Funds and freebies: monthly highlights

Find a selection of the grants available to schools across a range of areas, and details of freebies your school can access. You can also learn about cost-of-living support available for your school and community.

updated on 25 January 2023
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Cost-of-living support

Encourage your leaders to share these ideas to support pupils and families

The government’s cost-of-living payment is available for those receiving certain benefits or tax credits. Those who are eligible can get up to 3 different types of payment depending on their situation:
  • A cost-of-living payment, for people receiving a qualifying low income benefit or tax credits
  • A disability cost-of-living payment, for people receiving a qualifying disability benefit
  • A pensioner cost-of-living payment, for people entitled to a winter fuel payment for winter 2022 to 2023

Citizens Advice has guidance for people who need help with school costs. This includes advice on how to get:

  • Free school meals (FSM)
  • Help to pay for activities and uniform
  • Help with transport to and from school

The Warm Welcome Campaign has a searchable map to help people find a warm welcome space near them. The campaign is supporting more than 3,000 organisations that have opened their doors to provide a warm welcome for those struggling to heat their homes this winter.