Apply for COVID-19 Discretionary Social Fund

About the fund

The COVID-19 Discretionary Social Fund is open to households who, due to the current COVID-19 situation, have had their employment or income reduced and are now reliant on claiming Universal Credit. 

The payments from the scheme will aid households as they transition to the new level of income.

Crisis assistance

Crisis assistance provides support by way of supermarket vouchers that can be used for groceries, household essentials, personal care items and fuel vouchers for pre-payment meters.


  • Single person, couple or lone parent
  • Income affected by COVID-19 (e.g. furloughed, laid off, or loss of income)
  • Demonstrates hardship related to the change in income
  • Having taken all reasonable steps to maximise income available to you via claiming Council Tax Support and/or Housing Benefit, Discretionary Housing Payment, Discretionary Council Tax Relief, ESA and/or Universal Credit
  • Resident in the Wandsworth Council area (and has been for at least the previous six weeks)


To apply for Crisis Assistance, please use the online application form.

We will process your application and notify you of the outcome, usually within 24 to 48 hours.

Please note that from 1 January 2020 we have been advised that British Gas payments will be unavailable at PayPoint outlets. This mean that we will be unable to issue fuel vouchers via PayPoint for this supplier. Additional Supermarket vouchers will be supplied. Please confirm within your application the name of your pre-payment energy supplier.

Get help with your application

Residents who need help to apply for a Discretionary grant can contact Citizens Advice Wandsworth (CAW) advisers by calling 020 4529 0674 from 10am to 12 noon, Monday to Friday (messages can be left during these times). Advisers will help people make an online application, and will also provide support with any debt, benefit, housing or employment issues which might be causing hardship. CAW services are all confidential and independent.

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