BCP COUNCIL has again chosen Dorset Community Foundation to distribute funding from its Household Support Fund scheme to help people on low incomes stay warm and fed this winter.
Grants of up to £10,000 are available from the BCP Food and Warmth Support Fund to eligible community and voluntary sector organisations. The grants can be used to fund a variety of support, including improving access to food and keeping warm, including warm welcome spaces.
The deadline for applications is midday on Monday November 28, with the distribution of grants aiming to begin in mid December. If an organisation is successful in its application, all of the grant money which is allocated to them will need to be spent by March 31 next year.
Earlier this year the community foundation made £112,000 worth of grants from the summer phase of the Household Support Fund. It supported 21,109 people through 18 grants.
This is a fantastic opportunity for eligible organisations to support their communities as we move into the winter period and beyond
In previous rounds of the Household Support Fund, funding has been allocated by Dorset Community Foundation to help essential community services to meet increased demand and fund pilot projects aimed at tackling isolation and providing fresh produce and hot meals to residents.
Dorset Community Foundation Director Grant Robson said: “We are very proud that BCP Council is again entrusting our knowledge and expertise to make sure this money gets to the people who most need it.
“We have some amazing grass roots groups working on the frontline in communities to help families and individuals through the worst of winter and in the midst of a cost of living crisis this help is never more needed. BCP Council’s funding through Dorset Community Foundation will mean many people will be warm and fed through the colder months.”
Councillor Jane Kelly, Lead Member for Communities, said: “Dorset Community Foundation have helped us to distribute funding to organisations who are helping to address the rising cost of living for our residents throughout the Household Support Fund scheme and we are grateful to them for their continued support of our cost of living campaign.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for eligible organisations to support their communities as we move into the winter period and beyond, and we encourage applications to be sent in as soon as possible to meet the deadline.”
To be eligible for the support, organisations will need to meet certain criteria and help improve community access to cost of living support. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply here.