Household Support Fund

Voluntary sector grants - HSF

We can award grants to organisations who help our community with:

  • home improvements
  • food poverty
  • tenancy support
  • benefits advice
  • budgets and finance
  • winter support and warmth
  • energy support
  • supporting the Gypsy, Romany and Traveller (GRT) community
  • winter meal programmes

Criteria and guidelines

Before applying, read the Household Support Fund Grant Framework and individual grant project briefs that outline the principles and criteria for these grants. 

We encourage organisations to work together when making applications to make sure support can be offered across all areas of North Northamptonshire in both town and rural communities.

The following can apply:

  • town and parish councils
  • charities
  • community and voluntary groups
  • clubs
  • not-for-profit organisations

The application must be completed by the requesting organisation. Applications will only be accepted from organisations whose activities are not carried out for profit, that are properly constituted, efficiently run and subject to prudent financial management.

All support must be offered to both town and rural communities across North Northamptonshire.

Successful applications will be awarded grant funding on receipt of signed agreement and Household Support Fund 4 grant funding must be spent by 31 December 2024.

We can help fund:

  • up to 10% core running costs - heat and light, insurance rent or premises costs, office costs, etc
  • programme or direct costs which are directly relevant to the individual grant project brief
  • projects or activities that supports households in need of support to cover the essential living costs such as food, clothing, utility bills and household costs
  • travel and transport costs associated with events in Northamptonshire related to grant distribution
  • hire or purchase of equipment for meeting project needs
  • technical assistance - where third-party support is required to meet the project outcomes
  • publicity, marketing but not political lobbying
  • volunteer expenses

We can't help fund:

  • applications from households based outside of the North Northamptonshire Council boundary
  • requests for grants from organisations which are discriminatory, political, or are classed as religious conversion
  • where there is statutory funding provision available
  • costs that can be claimed back from elsewhere e.g. VAT
  • costs that are not auditable e.g., cash payments unsupported by an approved financial system
  • costs towards the provider organisations banking charges or repayment of debt
  • payments made to individual members of an organisation who have a personal financial interest
  • retrospective costs e.g., activities completed, or costs incurred before the agreement of funding
  • programmes or activities which are considered the core activity of national or regional government, Government departments, or arms-length body, such as health or education
  • gifts and prizes
  • alcohol
  • employee costs, including salaries - unless agreed by the funder
  • political lobbying
  • training costs
  • works to facilities that are or should be subject to an insurance claim

The following conditions apply for successful applicants:

  • funding awards are paid upon receipt of a signed grant agreement
  • this grant is not transferable between projects or organisations
  • a grant is awarded on the basis of information provided in the application
  • should this information be found to be misleading or in the event that they supported project is cancelled, the council will be entitled to be repaid the grant monies
  • it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure they have all relevant consents and permissions in place (i.e. planning permission, DBS checks, and licenses)
  • a grant award does not give permission to proceed with any work without the correct statutory authorisation
  • successful grants awarded must comply with appropriate monitoring systems, including a final report and any relevant documentation such as receipts
  • all parties must protect Personal Data as defined in the Data Protection Act 2018 and the UK General Data Protection Regulations
  • successful applicants shall acknowledge the funding from the Department of Work and Pensions and support in any advertising relating to the delivery of the project

The council will retain your personal data for the purposes of processing this application. Further details can be found in the Household Support Fund Grant Framework Privacy Notice.


To apply, you will need your:

  • certificate of public liability insurance in the sum of at least £5 million
  • constitution or governing documentation
  • equality policy 
  • year end accounts
  • organisation privacy notice
  • child protection statement (if applicable)
  • vulnerable adults statement (if applicable)

Missing documentation will result in your application being rejected. 

Applications are now closed.

Next steps

The Grants Funding Panel and Oversight Board will be responsible for assessing and awarding the grants.

The Panel will be responsible for the assessing and recommendations which will be put forward to the Oversight Board. The Oversight Board will then make the final awarding decision.

A decision will be provided within 2 months of the closing date.


View our cost of living section for other support available in the area.

For queries relating to the Household Support Fund Grants Framework please email [email protected].

The Household Support Fund is financed by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Last updated 04 December 2023