Community groups helping people in need can now apply for grants of up to £20,000. Grants of up to £20,000 are now available for community-based food and welfare support providers helping local people in need this summer. The Small Grants programme is specifically aimed at frontline groups to help residents struggling with food costs, energy and water bills, and other essentials. Projects which will help people in need who might not be able to access other kinds of government support are particularly encouraged to apply for the grants. The Small Grants Programme will total £1,300,000 to the end of March 2024 and is part of Wirral’s Household Support Fund allocation of £6,098,690 from the Department for Work and Pensions, which is available to support those most in need with the cost of food, energy (heating, cooking, lighting), water bills and other essentials. Apply There will be two rounds of bidding for grants, covering the summer and winter periods. The deadline for applications for the first (summer) round was June 30, 2023 and is now closed. Groups and organisations will have until 20 October 2023 to spend the funding under the summer scheme and will be subject to the established audit requirements (submission of receipts, etc.), as with the monitoring of previous small grants programmes.