Grants Assistance

There may be times in our lives when we need a little extra help to assist with a particular problem. You may be finding it hard to feed and clothe your family following redundancy or a long-term illness. Or you may be experiencing debt or hardship due to circumstances beyond your control. Whatever the situation, you may be entitled some assistance or a grant.

There may be further help available under the BENEFITS section of this site. If you are struggling on your current income there are a few agencies who may be able to assist. If you need help managing on a low income, you may get help with budgeting through our MANAGING YOUR MONEY section. If you are struggling because of debts, please visit our DEBT section.

1. FOOD

Stockton Emergency Food Aid Information 

Stockton and District Advice and Information Service have produced a directory of where you can obtain food and toiletries in an emergency.

Click here to access the directory
Source: Stockton and District Advice and Information Service

Billingham Food Bank

The Trussell Trust foodbank network works in partnership with local churches and organisations to bring foodbanks to communities across the UK. You will usually have to obtain a voucher to obtain a food parcel which you can get through care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers, CAB and police identify people in crisis and issue them with a foodbank voucher. Foodbanks are available in Billingham and Stockton. 

Find out more information here
Source:Billingham Food Bank

Parkfield Pantry

Volunteers serve a cooked breakfast to people feeling the credit crunch. The volunteers also try to provide appropriate information or signpost to relevant agencies to help the diners.
They also try to provide clothing and organisations like the Fire Brigade are invited to come along and tell people how to keep safe.

Find out more information here
Source: Stockton Borough Council

The Moses Project

The project provides daily support, mentoring and activities for hundreds of men who have become disengaged from society, perhaps because of their addictions or unforeseen circumstances such as unemployment or mental illness. Every day we serve cooked meals (Mince & Dumplings/Pasta Bakes etc – cooked by our volunteers) and prepare food parcels for the needy.

Find out more information here
Source: Moses Project

Salvation Army

The food distributed in each food parcel is paid for by donations given to The Salvation Army churches (Corps), including some from other local churches. Salvation Army churches also fundraise throughout the year. Parcels are made up of non-perishable items such as tinned food and items such as bread, cheese and butter are kept in the freezer until needed. Parcels may also include basic toiletries and toilet paper.

Find out more information here
Source: Salvation Army

Back on Track: Crisis Support for Daily Living Expenses

Crisis support is available if you are 16 or over, a resident of Stockton Borough and have no other means of financial assistance.  Support can include:

  • Referral to a food bank.
  • Referral to appropriate support and welfare services and local community organisations for clothing and baby consumables e.g. nappies and milk.

Find out more information here
Source: Stockton Borough Council

2. CLOTHES

Back on Track: Crisis Support for Daily Living Expenses

Crisis support is available if you are 16 or over, a resident of Stockton Borough and have no other means of financial assistance.  Support can include a referral to appropriate support and welfare services and local community organisations for clothing and baby consumables e.g. nappies and milk.

Find out more information here
Source: Stockton Borough Council

Help for families with disabled children

We are the UK’s largest provider of grants to low-income families raising disabled and seriously ill children and young people. We help ease the additional pressures families face. We can help with essential items such as washing machines, fridges and clothing but can also consider grants for sensory toys, computers and much needed family breaks together.

Find out more information here
Source: The Family Fund

3. SCHOOL COSTS

School Uniform Grants

The School Clothing Grant can be paid each academic year for children in secondary education whose parents receive certain benefits. The grant available is £30 for each qualifying child.
Find out more information here
Source: Stockton Borough Council

School Meals

School meals are available to all primary school children within the Borough. Stockton Borough Council also provide school meals for several secondary schools.
For details on eligibility and how to apply click here
Source: Stockton Borough Council

School Travel

Stockton Council is required to provide home to school transport, under certain conditions. Our Community Transport Service is responsible for the management of Home to School transport for children who qualify for free transport from mainstream and special education needs from primary school age up to 19 years old.
Find out more information here
Source: Stockton Borough Council

Financial Support for School Children
For information on grants and bursaries that may be available click here
Source: Stockton Borough Council

4. HOUSEHOLD ITEMS

Help with household items

Need help to obtain household items? Download forms here to complete by hand, or complete online to apply for assistance.

