More vulnerable people will be supported in Plymouth this Winter

Charities and organisations in Plymouth who provide food and essential items for vulnerable people are being invited to bid for grant funding of up to £10k. This is in addition to the Emergency Food Grant funding that is also open for applications and will complement that scheme.

A funding pot of approximately £160k has been set aside from the £950k the Council was awarded as part of the Government’s COVID Winter Grant Scheme (WGS) and will be awarded to groups, charities and social enterprises who can provide food and essential items to individuals and families in need either through buying, storage or distribution.

The COVID WGS has been able to provide direct support to vulnerable Plymouth households and families particularly affected by the pandemic, with food and essential utility costs, where alternative sources of assistance may be unavailable.

Since the funding was announced in November the Council has worked with city schools to distribute more than 10,000 unique e-voucher codes to families on their Free School Meals registers to support them with the cost of buying food over the Christmas holidays.

The Council has also partnered with Plymouth Energy Community to distribute £280k to people at risk of fuel poverty as a result of the impacts of the pandemic to eligible households.

Councillor Chris Penberthy Cabinet Member for Housing and Co-operative Development said: “We know that a great many Plymouth families have faced financial challenges over the past few months as a result of the fallout resulting from the pandemic and our absolute priority has been helping those who need it most but we know there is still more to do. That is why we want voluntary groups and organisations to come forward to apply for this funding and help us ensure these limited monies are put to best use by those that need it most.”   

To find out how to make a bid and more about the application process visit our website.

The deadline for bids is 5pm on Tuesday 26 January 2021.

Full details of the COVID Winter Support Grant and other support available to residents impacted by the pandemic can also be found on our website.