Our Breathing Space Fund offers financial support to Mount Green residents who are struggling to make ends meet during the current cost of living crisis.
We set up the fund to provide temporary, short-term help to people in need who are facing hardship due to the rising costs of food, fuel, rent and other household bills.
Grants can cover up to two months’ rent or a one-off payment of £300. All applications are considered on an individual, case-by-case basis.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can apply for the Breathing Space Fund?
Anyone who rents one of our homes and is facing financial hardship. It is open to residents who have exhausted all other options for support and who, without our help, would be unable to pay their rent or afford other basic necessities. This might be due to a change in your circumstances such as losing your job, unexpected essential bills, family breakdown or benefit delays.
What can the grants be used for?
Grants can pay your rent for up to two months and will be paid into your rent account. In exceptional circumstances, grants may be used to pay for goods or services. If you receive full housing benefit but are still facing financial hardship, we may consider making a one-off payment of up to £300 instead of a payment to your rent account.
How do I apply?
If you think you may be eligible for the fund, you can ask our Welfare Benefits Officer, Income Officers or your Neighbourhood Officer or Independent Living Officer about making an application, and they will talk you through the process.
What happens next?
Whoever you spoke to about making an application will get in touch within two working days to arrange a home visit or online call to discuss your financial situation.
You will need to complete an application form and an income and expenditure form, providing evidence to support your application (such as copies of bills and bank statements).
If your application is successful, we will write to you to let you know. If your application is unsuccessful, we will tell you why we made that decision.
Will I have to re-pay the grant?
No. If you are awarded a Breathing Space grant, we do not expect you to re-pay the money. It is a one-off payment to support you during challenging times, to help you get back on your feet.
How are the grants decided?
All applicants will be treated fairly and equitably. The fund is limited and discretionary so we consider any application on a case-by-case basis, taking into account your individual financial circumstances.
What can I do if my application is unsuccessful?
If your application is rejected, you can appeal to the Assistant Director of Housing Services within 10 working days.
If further information is provided which affects our previous assessment, we may consider reviewing the decision.
Can I re-apply?
You cannot submit repeat applications. The fund is limited to one successful application per household in any one year. If your application was unsuccessful and your circumstances then change, you can apply again.
What other help can I get?
If your application is unsuccessful, our Welfare Benefits Officer will discuss how we may be able to support you in other ways and advise you about possible alternative sources of funding.