The Household Hardship Fund

The Household Hardship Fund is now closed.

The Household Hardship Fund is a £2.5 million fund provided by The National Lottery Community Fund and Scottish Government, administered by the Corra Foundation.

  • The purpose of the Household Hardship Fund is to provide small grants to charities and community groups across Scotland who can pass the funding on directly to families and individuals on low incomes.
  • Groups can apply for up to £5,000 to provide families and individuals with cash or vouchers to meet pressing needs such as food, fuel, household items or clothing.
  • All funds must be passed on to families and individuals by 30 June 2023.
  • Please only apply for the amount of money that you are confident you can distribute by 30 June 2023. The minimum your group can apply for is £500.

The Fund aims to reach groups who:

  • Have strong local relationships with people in the community.
  • Are already supporting people in their communities on low incomes.
  • Have an annual income of less than £100,000, not including any COVID emergency grants your organisation received.
  • Please note that if your group is a food bank or pantry, or runs a project that distributes free food or meals to the community, you can apply even if your annual income is over £100,000.

Please watch this video by Grants Advisor, Rayana Mohammed, for an introduction to the fund.

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Who can apply?

Charities, community groups and social enterprises who:

  • Have an annual income under £100,000.
  • Please note if your group is a food bank or pantry, or runs a project that distributes free food or meals to the community, you can apply even if your income is over £100,000.
  • If you are not a food bank or pantry, but are a branch of a larger organisation that has a higher income, you may still be eligible to apply if your branch: has an annual income under £100,000 AND has its own bank account in its own name AND produces its own annual accounts AND has a local management committee that runs the local organisation.
  • Have a constitution or governing document stating clearly that they are not for profit.
  • Can demonstrate that they support families and individuals on low incomes within their local area.
  • Can demonstrate how they will reach families and individuals and have a clear plan to distribute cash, or vouchers where more appropriate to people’s needs, to them.
  • Can distribute the funding they apply for by 30 June 2023.
  • Two similar funds (the Winter Support Small Grant Fund and another Household Hardship Fund) were run in 2021/22. If your group received grants through those funds you are still eligible to apply to this fund if you reported on your other funding and fully spent it.

Distributing cash or vouchers can be challenging work. We expect that successful applicants to this fund will be organisations who are already supporting families and individuals on low incomes through other activities. This might include projects such as: children’s groups, lunch clubs, churches/faith groups, youth groups, food pantries/banks. This list is not meant to exclude applicants but to give an idea of the kind of organisations we expect to apply.

Please watch this video to find out more about who can apply.


Who can’t apply?

  • If your group recently received funds from the Household Hardship Fund (November/December 2022, January 2023), you are not eligible to apply again.
  • Organisations with no track record of supporting low-income families and individuals.
  • Individuals cannot apply directly to this fund. The support must reach individuals and families through charities and constituted groups that apply to this fund.
  • Sole traders.
  • Groups looking for funds for political campaigning or promoting religious activities.
  • Unconstituted groups.
  • For profit organisations.
  • Statutory organisations such as schools or nurseries.

Please watch this video to find out more about who cannot apply.


How much is available and what can it be used for?

Groups can apply for up to £5,000. The minimum your group can apply for is £500.

This funding is to be used to provide cash payments/vouchers to families and individuals in need of extra support. However, we understand that there can be costs that go along with carrying out this work. If you are awarded funding, you will receive a further 5% ‘on top’ of the amount you are awarded. The main grant is for distributing to families and individuals facing hardship, but the extra 5% can be put toward the costs of your group, or you can distribute it to the people you support, it is entirely up to you.

Examples of what cash payments or vouchers could cover:

  • food/essential items
  • fuel costs
  • phone/internet costs
  • warm clothing
  • other essentials that you can show are needed by the people you support

The total amount to be distributed to each family or individual should be decided by your organisation depending on circumstances. There is no set minimum or maximum. We ask you to estimate the number of people you will support in the application form.  Costs are very dependent on individual circumstances and we hope that the fund can be used flexibly but reach as many people as possible.

