Cost of Living Grant Scheme

The grant is solely for work involved in supporting the community through the rising Cost of Living and not for furthering the work of an organisation.

Test Valley Borough Council has created a new £100k Cost of Living Grant scheme to help organisations that are supporting people who are struggling with rising costs.

TVBC chiefs agreed to create the new funding pot at a cabinet meeting on Thursday 29 September. 

 

Grants Awarded

Round

Organisations

Projects

Award values

Total awarded

 

1

 

24/10/22

 

 

Harrow Way Community School

Breakfast Club

Towards the cost of providing free breakfasts for more pupils

£1,000

 

3 awards

 

£3,000

Romsey Cancer Support Centre Jane Scarth House

Warm Space

Creating a warm space for patients and families where they can also receive support

£1,000

Freedom Centre Community Hub

 

Warm Space

Creating a warm space with free food, drinks, activities and support for residents

£1,000

 

2

 

31/10/22

 

 

The Mountbatten School

 

Winter Breakfast Project

Towards the cost of providing free breakfasts for all pupils through the winter months

£585

 

4 awards

 

£6,585

Romsey Royal British Legion

Warm Hub

Providing a warm space including free food, drinks and activities such as games and films

£1,000

Citizen’s Advice Test Valley

 

Caseworker

To fund a Caseworker at the Foodbank to provide extra support to residents

£2,500*

 

Andover Foodbank

Caseworker

To fund a Caseworker at the Foodbank to provide extra support to residents

£2,500*

 

 

3

 

08/11/22

 

 

Yellow Brick Road Projects

 

A Warm Welcome

Towards the cost of creating a warm space where young people can also receive support

£1,000

 

3 awards

 

£4,400

Smannell Field School

 

Breakfast Club

For ingredients to provide pupils with free nutritional breakfasts and snacks at school

£1,000

St Mary’s Church

 

Debt & money management support

Helping provide free debt and money management support to residents

£2,400

 

4

 

16/11/22

 

 

The Mark Way School

 

Warm Winter Packs

Providing pupils and families with winter essentials during the colder weather

£1,000

 

5 awards

 

£5,220

Baby Necessities

 

Bed Poverty Campaign

Providing moses baskets, cots and beds for babies in need of these essentials

£1,000

Romsey Library – Hampshire County Council

Chat About Sessions

Providing a warm space with free activities for those seeking support and company

£720

Unity

Cost of Living Support Outreach

Running outreach sessions which provide support and information to residents

£1,500

 

Youth Options

 

Winter Essentials

Warm winter clothes for children who would otherwise not have these

£1,000

 

5

 

23/11/22

Romsey Community Services Ltd

Christmas Cracker 2022

Fresh food provisions during the fortnight over the Christmas and New Year period

£2,000

2

awards

 

£3,000

 

Andover Churches Together

Blue Monday

Providing food packages for the families of a number of Primary Schools in Andover

£1,000

 

6

 

02/12/22

Andover Community Engage

ACE Community Lounge & Warm Hub

Towards the cost of new heaters, blankets and running a Warm Hub

£855.53

 

3

 

awards

 

£2,855.53

Portway Infant School

Warm Winter Essentials

Providing families with essentials such as warm clothing, bedding and hot water bottles

£1,000

Portway Junior School

Warm Winter Essentials

Providing families with essentials such as warm clothing, bedding and hot water bottles

£1,000

 

7

 

09/12/22

Community Life Centre, North Baddesley

Warm Welcome Hub

Providing a Warm Hub with free activities, refreshments, internet access and support

£967.38

 

4

 

awards

 

£3,963.38

Wallop Primary School

Breakfast Club and winter clothing

To provide a breakfast club at the school and essential winter clothing for children

£1,000

Abbotts Ann Nursery School

 

Breakfast Club and support

To provide a breakfast club at the nursery and essential items to support families  

£996.00

Friends of North Baddesley Infant School

School Uniform project

To provide free school uniforms, including shoes and bags to those who need them

£1,000

 

8

 

