School Essentials Grant

We’re delighted to announce the GroceryAid School Essentials Grant, supported by The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust is back again this year. You will be able to apply on this page from 9am on Tuesday 18th June 2024.

If you’re eligible, you may receive £150 per school-age child, for up to three children in your household.

GroceryAid supports people who work or have worked in grocery. This includes anyone who works for a supermarket, wholesaler, manufacturer, supplier, convenience store, independent grocer, petrol forecourt store or service provider to the grocery industry. We also support businesses in the foodservice wholesale sector. Grocery is considered fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sold in supermarkets or grocery stores.

  • How do I apply?

    Applications will open on Tuesday 18th June 2024 at 9am and close on Thursday 20th June at 5pm.

    In previous years the application form has closed when the maximum number of applications has been reached. This year our application form will remain open for longer, however as this is a limited fund successful applicants will be randomly generated from those who meet criteria and have provided all the information requested.

    Our aim is to make it fairer for those working shifts and to enable you to take time to submit all the correct documents so that if selected, your application will be successful.

  • Who is eligible for the grant?

    To apply for GroceryAid School Essentials Grant, you need to meet the following criteria:

    • You’ve been working for a grocery employer for at least six months
    • You’re already receiving Universal Credit / Child Tax Credit for school-age children (aged 4-18 as of 31st August 2024)
    • Your household savings/balances are less than £4,000

    You will not be eligible if you have received a grant from GroceryAid since April 2024 and if you apply, your application will be rejected.

  • What do I need to apply?

    You will need to be ready to upload onto the application form copies of:

    • A current payslip that clearly shows your name, employer and NI number
    • Your current Universal Credit statement showing the payment amount, full breakdown (including child element) and your name and address
    • If you receive Child Tax Credit then you can provide a pdf of your current bank statement showing your Child Tax Credit entry or your Child Tax Credit statement showing your name and address from Spring 2024.

    The application form is quick to complete but the most common reason for rejection is that the correct information has not been uploaded so make sure you send everything we need so you don’t miss out.

  • Has something changed in your household?

    You may be eligible for a higher grant award by applying for a Financial Grant on the GroceryAid website if you can evidence:

    • an unexpected drop in household income that means you cannot meet your priority bills
    • a traumatic event is causing a financial crisis
    • someone in your household has a long-term disability or illness
    • you’re currently homeless or at risk of homelessness
    • you need financial help if you have left an abusive relationship or when starting again after a relationship breakdown

    Please note, you can only apply for one financial grant from GroceryAid during this time. Further applications may be deleted.

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Call our free Helpline for emotional support or practical advice. We are unable to discuss grant applications on this number 08088 021 122

Live Chat Open 24/7, 365 day a year for emotional support.