For details on who can assist and to obtain application forms please click here
Source: Charis Grants

Teesside Emergency Relief Fund

Teesside Emergency Relief Fund (TERF) is an emergency grant fund to assist individuals. Any applications for clients in the Stockton on tees area MUST go through Stockton & District Advice & Information Service. The fund is focused on supporting individuals facing crisis and this must be evident in the application. The fund will provide items to ensure applicants have something to sleep on; something to cook hot food with; something to store food and medication in safely; suitable means to keep warm, dry and healthy.

Find out more information here
Source: Tees Valley Community Fund

Back on Track: Settlement Support

Back on Track: Settlement Support is available if you are 16 or over, a resident of Stockton borough (or moving into Stockton borough as part of a planned resettlement programme) and have no other means of financial assistance.  Support can include:

  • Recycled white goods
  • Recycled furniture
  • Carpets
  • Kitchen equipment

Find out more information here
Source: Stockton Borough Council

Help for families with disabled children

We are the UK’s largest provider of grants to low-income families raising disabled and seriously ill children and young people. We help ease the additional pressures families face. We can help with essential items such as washing machines, fridges and clothing but can also consider grants for sensory toys, computers and much needed family breaks together.

Find out more information here
Source: The Family Fund

Help obtaining televisions, radios and CD players

WaveLength gives TVs and radios to isolated and lonely people living in poverty. Applications must be supported by third party, known as a referee. 

Find out more information here
Source: Wavelength

5. HELP WITH ENERGY COSTS

Grants to help you pay your energy bills

If you’re struggling to afford your energy bills, you might be able to take advantage of certain benefits, grants and help offered by the government and energy suppliers.

For more information click here.
Source: Citizens Advice

Find energy grants and ways to improve your energy efficiency

You might be eligible for help with your energy bills or to make your home more energy efficient.

Find out more information here
Source: Gov.uk

Warm Home Discount Scheme

If you are a pensioner or are classed as a vulnerable customer, you may be entitled to extra help with your gas and electricity bills during the winter months, including the Warm Home Discount Scheme.
This link explains what the Warm Home Discount Scheme is, who is eligible, and how to claim it.

Find out more information here
Source: Gov.uk

Back on Track: Crisis Support for Daily Living Expenses

Crisis support is available if you are 16 or over, a resident of Stockton Borough and have no other means of financial assistance.  Support can include a voucher for energy costs (up to a maximum of 7 days).

Find out more information here
Source: Stockton Borough Council

Grants and support for energy efficiency

Whether you are insulating your home, replacing your boiler or installing a renewable technology like solar panels, there is help and support available.

Click here  for details on the different grants and support available.
Source: Energy Savings Trust

6. HELP TO PAY OFF YOUR UTILITY DEBTS

Gas, Electricity or Water Debt?

Need help with utility debt, other essential priority bills or household items? Download forms here to complete by hand, or complete online to apply for assistance.

Use this website to search for details on who can assist and obtain application forms.
Source: Charis Grants

7. HOME IMPROVEMENTS

Home Improvement Agency and Handyperson Scheme

Yorkshire Housing’s Home Improvement Agency and Handyperson service can help you live independently, safely and comfortably at home. Funded by Stockton Borough Council and other partners the service is for older people, people with disabilities or anyone who feels vulnerable at home. For more information about this service click here

To access the leaflet about this service click here
Source: Yorkshire Housing

Disabled Facilities Grants

A disabled facilities grant is a grant that you can get through Stockton Borough Council for work that is essential to help a disabled person live an independent life.

Find out more information here
Source: Stockton Borough Council

Helping Hand Loan Scheme

For more information on the scheme click here

 

8. HEALTH COSTS

Help with health costs if you are on a low income

If you have difficulty in meeting your health costs and do not qualify for any other kind of help, you may be able to get help under the NHS low income scheme. The amount of help you get will depend on the amount of income you have. For more details on health costs please visit our HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE section.

