Aims/priorities: Tameside Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprises (VCFSE) organisations can apply for up to £10,000 to primarily provide support to households in the most need of food, energy and water bills. It can also be used to support households with essential costs related to those items and with wider essential costs. In exceptional cases of genuine emergency, it can additionally be used to support housing costs where existing housing support schemes do not meet this exceptional need.
Eligible spends include:
Food. The Fund should primarily be used to provide support with food whether in kind or through vouchers or cash.
Energy and water. The Fund should also primarily be used to support with energy bills for any form of fuel that is used for the purpose of domestic heating, cooking or lighting, including oil or portable gas cylinders. It can also be used to support with water bills including for drinking, washing, cooking, and sanitary purposes and sewerage.
Essentials linked to energy and water. The Fund can be used to provide support with essentials linked to energy and water (including sanitary products, warm clothing, soap, blankets, boiler service/repair, purchase of equipment including fridges, freezers, ovens, or other whitegoods etc), in recognition that a range of costs may arise which directly affect a household’s ability to afford or access food, energy and water.
Wider essentials. The Fund can be used to support with wider essential needs not linked to energy and water should Authorities consider this appropriate in their area. These may include, but are not limited to, support with other bills including broadband/WI FI or phone bills/data, clothing, home starter kits and essential transport-related costs such as repairing a car, buying a bicycle, paying for fuel or public transport costs. This list is not exhaustive.
Housing Costs. The fund can be used to support housing costs in exceptional cases of genuine emergency, where existing housing support schemes do not meet this exceptional need. Where eligible, ongoing housing support for rent must be provided through the housing cost element of Universal Credit (UC) and Housing Benefit (HB) rather than the Household Support Fund. In addition, eligibility for Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) must first be considered before emergency housing support is offered through the Household Support Fund. You must also first consider whether the claimant is at statutory risk of homelessness and therefore owed a duty of support through the Homelessness Prevention Grant (HPG).
|Ashton United in the Community||Providing vouchers for essentials, and activity packs that will keep people mentally stimulated during the long winter months. We’ll also enable people to keep warm and well by providing access to nutritious foods, warm clothes, bedding, and heating .|
|Carmel Christian Church||This year Carmel Christian Center are running a project to supply food only , this will enable people to use the money they would set aside to spend on food to pay for extra gas/electric|
|Age uk Tameside||The aim of the project is to get older people to attend the centre for free meals, use this as an opportunity to talk to them about their wellbeing during the colder months, disseminate covid stay safe information.|
|Rough Diamonds||Rough Diamonds aim to support local people in the winter months by providing Emergency Food Packs and Keep Warm Packs. They will make the packs up and they will be available to anyone that needs them.|
|Star||This group are continuing to support the local community by providing a winter funding payment.|