Funding focusing on cost of living

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Below is a list of ongoing grants focusing on the cost of living.

Please note: the ongoing grants listed below do not represent all the funds available to groups.

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Please note this page is reviewed monthly. For this reason, please always have a look at the funder’s websites for up-to-date information. If you know of other sources to be included below please email

Advantage Coast Programme

Discretionary grants are available for organisations in Scarborough and Bridlington to assist those furthest from the workplace move closer to employment and support businesses to grow and be sustained. (Deadline: ongoing).

Big Issue Invest - Big Energy Saving Loans

Big Issue Invest is offering loan finance between £20,000 to £150,000 to social enterprises and charities in England, for energy efficiency and renewable energy installation. This lending programme is aimed at enabling social enterprises and charities to access loan funding to help save money on energy during the unprecedented cost of living crisis. Applications can be made at any time.

Cash for Kids - Cost of Living Grants

Grants available to charities, community groups and professionals to help disadvantaged children across the UK during the current cost-of-living crisis. Grants are for £50 per child per household. Professionals within a governing body (e.g. social services, GP, teacher, charity, community group etc.) are eligible to apply on behalf of families in need. Costs such as food, clothing (including school uniform) and household energy are supported by the grant but any other item or cost is considered if children’s most basic needs are to be met. Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis and applicants are advised to submit early as the scheme will close when funds are depleted.

COSARAF – Hardship Grants

Grants of up to £2,000 are available for third party social organisations to support individuals and families who are in financial need and have exhausted all other sources of funding. This fund aims to support individuals and families who are struggling with everyday costs, such as basic living expenses, household items and utilities, or rent arrears. No deadline specified.

Cost of Living Crisis Fund

Grants are available for charitable organisations across North and East Yorkshire to support their communities during the current cost of living crisis. There are three levels of grant now available:

  • Up to £2,000 – to provide emergency support to local people affected by the cost of living crisis
  • Up to £5,000 – to provide emergency support to local people (up to £2,000) and to support core overheads of community groups playing a significant role supporting their community (up to £3,000).
  • Up to £10,000 – to support core overheads and staffing costs of key community hubs in North and East Yorkshire open all week (up to £8,000). For these grants, the funders also expect some funding to be used to provide emergency support to local people (up to £2,000).

The panel will be meeting on a regular basis.

Cost of Living Fund – North and East Yorkshire

North and East Yorkshire charitable organisations can apply to Two Ridings Community Fund for grants up to £10,000 to support their communities during the current cost of living crisis. No deadline specified.

Crowdfunder Cost of Living Crisis Emergency Fund

Crowdfunder are supporting projects that tackle food poverty caused or accelerated by the cost of living crisis. Projects can get up to £5,000 for their community food project. This fund has been donated by members of the public who want to support community projects through the cost of living crisis. The Fund will close when the funds are fully allocated.

Friends of the Elderly - Grants for Older People

Small grants are available to support older people living on low incomes in England with the costs of home essentials, unexpected large bills, living costs and getting connected online. The maximum grant value for Digital Connections, Home Essentials or Financial Support is £400, or £500 for households where two or more people are eligible for grants (eg a couple, siblings, friends living together at the same address). The maximum grant value for Essential Living Costs is £250 or £315 for joint applications.

Applications are only accepted from a Referral Agent who knows the older person in a professional or community capacity. Referral Agents can include: housing associations, local authorities, charities, community organisations, social workers, advice providers, health centres, cultural and religious centres etc. Guidance notes and FAQs are available on the Friends of the Elderly website. Applications can be made at any time.

Help for communities with the cost of living

The cost of living crisis is really hitting hard for many people living in our communities. How do charities, community groups and voluntary organisations help those who are struggling? We’ve pulled together a range of information and support not just to help you support individuals and communities, but to also help you as the voluntary and community sector in North, South and West Yorkshire. Please note we will be bringing you updates on funds and funders that are supporting groups with the cost of living crisis.

LandAid - Routes Out of Homelessness Programme

Discretionary grants are available to small and medium sized charities for building work as part of the refurbishment or creation of bed spaces for young people who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness. Deadline: 23 February.

South Yorkshire Community Foundation

Discretionary grants are being offered to community groups that are helping individuals facing hardship and groups working to build stronger and healthier communities in South Yorkshire. Deadline: ongoing.

Thrive Together Fund

Unrestricted funding of between £25,000 and £150,000 is available to unlock the growth of eligible charities and social enterprises who are trading and looking to grow or diversify their business models. Organisations must work in the environmental or poverty sector and have been operating for two years or more, with a turnover of more than £100,000. Applications will be accepted at any time.

Utilita Giving - Grants for Charities and Organisations

Utilita Giving accepts applications for charities or groups that support people in fuel and food poverty.  Examples include funding for paid staff to run a fuel poverty advice helpline or funding for a new van or transport for foodbank charities to collect and redistribute food. Deadline: ongoing.

VCSE Energy Efficiency Scheme

The VCSE Energy Efficiency Scheme is designed to help voluntary, community, and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in England improve their energy efficiency. The scheme is part of a package of over £100 million of support being delivered by the Government to help organisations with the cost of living. (Deadline: August 2024).