There are a number of grants that can offer you financial assistance. Find out more below:
Prevention and early help fund (external link) – formerly named the care and urgent needs grant. If you are aged 16 or over and a care leaver or require additional support to stay in the community then the prevention and early help fund run by Lancashire County Council may be able to provide funding for essential items like food, clothing and fuel for a temporary period or essential items if you are moving due to domestic violence or a disaster (such as a flood/fire).
The British Gas Energy Trust (external link) – if you are struggling to pay outstanding energy debts, need a replacement boiler or repair, or you need white goods but are unable to buy them, the British Gas Energy Trust may be able to assist. You will need to complete the online application and provide any additional proofs as required.
Food banks – There are several food banks in West Lancashire for residents within the borough that work on a referral system.
Free School Meals (external link) – A service provided by Lancashire County Council. All children in reception, year one and year two in primary school are eligible for free school meals. Children in other years may qualify if you receive certain benefits and young people over the age of 16 can apply if they claim benefits in their own right.
Help towards the cost of school uniforms (external link) – A service provided by Lancashire County Council. This is provided in exceptional circumstances. Please see the website for a full list of criteria. To apply you would need to contact your local area education office on 01772 531809 or write to them at: South Area Education Office, Level 1 Christ Church Precinct, County Hall, Preston, PR1 8RJ.