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Covid Local Support Grant

The government recently announced about a Covid Local Support Grant scheme. More details will be shared when available.

COVID winter grant

The COVID winter grant scheme has now closed. All vouchers distributed under the scheme will be awarded up to 16 April 2021, and will have to be redeemed by 16 April 2021.

This is a national scheme to give financial support to households struggling to make ends meet over the winter during the pandemic. It is designed to help with the cost of food, energy (including heating, cooking, lighting), water bills (including sewage) and other essentials. The scheme is part of larger winter support available to families and children.

This scheme has now closed. 

All vouchers distributed under the scheme will be awarded up to 16 April 2021, and will have to be redeemed by 16 April 2021.

Households where all members are without recourse to public funds are not eligible to apply for this scheme.

There are some exceptions, for example where there are community care needs, serious health problems and/or a risk to a child’s wellbeing.

Households that meet the eligibility criteria are known to the City Councils Person’s From Abroad team.

The terms of the scheme are subject to change. If we need to make any changes, an updated policy will be published on this page. All referrals received the day after any published changes will be assessed in line with that updated policy.

We will look at the information provided to support your application to see which area(s) you need support for.

If you are successful, your award will be paid over a four-week period in the following ways:

  • Food awards will be made by e-voucher or food box
  • Gas, electricity, district heating, oil, water/sewerage will be made by e-voucher or a credit onto your bill
  • Essential item awards will be made by e-voucher
NOTE: From 15 December 2020, energy suppliers are obliged to offer emergency credit to prepayment customers who are vulnerable or otherwise unable to top up (for example, due to self-isolation).

If you have been successful in your Covid Winter Grant application and awarded a e-voucher for food, you will need to redeem the voucher. In order to redeem your voucher please follow the instructions on how to use your e-voucher (PDF).

You can then use the e-voucher at one of the following supermarket stores:

  • Aldi
  • Iceland
  • McColl’s
  • Morrisons
  • Tesco
  • Sainsbury’s
  • Asda
  • Waitrose
  • M&S
  • Company Shop Group

Yes, you can receive multiple payments throughout the period of the scheme. Each award can be made for up to four weeks, and you can receive support for up to 17 weeks in total. New awards cannot overlap the periods of any previous awards, and referrals will be refused if this is the case.

We will email a written notice of our decision to you. This will explain the decision and how the award will be made, if you have been successful.

We offer a range of advice and support to city residents who are vulnerable during the coronavirus pandemic. Find out about support with your housing costs or council tax.

We must make sure that all applications are made legitimately.

If you falsely declare your circumstances, provide a false statement or provide false evidence in support of your application, you may have committed an offence under the Fraud Act 2006.

We have a zero-tolerance approach to fraud and financial irregularity. All suspicions of fraud relating to this scheme will be referred to Leicestershire Police.