Are you part of a household struggling financially because of Covid-19? If so, help is available through Nottinghamshire County Council’s Covid Local Support Grant, funded by the Department of Work and Pensions.
Support for children and families
Nottinghamshire County Council has already provided support to 25,800 children and young people during the school holidays through the Covid Winter Grant Scheme and will continue to do so for May half term week.
We can also provide supermarket vouchers to eligible households with children, where they are struggling to provide food and essential items, but once funds have run out, no more requests can be made to the Covid Local Support Grant.
Which households with children can access the grant?
Decisions are based on an assessment of need by a relevant professional, so we are unable to accept requests directly from members of the public. Households who do not have the means for essential food will be prioritised. In most cases, professionals making the request for support will already be known to your family.
The scheme will provide support to families accessing welfare benefits as well as families who do not receive any other financial support.
The Covid Local Support Grant also covers expectant parents, kinship carers, young people (including Care Leavers) who are living independently, for example in supported accommodation, and young people up to the age of 25 with an EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan) who meet the criteria.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can anyone ask for a voucher?
No – only households who meet the eligibility criteria can access a voucher. Households must be able to evidence that they are struggling financially because of Covid-19, e.g. recent unemployment or those accessing certain benefits.
Professionals known to you or your household will apply for the voucher for you so they will talk to you if they think you are eligible.
What if I don’t know a professional who can make the request for me?
If you have a child who goes to school or nursery, please talk to a member of staff who will discuss your needs and make a request for you.
If you have a child under the age of 5, you can contact your local Children’s Centre Service Team. Find your nearest Children’s Centre Service team
What do I need to do when I receive a voucher?
You will be sent a web link to your email account or smart phone. You can take your phone to the checkout in your chosen supermarket, and they will scan it there.
If you do not have a smart phone, please ask your support worker to print off a copy for you. Once you have your voucher you have at least a year to use it in the supermarket. More information is available here on how to use your voucher.
When will the vouchers expire?
You will have a minimum of 1 year to spend the voucher (depending on which supermarket you have selected). More information about the vouchers [PDF].
Can I access more than one supermarket voucher?
You can ask for a voucher in May 2021 and a second voucher in June 2021.
How much is the voucher worth?
Vouchers come in £30, £60 or £90, depending on the number of people in your household.
Will I get a voucher for my child, as they get Free School Meals during term time?
Yes – children and young people who are eligible for free school meals will receive a voucher or food package from their school.