Find out more information here
Source: Citizens Advice

9. HELP FOR FAMILIES WITH DISABLED CHILDREN

Help for families with disabled children

We are the UK’s largest provider of grants to low-income families raising disabled and seriously ill children and young people. We help ease the additional pressures families face. We can help with essential items such as washing machines, fridges and clothing but can also consider grants for sensory toys, computers and much needed family breaks together.

Find out more information here
Source: The Family Fund

10. TRAVEL

Assistance to visit someone in prison

You may get help with the cost of visiting a close relative or partner in prison if you’re aged over 18.

Find out more information here
Source: Gov.uk

The Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme

You may be able to claim a refund under the 'Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme' (HTCS) of the cost of travelling to hospital or other NHS premises for NHS-funded treatment or diagnostic test arranged by a doctor or dentist.

Find out more information here
Source: NHS uk

School Travel

Stockton Council is required to provide home to school transport, under certain conditions. Our Community Transport Service is responsible for the management of Home to School transport for children who qualify for free transport from mainstream and special education needs from primary school age up to 19 years old.

Find out more information here
Source: Stockton Borough Council

11. HELP FOR SERVING MEMBERS AND VETERANS OF THE ARMED FORCES

The links below are to national websites. Both the Royal British Legion and SSAFA are SWAN members. You can access information about local services by clicking on FIND LOCAL AGENCIES WHO CAN HELP.

Grants and support for serving and ex- service people and their dependents

The Royal British Legion can provide support to serving and ex-service people and their dependents who are suffering financially. They are also there for those who need urgent assistance to get through a temporary crisis, such as homelessness.

Click here to find out what help is available.
Source: Royal British Legion

Grants and support for serving members and veterans of the armed forces and their families

SSAFA provide lifelong support to anyone who is currently serving or has ever served in the Royal Navy, British Army or Royal Air Force. They are also there for family or current and ex service people.

Find out more information here
Source: SSAFA

Support for Armed Services Personnel

Leaving the armed forces can have a huge impact on your life and your family. Not only must you find a new job and housing, but also settle your family into schools, jobs and social activities. A wide range of services are available from Stockton Council that can help with your resettlement.

Find out more information here
Source: Stockton Borough Council

 

12. GENERAL GRANTS

If you have found no relevant help to match your circumstances in the information in this section, you may wish to look at other directories which hold more information about grants and assistance that is available.

Turn2Us

Turn2us helps people in financial need gain access to charitable grants and other financial help – online, by phone and face to face through our partner organisations.

Find out more information here
Source: Turn2Us

Stockton Information Directory

The directory contains information on organisations that may help residents of Stockton Borough.

Find out more information here
Source: Stockton Information Directory

Grants for individuals living in Stockton Borough

This link takes you to information about grants available for those living in the Stockton Borough. They include information on grants for further education.
Source: Tees Valley Community Foundation

Grants for individuals

This link allows you to enter your search criteria and a list of available grants from charities is shown. Further information is given on how to apply.
Source: Directory of Social Change

13. HELPFUL TOOLS

We have provided a variety of tools below to help you with your problem but if you still need help, you can click on FIND LOCAL AGENCIES WHO CAN HELP YOU for information about local agencies who may be able to assist you further.

Please click on the links below to be taken to your desired section.

NATIONAL HELPLINES

Back on Track (Stockton Borough Council)
Phone for more information on how to apply to the fund
Telephone: 01642 524180

Citizens Advice
Advice by phone is available from Citizens Advice Bureaux 
Telephone: 0344 2451295

The Home Heat Helpline
The Home Heat Helpline is a service for vulnerable customers struggling to pay their bills. It is funded by the energy suppliers, and provides information on grants, payment schemes and benefits that may be available as well as basic advice about energy efficiency.
Telephone: 0800 336699 (freephone)

The Royal British Legion
The British Legion helps serving and ex serving members of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force and ex-Service men and women, their carers and families
Telephone: 0808 802 8080

Stockton Borough Council
School Uniform Grant and Meals: Telephone 01642 526606
School Transport: Telephone 01642 527117

