Cost of Living Crisis Fund

Our apologies – there was an error in our recent newsletter and we are not currently open for York.

The Cost of Living Crisis Fund has been providing funding to support groups, people and communities with the spiralling cost of living since September 2022.

In order to be able to continue supporting vital work with communities and local people who are experiencing food and fuel poverty and hardship, we are also fundraising for new donations to the Fund.

Please note, for this round we also have separate guidance notes for East Yorkshire & Hull, and for North Yorkshire:

EAST Yorkshire & Hull Cost of Living Guidance Notes – Jan 2024

NORTH Yorkshire Cost Of Living Guidance Notes – Jan 2024

We are fundraising separately for York, and will have news on that soon.

cost of living crisis fund

Size of grants

Grants up to £5,000

You can apply for providing emergency support in the form of food support, fuel support or purchasing essential items for distribution to local people. You can also apply to enable your organisation to provide activities, or create a warm and welcoming space, for people affected by the cost of living crisis.

Grants up to £10,000

For these grants we would expect funding to provide emergency support to local people as outlined above – this should be between 20% to 50% of your total ask. For community groups playing a significant role supporting their community, the remainder of your ask can also be used to support your core overheads.


Who can apply?

Before applying, please ensure that you read the guidance for your area:

East Yorkshire & Hull EAST Yorkshire & Hull Cost of Living Guidance Notes – Jan 2024

North Yorkshire NORTH Yorkshire Cost Of Living Guidance Notes – Jan 2024

Also, please read our How to Apply page for information on general eligibility

Groups applying should meet our criteria

  • Be a not-for-profit organisation
  • Have a constitution/governing document
  • Have at least 3 unrelated people on your management committee
  • Have accounts (or if you are recently established a forecast for the year)
  • Bank statement in the name of the organisation

As a general guide we consider a small charity to have an income of under £500k per annum. If your income is over this we may still be able to fund you. However we ask that you contact us before making an application.


How to apply?

Firstly, please read the correct guidance notes carefully.

Then follow the link below to apply.

Next, attach your supporting documents to your application. Alternatively, you can email them to the office. Finally, your application is only complete when we have received all your supporting documents.


When to apply?

Our next deadline is 9.00am on Monday the 12th of February 2024.

Apply now