16/12/22

Broughton Parish Council

Broughton Warm Space

To provide a warm space with free food, drink and fun games and activities for all ages

£950.40

 

5 awards

 

£5,146.40

King Arthur’s Way  Community Association

Warm Hub, Thrift Shop & Comfort Café

To provide a free warm space with coffee, cake and a Thrift Shop with affordable items

£1,196

Balksbury Infant School

Breakfast packages

To provide breakfast packages with non-perishable food items for families

£1,000

Balksbury Junior School

Breakfast packages

To provide breakfast packages with non-perishable food items for families

£1,000

Roman Way Primary School

Winter Essentials

To provide winter packages including items such as warm duvets, blankets and socks

£1,000

 

9

10/01/23

Carers Together -Romsey

Warm Hub with support information

To provide a warm hub with hot food along with additional support and food supplies

£1,000

 

3 awards

 

£2,833

Andover C of E Primary School

Warm Winter Essentials

To provide essentials such as bedding and clothing as well as a breakfast and dinner club

£1,000

All Saints & St John the Baptist Church – North Baddesley

Winter Warmer

To provide a warm hub with free hot food, refreshments, and IT support for individuals

£833

 

10

17/01/23

Valley Park Community Association

Valley Park Community Kettle - Warm Hub

To create a safe and warm space with free food, drinks and activities that are open to all

£1,000

 

3 awards

 

£2,550

Somborne with Ashley Parochial Church Council

Community Choir and Lunchtime Soup

To provide a warm space, a free lunch club, and community activities for all

£1,000

Wellow Parish Council

Wellow Warm Space

To provide a warm space with refreshments and social activities for local residents

£550

 

11

23/01/23

Endeavour Primary School, Andover

Cook, Educate and Eat Project

To provide families with free cooking tuition, including meals and equipment to take home

£1,000

 

4 awards

 

£3,925

Longstock Parish Council

Longstock soup and sandwich lunch club

To enable a free monthly lunch club to continue and welcome new local residents

£950

Yellow Brick Road Projects

Growing Together – Young Parents Group

Towards the cost of running a weekly support group for young parents and their children

£975

Chilbolton Parish Council

Chilbolton Warm Hub

To provide a free weekly lunch club and warm hub at the village hall for all local residents

£1,000

                                                                                         Totals to date

£43,478.31

awarded

39

awards

 

 

*Citizen’s Advice Test Valley and Andover Foodbank are working in partnership on a joint project. Citizen’s Advice Test Valley and Andover Foodbank provide essential services within Test Valley and as a result of the rising cost of living, they are supporting a significantly larger number of residents.

 

Who can apply?

  • Voluntary groups / not for profit organisations / incorporated clubs and societies
  • Informal groups established to support people with the rising cost of living (we can help you find a third party to receive the payment).
  • Parish and Town Councils
  • Schools, in relation to their wider community role

 

What can be applied for?

  • Grant applications can be for up to £1,000*
  • Grant applications can be for up to 100% of total project cost, but the amount of funding awarded will be determined as part of the review process.
  • Funding is intended to help charitable organisations and voluntary groups to support members of the community who are experiencing difficulties due to the rising cost of living.
  • This grant should not be used for the direct payment of household bills, but are otherwise unrestricted.

*For advice about larger projects, please speak with your Community Engagement Officer at Test Valley Borough Council. For contact details see here: www.testvalley.gov.uk/CEOfficers

 

What information must be provided?

  • A fully completed, signed and dated application form
  • Supporting documents (if appropriate)

What conditions must be satisfied?

  • Discuss your application for funding with your local Community Engagement Officer prior to completing an application form. The contact details of your Community Engagement Officer can be found here: www.testvalley.gov.uk/CEOfficers
  • Applications towards projects, which involve partnership working with other organisations to provide support to people during the rising cost of living, are particularly welcomed.
  • You must retain all receipts relating to the spending of this grant and we may ask to see them
  • Should the project not take place, or not be completed any unspent grant will be repayable 
  • Retrospective funding towards costs which have already been incurred is not eligible