This fund promotes a cash-first (and/or voucher) response in line with Scottish Government’s Draft Plan to end foodbanks and aligned to Dignity in Practice project (Nourish Scotland & the Poverty Truth Commission). By cash-first we mean ready access to emergency income when someone has no money for food.

Helping people access welfare rights and income maximisation advice can help prevent future crisis. The Independent Food Aid Network has produced locally-tailored cash-first leaflets as straightforward resources to help identify local agencies who can help people facing financial difficulties.

What will not be funded?

This fund is to provide cash support/vouchers to low-income families and individuals in need.  Applications for other costs are unlikely to be successful. If you apply to purchase items to distribute, or to hold activities, those costs cannot be funded.

This fund cannot support running costs/activities of your group. However, if you are awarded funding, you will receive a further 5% ‘on top’ of the amount you are awarded. The main grant is for distributing to families and individuals facing hardship, but the extra 5% can be put toward the costs of your group, or you can distribute it to the people you support, it is entirely up to you.

This fund cannot cover the costs of purchasing food or other stock for foodbanks, but foodbanks could apply to distribute cash/vouchers to people they support.

Please watch this video for further information about the fund.

Organisations need to complete a short online application that asks for:

  • Information about your organisation.
  • Contact details for a member of the group.
  • How the organisation supports low income families and individuals.
  • How much money is required and how you plan to distribute it.

You will need to provide a copy of your constitution unless you are a registered charity.

A constitution is a governing document for your group or organisation. A constitution sets out aims and objectives of your group/organisation and some clear rules around how you operate and make decisions.

You will also need to provide a recent copy of your group/organisation’s bank statement, clearly displaying sort code and account number. The bank account must be in the name of your group or organisation and must be dated within the past six months.

We encourage you to apply as soon as possible, decisions will be made as applications are received. This fund will close when enough applications have been received to fully use the money available.  This is likely to happen quite quickly as demand is expected to be high.

Click here to open the Household Hardship Fund criteria.

Click here to access the application form.

Once the application is received by Corra you will be sent an email confirming this. Your application will be reviewed to ensure it meets criteria and is eligible for support. Should there be any questions or missing information someone from Corra will be in touch.

We will aim to let you know the outcome of your application within four working weeks of receiving the form.

If successful, the main contact listed on your application will receive an email advising them of the grant amount, grant conditions, and payment information. The email will also tell you about what will be required in terms of feedback and evaluation. You will be asked to report on the grant from May 2023. This will be a straightforward process to tell us about how you spent the money and how many people you reached and supported through this grant.

If unsuccessful, you will receive an email to let you know why the application did not fit the criteria and why we could not support your request.

