A new £1 million fund aimed at helping households struggling with rising living costs is now open for applications from charities and community groups.

The Household Hardship Fund, provided by The National Lottery Community Fund and administered by Corra Foundation, is intended to provide small grants to charities and community groups across Scotland who can pass the funding on directly to families and individuals on low incomes.

Groups can apply for up to £5,000 to provide families and individuals with cash or vouchers to meet pressing needs such as food, fuel, household items or clothing.

Welcoming the fund, Martin Whitfield MSP said:

“As the cost of living crisis continues to worsen, more and more households will face increased hardship this Winter. Any additional support is welcome, and this fund has the potential to provide extra help to more local households on low incomes.

“East Lothian has a good network of local charities and community groups already working with some of the most vulnerable families and individuals. They are well placed to take advantage of this funding to support people and I encourage them to apply to the Fund as soon as possible.”

Further information about the Household Hardship Fund and how to apply can be found at www.corra.scot/grants/household-hardship-fund/