Cost of living support
LATEST UPDATE:NOVEMBER 2023
The Household Support Fund Round 4, is now re-opened for new applications, to apply for the Fund. Please complete an enquiry form to secure your place on the waiting list. A member of the team in your local area will contact you to complete your full application. Please ensure you provide the correct contact details on the enquiry form to allow our partner to reach you.
Link to the Enquiry Form or you can visit the HSF page on the BVSC Website where you will find more information and a QR code Hardship Grant Community Fund | Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (bvsc.org)
About the fund
Birmingham Voluntary Service Council’s (BVSC) Hardship Grant Community Fund (HGCF), part of Birmingham City Council’s (BCC) wider Household Support Fund (HSF) activity, will be running until 31st March 2024.
BVSC will be distributing grants of up to £200 to Birmingham households, currently facing financial hardship, with the funds intended to help households with food costs and energy payments.
When does it start?
Applications will commence from Monday 31st July 2023, and we will continue to accept applications until 31st March 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 regards to covering costs linked to food and energy
- Your household must not have received a £200 grant payment in the last 12 months
*Please be advised that each household is only eligible to receive one £200 grant payment in a 12 month period. For example, if you received a £200 payment on 30th November 2022, you cannot reapply until 1st December 2023. Any application received before your eligibility date will be rejected.
You may be required to provide proof of address and/or proof of means-tested benefits (if you are in receipt of them) in the case that you are invited to apply.
Support from Gateway FS
In October 2021 the Government announced the Household Support Fund, a £500m fund for people in England who were likely to suffer food or fuel poverty over the winter.
In Birmingham, the City Council decided to distribute its share of the money directly to households in need. To do this, they chose ten voluntary sector organisations – one in each constituency – to administer the funds. In light of our existing role as Early Help and Neighbourhood Network Lead, Gateway Family Services was chosen to cover the Edgbaston constituency.
So, in the week after Christmas 2021, we put together the Household Support Fund Admin Team……..