Please send any questions to us at

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Touch of Love Outreach Aberdeen City
WIDE Aberdeen City
Let’s All Talk North East Mums (LATNEM) Aberdeenshire
Tarves Parish Church Aberdeenshire
Angus Upcycling Project Angus
Brechin Buccaneers Angus
Ardchattan Parish Church Argyll & Bute
Craigrownie Parish Church Argyll & Bute
Developing Potential SCIO Argyll & Bute
Garelochhead Station Trust Argyll & Bute
MacTaggart Community Cyber Cafe Argyll & Bute
The Community Bureau Argyll & Bute
Barvas Foodbank Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles)
Cearns Community Association Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles)
Long Term Conditions Hebrides Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles)
Manor and Castle Residents Association Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles)
North Lochs Community Association Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles)
Uig Church of Scotland Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles)
D&G LGBT Plus Dumfries & Galloway
Machars Churches Basics Food Bank Dumfries & Galloway
Camperdown and Lochee Ministry Dundee City
Community Food Hub &Freecycle Dundee City
Eighteen and Under Dundee City
Fintry Parish Church, Church of Scotland Dundee City
Funeral Link Dundee City
St Mary’ Community Centre Dundee City
The Under 12’s Project Dundee City
Ayrshire Deaf Club SCIO East Ayrshire
Catrine Community Action Plan Group East Ayrshire
Corner cupboard East Ayrshire
Crosshouse Children’s Fund East Ayrshire
Dalrymple Hollybush and Skeldon Project East Ayrshire
Gilfoot Tenants and Residents Association Action Group East Ayrshire
Inspire Family Wellbeing Initiative CIC East Ayrshire
Kilmarnock Branch Royal British Legion Scotland East Ayrshire
logan day centre user group East Ayrshire
Muirkirk Community Association East Ayrshire
Netherthird Initiative For Community Empowerment East Ayrshire
New Cumnock Community Larder Hub East Ayrshire
Onthank Men’s Club East Ayrshire
Quest for Wellbeing East Ayrshire
Recovery Enterprises Scotland CIC East Ayrshire
The Nest Wellbeing Group East Ayrshire
The Zone Youth Committee East Ayrshire
families of auchinairn coming together East Dunbartonshire
Headway East Lothian SCIO East Lothian
Lammermuir Larder Group East Lothian
North Berwick Health and Wellbeing Network East Lothian
Wallyford Community Centre East Lothian
Yester Bolton and Saltoun Church East Lothian
ERA East Renfrewshire
Thornliebank Together East Renfrewshire
Building Bridges Edinburgh City
Invisible Cities CIC Edinburgh City
JUSTNESS Edinburgh City
Leith Athletic Football Club SCIO Edinburgh City
Nether Currie Primary School PTA Edinburgh City
Project Esperanza Edinburgh City
ReAct: Refugee Action Scotland Edinburgh City
Sandy’s Community Centre Edinburgh City
Spit it Out Edinburgh City
St Teresa s Youth Club Edinburgh City
The DataKirk Edinburgh City
The Old Kirk and Muirhouse (Church of Scotland) Edinburgh City
Tron Kirk (Gilmerton & Moredun) Edinburgh, Church of Scotland Edinburgh City
Dennyloanhead Community Hall Ltd Falkirk
KLSB Community Group Falkirk
Rainbow Muslim Women?s Group Falkirk
Tamfourhill community hub Falkirk
Auchterderran Kinglassie Parish Church Fife
Brighter Futures Health Hub Fife
Buckhaven & Denbeath Community Council Fife
carea community hub Fife
Leslie Community Pantry Fife
Linton Lane Centre Fife
Methilhill and Denbeath Parish Church Fife
St Columba’s Parish Church Glenrothes Fife
Templehall and Torbain Parish Church of Scotland Fife
The Friendship Cabin Fife
The People’s Pantry Leven Fife
Touch Trust Fife
Africa Future Glasgow City
African Relief Support Glasgow City
awaz voice of the community Glasgow City
Barlanark Greyfriars Church Glasgow City
Belvidere Village Community Group Glasgow City
Carmyle Church of Scotland Glasgow City
Castlemilk Community Church Glasgow City
Castlemilk Parish Church Glasgow City
colston milton parish church Glasgow City
Cranhill Area Association Glasgow City
Drumchapel, St. Mark’s Church Glasgow City
Drumhub SCIO Glasgow City
easterhouse fa Glasgow City
Fountain Trust Glasgow City
Friends of Ashton Glasgow City
Glasgow South West Foodbank Glasgow City
Igbo Welfare Union Glasgow Glasgow City
Imo Progressive Union Glasgow City
LGBT Unity Glasgow Glasgow City
MENSELF + Community Interest Company (Ltd) Glasgow City
