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Household Support Fund

The Household Support Fund is available to help Derbyshire residents facing financial hardship over the winter months by providing financial grants. 


The money has been provided to the county council by the Department for Work and Pensions. 

Household Support Fund grants

Households facing financial hardship can apply for a grant for help towards their food, energy and essential living costs.

A maximum of two payments can be made worth £64 per household plus an extra £20 will be provided for each partner / spouse and any dependent children.

All payments must be made before the fund closes at the end of March 2022.

Payments are in addition to any support received from the existing Derbyshire Discretionary Fund, which allows eligible residents to receive up to three Emergency Cash Payments (ECP) over 12 months.

This means that an eligible household who has already received the maximum of three payments from the ECP scheme and is facing hardship this winter, can apply to the Household Support Fund for additional financial support.

How to apply for a grant

You can apply to receive support from the Household Support Fund by telephone. Please tel: 01629 533399.

When an application is made we will take some personal information during the call and then an assessor will phone back to discuss the application in more detail.

The assessor will need to know:

  • how a person or family is in crisis and what will happen if help is not quickly made available
  • what money and savings might be available or have been applied for

Other things to bear in mind

We can only make a grant payment to someone who is over 16, and who lives in Derbyshire.

We can only make grant payments to those who can demonstrate how and why they are facing financial hardship.

We have a limited amount of money and all applications will be assessed on the basis of need, urgency and risk.

We'll seek to share information with applicants about other forms of help and support that are available, which could improve their situation further.

Other support available

Winter food support voucher - available from January / February 2022

Eligible households will automatically receive a one-off food voucher worth around £50. Each child/young person who is eligible will receive a voucher.

The vouchers are available for children who received benefit related free school meals between September – December 2021. The vouchers are also available for:

  • children in an early years setting (nurseries and pre-schools) who receive the pupil premium payment
  • care leavers aged up to 21 years of age.

No application is needed. Vouchers will be sent by email or text message.

Housing and Council Tax support

Local district and borough councils have been awarded funds to help with council tax and rent arrears, homelessness and temporary housing.

Please contact your local district or borough council about any support available.