The connect4communities programme, funded by the Department for Work and Pensions Household Support Fund, aims to support those most in need with significantly rising living costs, particularly families with children and pensioners who would otherwise struggle with energy, food and water bills.

Community Grants

Local registered community and voluntary groups ( including faith groups, education institutions, and early years ) are invited to apply for grant funding to deliver projects and activities that help provide vulnerable households with food, utilities and keeping warm.

The grant funding will provide support for eligible activities and support including:

  • Support for food, includes provision of vouchers or food in kind.
  • Support for the cost of utilities, includes 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. 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 white goods or equipment), 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 as considered to be appropriate. These may include, but are not limited to, clothing and other household essentials.

For more information contact connect4communities by email at

Community Grant applications are open from 23rd May to 29th July. Projects and activities must be implemented by 30th September 2022.

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