Funded by uk governmentThe Department for Work and Pensions introduced the Household Support Fund (HSF) in October 2021. The HSF grant is funded by the UK Government and has now been extended to the 30th of September 2024, they also provide a Cost of living hub. We have been awarded £2.78 million and will be using it to provide a range of services. 

Local Welfare Provision

If you need help with food, gas, electric or household goods, you can apply for Local Welfare Provision.

You do not need to receive benefits to apply for this help.

We will check

  • your identity
  • you live in Bolton
  • what your income and expenses are

This information helps us to work out if you need help from Local Welfare Provision.

.Apply for Local Welfare Provision  

Children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM)

Families who already receive FSM or who meet the criteria for FSM but have pre school age children, will get help during the holiday periods. 

You do not need to apply, vouchers will automatically be sent to you. 

Support for care leavers, disabled residents and pensioners

Over £500,000 has been approved to provide targeted support for care leavers, disabled residents and pensioners.

Money Skills

Supporting Bolton residents with free, impartial, finance and debt advice, budgeting and energy advice. Visit

Bolton Care and Repair

Supporting eligible residents with boiler servicing, repairs or replacement and other essentials. Visit

Community Support

The Household Support Fund is also being used to provide grants to a range of community-based organisations via Bolton’s Fund (Bolton CVS).  These organisations will be providing a range of support across the Borough to residents in financial need.