration expenses may be claimed up to a maximum of 10% of the requested funding

What we cannot fund

  • Public or private sector organisations and sole traders
  • Organisations that are not constituted and that do not have a bank account in their own name
  • The cost of providing information and advice including debt advice
  • Retrospective costs for money already spent or projects that have already started
  • Projects that benefit public or private enterprise or statutory activities
  • Cost of alcohol
  • Mortgage repayments and associated costs, and council tax
  • Political activities
  • Activities not benefiting Blackpool residents

Further information

  • The definition of a household with a child is a household containing any person:
    • who will be under the age of 19 as at 30 September 2022 or
    • a person aged 19 or over in respect of whom a child-related benefit (for example, Child Benefit) is paid or free school meals are provided.
    • The definition of a household with a pensioner is any household containing any person who has reached state pension age by 30 September 2022 (and no eligible children as defined above are resident)

Evidence of outcomes

As part of the funding criteria we're keen to see evidence of outcomes against your application.

Each successful organisation will be expected to provide an end of project summary to include information on activity delivered, uptake, outcomes and feedback from participants. 

Where photos are included organisations must ensure they have received permission to share.

How to apply for funding

  • Applications need to be submitted online
  • The closing date for all applications is 30 May 2022
  • The maximum funding you can apply for is £5,000 (plus upto 10% for administration costs) but applications for smaller amounts are welcome.
  • Applications will be assessed and scored by a panel of officers and you will be notified of the outcome within 10 days of the closing date
  • Applicants will need to accept our funding conditions