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Following a steep rise in cases across the region, the whole of the North East has been named as an area that will receive additional support. You can read the latest statement from LA7 leaders. There are no additional restrictions on the area or residents but with cases of Covid higher than ever before everyone is asked to continue to act carefully and responsibly. Further information will be provided as it becomes available. See Covid-19 advice and information for advice on how to stay safe. Thank you for playing your part in helping to keep the North East open and protect others.

Covid Local Support Grant


If you are eligible for support through the Covid Local Support Grant scheme, we will contact you directly. Initial support will be a food voucher which you can choose to spend at ASDA, Morrisons, Sainsbury or Tesco.

On 21 June 2021, the government announced that as part of its Covid roadmap, the Covid Local Support Grant would be extended to 30 September 2021. If you are eligible, we will contact you directly.

This scheme is for support over the holidays. See free school meals for information about free school meals during term time.

To receive support for school children during the Easter break, make sure that you apply for free school meals if your child is eligible (and you haven't already applied).

If your child already receives free school meals through the Universal Infant Free School Meal scheme but would be eligible without this, to receive support during February half term, you should apply for free school meals.

Who is eligible for support

School children

School children who receive free school meals (excluding children who receive free school meals under the Universal Infant Free School Meal scheme). 

If your child is eligible for free school meals, you may be eligible to receive these vouchers. Schools and colleges are supplying the vouchers

If you do not receive any information and believe you should have done, or if your circumstances have changed and you feel you should be entitled, please contact your child's school or college directly as soon as possible.

Children up to the age of two

  • If your child is under two years old and you think are eligible, please contact your health visitor. 
  • If your child is aged two to four years old and you think you are eligible, you will be contacted by your child's nursery or childminder, or if your child doesn't attend an early years setting, please contact your health visitor.

If you're not sure whether you're eligible, refer to the eligibility criteria on our Apply for free school meals page (under Primary and secondary).

Contact us
County Durham Together Community Hub
03000 260 260
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