WEBSITES USED IN THIS SECTION

Billingham Food Bank

Billingham foodbank provides emergency food and support to local people in crisis
http://billingham.foodbank.org.uk/

Charis Grants

Charis provides expertly tailored financial relief programmes, facilitating corporate provision through a variety of solutions to individuals and families in financial hardship. They design, develop and deliver financial relief schemes that allow businesses to reduce their costs of helping vulnerable customers, achieve corporate goals and reduce their administrative burden.
http://www.charisgrants.com/

Citizens Advice

The Adviceguide website is the main public information service of Citizens Advice, providing people with round-the-clock access to CAB information on their rights - including benefits, housing and employment, and on debt, consumer and legal issues.
www.adviceguide.org.uk

Directory of Social Change

The Directory of Social Change (DSC) is an independent charity with a vision of an independent voluntary sector at the heart of social change. We achieve this by providing essential information and training to the voluntary sector to enable charities to achieve their mission.
http://grantsforindividuals.org.uk/default.aspx

Energy Savings Trust

Energy Saving Trust helps householders, governments, businesses and organisations save energy.
www.energysavingtrust.org.uk

Family Fund

They are the UK’s largest provider of grants to low-income families raising disabled and seriously ill children and young people. We help ease the additional pressures families face. We can help with essential items such as washing machines, fridges and clothing but can also consider grants for sensory toys, computers and much needed family breaks together.
http://www.familyfund.org.uk/

Five Lamps

Five Lamps delivers an integrated range of social, economic and financial inclusion services within which we seek to transform lives, raise aspiration, remove barriers and offer choice.
http://www.fivelamps.org.uk/

Gov.uk

The websites of all government departments and many other agencies and public bodies
www.gov.uk

Home Improvement Agency- Broadacres

Our Home Improvement Agencies (HIA's), which operate in the Hambleton, Richmondshire and Stockton areas, provide support and assistance to vulnerable home owners and private sector tenants across all tenures who want to repair, maintain, improve or adapt their homes.
http://www.broadacres.org.uk/Services/Home-improvement-agency/

Moses Project

The Moses Project is a registered charitable company which provides guidance, mentoring and support to hundreds of adult males with past and current addictions to drugs and alcohol. The men usually live in chaotic circumstances and are suffering the consequences of long-term self-abuse.
http://www.themosesproject.co.uk/

NHS

Everything you need to know about NHS Choices, its services and how to get the most out of it.
www.nhs.uk

Royal British Legion

The British Legion helps serving and ex serving members of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force and ex-Service men and women, their carers and families
http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/

Salvation Army

The United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland is part of the wider international Salvation Army, which is at work in 126 countries, demonstrating Christian principles through practical support; offering unconditional friendship, and very practical help to people of all ages, backgrounds and needs.
http://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/

Stockton Borough Council

Local Authority website for the Stockton Borough
www.stockton.gov.uk

Stockton Information Directory

Local information directory from Stockton Borough Council
http://stocktoninformationdirectory.org/kb5/stockton/directory/results.page?familychannel=3055621&sortfield=title&sorttype=field

SSAFA

SSAFA provide lifelong support to anyone who is currently serving or has ever served in the Royal Navy, British Army or Royal Air Force. They are also there for family or current and ex service people.
https://www.ssafa.org.uk/how-we-help/

Tees Valley Community Fund

Tees Valley Community Foundation (previously known as Cleveland Community Foundation) was established in 1988 with £1 million match funding from the Charities Aid Foundation/Mott Bank Challenge Fund. It is one of several community foundations located across the UK that are dedicated to empowering local communities to address disadvantage and exclusion. The Foundation awards grants to the community and local people who are passionate about making a difference.
http://www.teesvalleyfoundation.org/

Turn2Us

Turn2us is a free service that helps people in financial need to access welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help – online, by phone and face to face through our partner organisations.
http://www.turn2us.org.uk/default.aspx

Wavelength

WaveLength gives TVs and radios to isolated and lonely people living in poverty.
http://wavelength.org.uk/