COVID-19 Winter Grant Scheme

If you have already applied and received a Winter Grant fund from us, you do not need to reapply - you'll receive your payment during February
Applications will reopen in late January 2021

The COVID-19 Winter Grant Scheme has been set up to support families and individuals who are struggling financially over the winter.

This is a national scheme, designed to help with the cost of:

  • food
  • energy - including heating, cooking and lighting
  • water bills - including sewerage charges
  • other essentials related to food, energy and water bills - for example food preparation 

Download our COVID-19 Winter Grant Scheme policy

Can I apply for a winter grant?

Applications will reopen in late January 2021

You can apply for a winter grant if you live in Rutland and meet the eligibility criteria that applies to your situation:

I live in a household with children aged under 19

You may be eligible for a grant if you are in receipt of at least one of these benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit - as long as you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and your annual gross income is no more than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Universal Credit - your household income must be less £7,400 a year after tax and not including any benefits you get
  • Support under Part VI (part 6) of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

If your family are receiving support from social services or our early help team you may also be able to apply for this grant.

I live in a household without children / I live alone

You may be eligible for a grant if you are responsible for paying property costs (for example rent or utility bills) and are in receipt of at least one of these benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Universal Credit - your household income must be less £7,400 a year after tax and not including any benefits you get
  • Support under Part VI (part 6) of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

How to apply

If you have already applied and received a Winter Grant fund from us, you do not need to reapply - you'll receive your payment during February

Applications will reopen in late January 2021

You can apply online by completing the form that will be available on this page, or you can be referred through one of our support services - for example children's or adults social care, or early help in late January 2021.

We aim to process your application within five working days. 

To help us do this, please make sure you submit all the relevant documents with your application. 

How will I find out if my application has been successful?

If your application is successful, we will email you.

What is the deadline for applications?

You need to apply by 14 December 2020 if you would like the payment before 18 December (end of the autumn term).

If you apply after 14 December, payment may take up to five working days from the date you submit your application.

You will be able to apply for another payment during the spring term.

How will I receive my payment? 

You will receive vouchers, which you can use towards food and household goods. 

Direct payments for utility bills may be issued.

How much will I get?

This will depend on:

  • your circumstances
  • how much demand there is for the scheme

We have limited funds, and when the money's been spent, we won't be able to pay further awards.

As a guide:

Households with children aged 0-19:

  • food (£3 per day) - £30, a further £15 will be awarded in the February half term if needed
  • utilities - £28
  • other - £18
For example: Mr West has 2 children aged 5-19 and is eligible for a grant. He applies for help with food and electricity. He is awarded a payment of £118.00 (2 x £45 + 1 x £28) 


Households without children / individuals:

  • food (£3 per day) - £30
  • utilities - £28
  • other - £14

For example: Ms Baxter lives alone and is eligible for a grant. She applies for help with food and water rates. She is awarded a grant of £44.00 (1 x £30 + 1 x £14) 

Frequently Asked Questions

Applications will reopen in late January 2021

Can I use the grant to pay my rent / pay off debt?

You cannot use the grant for rent or to pay off debt.

Why are you asking to see a bank statement?  

This is mainly to prevent fraud and error. 

We need to make sure that we only provide support to people who live in Rutland. 

We also check to make sure the bank account details you provide match those on the application form.  

Please make sure that the documents you upload are legible - if they aren’t, we won’t be able to process your application promptly. 

Will the payment be made into my bank account?   

Food payments will be made through an e-voucher, which will be emailed to you by a third party.  

Utility payments will be made into your bank account. 

If you are overdrawn, we can give you a letter to take to your bank to appropriate the funds - this means the bank cannot take all the payment and use it to pay off your overdraft.  

I don’t know if I will qualify, who can I talk to about this?  

Regretfully, we can’t respond to calls about this. 

This is because we will have many applications to process in a short space of time, so we need to dedicate the resources we have to do this.

If you have a query, you can email us: enquiries@rutland.gov.uk  

I can’t complete an online form, who can help me?  

Ideally you could ask a family member to help you, but if you cannot do this, call our customer services team: 01572 722577.   

Why do you want to know if I have a social worker? 

If you have a social worker or early help worker supporting you, we'll let them know that you've applied for a grant, so they won’t need to make a referral on your behalf.  

Why do I need to let you know if my circumstance change?  

We can only make payments to people who are eligible to claim. 

Here are a few examples of a change that you need to tell us about: 

  • you start work
  • you change address 
  • you are no longer eligible for the benefit you told us you are receiving 
  • a child you declared no longer lives with you  
  • you need to declare another child (i.e. given birth) 
  • you have changed bank account 

To tell us about a change in your circumstances, email: enquiries@rutland.gov.uk

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