More Hope Foundation Glasgow City
Netherholm Area Association Glasgow City
One community Scotland Glasgow City
Parkview Parent Council Glasgow City
Partick Community Growing Project Glasgow City
Partick South Parish Church Glasgow City
Pollokshields Community Food Point Glasgow City
Purezest Shindig cic Glasgow City
Robroyston Church of Scotland Glasgow City
Scottish Asylum Seekers Resident Association (SASRA) Glasgow City
Shaping Life Glasgow City
Shettleston Community Growing Project Glasgow City
South Glasgow Childcare Partnership Forum Glasgow City
Southwestkinship group Glasgow City
Sparcs SCIO Glasgow City
St Rollox Community Outreach Glasgow City
Tea in the Pot Glasgow City
The Croft (Visitors’ Support & Advice Centre, Barlinnie Glasgow City
The Play Center Glasgow C.I.C Glasgow City
Time and Space Glasgow City
Together For Better Life Glasgow City
Turf Glasgow City
Umoja Wa Maisha Yetu Glasgow City
Universal Parenting Clinic Limited C.I.C Glasgow City
Whitehill Parent Council Glasgow City
Assynt and Stoer Parish Church of Scotland Highland
Castletown Youth Club Highland
Contin Community Council Highland
Cromarty Care Project Highland
Cromarty Youth Cafe Highland
Dunvegan Community Council Highland
Kilmuir & Logie Easter Action & Development Group Highland
Lairg Church of Scotland Highland
St Andrews Church, Golspie Highland
Sutherland Care Forum Highland
Auchmountain community resource centre Inverclyde
Inverclyde Faith in Throughcare Inverclyde
Edinburgh St Nicholas Sighthill Church of Scotland Midlothian
Friends of Lawfield Midlothian
Kinship Care Midlothian SCIO Midlothian
Loanhead Parish Church Midlothian
Midlothian Foodbank Midlothian
Newtongrange Development Trust (NDT) Midlothian
The Adelphe Community Outreach Midlothian
Aberlour Parish Church of Scotland Moray
Dufftown and District Community Association Moray
Ayrshire Communities Education and Sport North Ayrshire
blacklands community association North Ayrshire
Dalry Community Sports Club North Ayrshire
Pennyburn community association North Ayrshire
Pennyburn Regeneration Youth Development Enterprise North Ayrshire
Promoting Kilwinning North Ayrshire
Radio City Association North Ayrshire
African Lanarkshire for mental health North Lanarkshire
BallsandBoots North Lanarkshire
Cardowan Community Meadow North Lanarkshire
Craigneuk Lifelong Learning Association North Lanarkshire
Cumbernauld Poverty Action North Lanarkshire
Friends Of Kilsyth North Lanarkshire
Hope 2 Help { Cool School Uniforms) North Lanarkshire
Overtown Parish Church North Lanarkshire
Paul’s Parcels North Lanarkshire
Uddingston Burnhead Parish Church of Scotland North Lanarkshire
Moncur Memorial Church Orkney Islands
Westray Parish Church Orkney Islands
Aberuthven Village Hall Trust Perth & Kinross
Crieff Connexions Perth & Kinross
Elder Voice Perth & Kinross
Grantully, Logierait & Strathtay Church of Scotland Perth & Kinross
Perth Minorities Association Perth & Kinross
Hillhead Renfrewshire
Jambo! Radio CIC Renfrewshire
Renfrewshire Effort to Empower Minorities (REEM) Renfrewshire
Scottish Afro Caribbean Arts Association (SACAA) Renfrewshire
Shopmobility Paisley & District Renfrewshire
The Thursday Club (Glenburn, Paisley) Renfrewshire
Scottish Attachment in Action Scotland-wide
Eat Sleep Ride CIc Scottish Borders
Eyemouth Food Bank Scottish Borders
Innerleithen, Traquair & Walkerburn Parish Church Scottish Borders
AWH Protect CIC South Ayrshire
Harbour (Ayrshire) South Ayrshire
Newton Tenants Association South Ayrshire
The Auld Kirk of Ayr South Ayrshire
Burnhill Action Group South Lanarkshire
Cambuslang and Rutherglen Ethnic Minority Development Group South Lanarkshire
Champions of Autism Spectrum Together South Lanarkshire
Douglas Primary School Parent Council South Lanarkshire
Forth Community Resource Centre Steering Group South Lanarkshire
Hillhouse Link Tenant and Residents South Lanarkshire
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Craigard Club Stirling
Heart of Braehead Community Group Stirling
HSTAR Scotland SCIO Stirling
St Mark’s Church of Scotland Stirling
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Kirknewton Community Development Trust West Lothian
Lanthorn Community Association West Lothian
Stoneyburn and Bents Future Vision Group West Lothian
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