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Household Support Fund (HSF)

The Government's Household Support Fund grant has been made available to county councils and unitary authorities in England to support those most in need.

The Government's Household Support Fund Grant has been made available to county councils and unitary authorities in England to support those most in need.

On Wednesday 6 March 2024, the UK Government announced that the Household Support Fund would be extended for a further six months from April 2024. 

The Government is providing Lincolnshire with a further £5.5m for the fifth round of the programme, which will run until 30 September 2024.

As with earlier rounds of the Household Support Fund, Lincolnshire County Councils has worked with district councils to decide how this additional funding is most effectively targeted to the Lincolnshire residents most in need, in line with government guidance.

  • 64% of the funding will be provided to schools and early years providers for children eligible for benefits-related free school meals, early years pupil premium and families with a 2-year-old eligible for early years entitlement.
  • 1% of the funding will be used to provide financial support to eligible care leavers in supported living accommodation.

Those eligible for these two grants will be contacted directly and will not have to apply for this support.

Approximately 34% of the funding will be made available to Lincolnshire's district councils to provide support to vulnerable households via local schemes. District councils (or third sector/voluntary organisations operating on their behalf) will provide an application-based process to ensure the funding is distributed in line with he grant conditions across local areas.

Scheme details are being finalised and applications are not being accepted at this time. Further details will be published shortly.

We appreciate that not all households will be eligible for support via this grant programme.  However the government have a number of arrangements in place, and this is just one.

 

Residents facing financial difficulties can also visit the government's Cost of Living Hub and Help for Households.

If you are in need of an emergency food parcel, please contact your local food bank or community larder who may be able to help. 

In Lincolnshire there is a Holiday Food and Activity programme for children eligible for benefits-related free school meals.

If you are finding it difficult to manage at this difficult time, please remember Citizens Advice Mid Lincolnshire offer free, confidential and impartial advice to everyone to find a way forward whatever problem they may face, so please call their advice line 0808 278 7904