Grants

We understand that sometimes you may need extra support. Find out how a grant could help you and how to apply.

Crisis and hardship grants - for individuals

Crisis and Hardship grants are available for LiveWest customers only who may be experiencing financial difficulties as a result of an unforeseen crisis or emergency. 

Our Tenancy Sustainment team will talk to you about your situation and assess your financial circumstances to determine if there is any support they can give. They may require evidence of income or savings to help them to reach a decision. 

The Crisis and Hardship grant programme aims to offer financial assistance where no other form of funding can be secured in a short period. Funding is a one-off payment that is intended to prevent an individual or family from moving into crisis or to cover an immediate need. 

Our grants can help with
•    Food
•    Emergency energy top ups 
•    Items which are a basic household necessity due to exceptional circumstances (e.g. a flood or fire in your home)

What our grants can’t be used for
•    Non-urgent costs and needs (please refer to the LiveWest Opportunity Fund Grants )
•    To cover any debts owed to LiveWest (including rent, personal service charges, rent in advance or the cost of recharged repairs) 
•    General debts or loan repayments 

Please note we cannot guarantee that applications for assistance will be successful.

If you are worried about paying your rent, please contact your Income officer. We will work with you to understand how we can help and can be flexible about collecting rent where that would make a difference. 

 

You can also call our dedicated Tenancy Sustainment duty lines if you need support in making an application.

Somerset and West of England Duty Line: 01934 526444
Devon and Cornwall Duty Line: 01392 302444. 

You may also find it useful to read our Be Money Ready section.

If you are interested in using a grant to improve the energy performance of your home please click here for further information.

Apply for a crisis and hardship grant

Our Tenancy Sustainment team will work together with you to see how we can support you.

Apply here

 

 

LiveWest opportunity fund - for individuals

The LiveWest Opportunity Fund is for LiveWest customers only.

You can apply for funding as an individual to support activities which will help you to:

•    Access education or training to improve your employment prospects
•    Undertake volunteering opportunities that supports your employment prospects, enables you to play an active part in your local community or supports steps to improve your wellbeing.
•    Overcome barriers to employment
•    Support activities to improve your health and wellbeing, improve self-confidence or reduce social isolation
•    Support you with activities to manage your tenancy
•    Improve your money management skills
•    Improve your digital skills

Before applying, please read the guidance notes.
 

Apply for the LiveWest opportunity fund

Please email completed applications to grants@livewest.co.uk

Download application form

Supporting communities grants - for groups

The aim of LiveWest supporting communities grants is to enable groups and organisations to make positive differences to LiveWest communities and the lives of LiveWest customers.

We want to focus on how we can help our customers and communities in these key areas:
•    Improving health and wellbeing
•    Social inclusion
•    Access to food
•    Increasing financial inclusion or improving financial confidence
•    Digital inclusion
•    Improving the use of internal and outside communal areas
•    Supporting the improvement of community facilities
•    Projects supporting the needs of specific groups of customers

Grants are to cover specific costs or needs of groups and organisations. Applicants must demonstrate how projects or initiatives will provide specific benefits or services for LiveWest customers and explain how they will engage and target the individuals or groups they are looking to support. 

Projects and activities must demonstrate compliance with current LiveWest and Government social distancing and other safety requirements.

Before applying, please read the guidance notes

Apply for a supporting communities grant

Please email completed applications to grants@livewest.co.uk

Download application form

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