Covid Winter Grant Scheme
If you are eligible for support through the Covid Winter 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 22 February 2021, the government announced that as part of its COVID roadmap, the COVID Winter Grant Scheme would be extended to 16 April 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 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 4
- If your child is under 2 years old and you think are eligible, please contact your health visitor.
- If your child is aged 2 to 4 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).
If you are a care leaver aged 16 to 25, we will contact you directly.