If you or someone you know are experiencing financial hardship as a result of Covid, struggling to afford food or other essentials, Richmond AID and Citizens Advice Richmond (CAR) may be able to help with a DEFRA emergency assistance grant for food and essentials. The grant can be up to £500 for households with two children or £300 for household without children, states MP Sarah Olney’s latest newsletter. This grant is for food and essentials like gas and electricity, winter clothes, beds, etc.
Applicants must be over 18, live in the borough of Richmond and be struggling from the impact of Covid, for example due to:
- Reduced pay or lost job
- Benefits issues
- Struggling to afford food and other essentials
- Extra costs as a result of Covid
Individuals with no recourse to public funds are also eligible, particularly if
- there are community care needs
- they have serious health problems
- there is a risk to a child’s wellbeing
Richmond AID and Citizens Advice Richmond can talk to you about the grant and advise you on a range of different options or support available to you.