Applications for this fund have now closed. A small grants programme was launched for community-based food and welfare support providers to help those most in need who are struggling to afford energy and water bills, food, and other related essentials across Wirral over the coming Winter months. The £600,000 fund was available for bids of up to £20,000 from local groups and organisations (plus up to £1,000 or a maximum of 5% of the award to cover administration costs). The purpose of this fund is to support households in most need, particularly those who may not be eligible for other support government has recently made available but who are nevertheless in need. Consideration will be given to those offering support to under-represented vulnerable residents or groups living in areas of high deprivation, where there is a disproportionate impact as a result of the significantly rising cost of living. Funding to create Warm Hubs has been allocated via the Community, Voluntary and Faith Sector Grants Programme, and is therefore not a consideration for the Wirral Household Winter Support Fund. Groups are required to have spent their funding by 31 March 2023 and will be asked to provide data and a brief outcome by 15 March 2023. Successful applicants may be contacted to ensure spend is on track and that the scheme is operating as specified. How is this funded? This is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) through its Household Support Fund. Wirral Council has received ring-fenced funding of £3.04m, of which £600,000 has been allocated to this scheme which aims to provide funding to local constituted organisations, community interest companies and charities. What happens next? Successful applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application as soon as practicable.