Household Support Fund

We are processing applications as quickly as possible, but please allow three weeks for us to get back in contact with you.

Bromley households and families who are facing financial hardship can now apply for financial support to pay for food, utilities and other essentials.

Make an application

Household Support Fund application

Both self-referrals or referrals are accepted, including from any frontline professionals who provide support to households.

What is the grant for?

Food and utilities – to buy food or help pay household energy and water bills.

Other essentials like soap, sanitary products, bedding, warm clothing, cooker, fridge freezer, heater or other essential household items.

Payments will be made electronically or by e-voucher.

Can I claim this grant?

You may be eligible for support if you are a resident of Bromley and your household is vulnerable.

Vulnerable households are defined as those that are struggling to afford essential food and utility bills and have no other available support. Grants are available for families with or without children.

A maximum of one grant per household can be issued to eligible applicants. Grants are subject to fund availability. Supporting evidence should be provided at the time of your application to prevent a delay in processing your application.

Details of the supporting evidence required is explained in the application form and in the supporting evidence section of the Household Support Fund Policy 

If you require food vouchers during school holiday time and your child attends a Bromley school, you should make contact with your child’s school.

The council will issue a maximum of one grant per household to eligible applicants during the grant scheme period. Grants are subject to fund availability.

How long will the scheme be available for?

The scheme is available from 8 November 2021 until 31 March 2022 (subject to fund availability).  All vouchers distributed under the scheme will expire prior to the end of April 2022 and must be used before the expiry date.

How will I know what the council’s decision is?

We will email a notice of our decision to you and your referral partner. It will be the responsibility of the referring party to inform you in writing of what you have applied for if you do not have an email address.

You and your referral partner/agency will receive written notice of the decision. This will explain the decision and how the award will be made if you have been successful.The scheme is available from 8 November 2021 until 31 March 2022 (subject to fund availability).  All vouchers distributed under the scheme will expire prior to the end of April 2022 and must be used before the expiry date.

Scheme background

This is a government initiative, paid through the council, specifically to provide support to households defined as vulnerable, who are most in need of support this winter as the economy recovers.

The Department for Work and Pensions has awarded councils with funding under the Household Support Fund designed for households and families defined as vulnerable who require support.

How are we managing the risk of fraudulent applications?

We must make sure that all applications are made legitimately.  If you falsely declare your circumstances, provide a false statement, or provide false evidence in support of your application, you may have committed an offence under the Fraud Act 2006.  We have a zero-tolerance approach to fraud and financial irregularity. We are making anti-fraud checks and all suspicions of fraud relating to this scheme will be referred to Bromley Police.