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COVID Winter Grant Scheme

About the scheme

The government has provided funding for local authorities to support vulnerable families over winter. This is the COVID Winter Grant Scheme.

In Merton, qualifying families who apply by 31 January 2021 can get one £40 voucher for each eligible child to provide assistance over the Christmas period.

Families applying from 1 February 2021 will receive a £20 voucher for each eligible child to provide assistance over the February half term. Families that applied before 1 February 2021 and were found to be entitled will also receive a £20 voucher for each eligible child.  If you applied before 1 February 2021 please do not submit a new application for the £20 half term payment. Your details are on record and the voucher will be sent to you automatically. There is no need for you to apply again.

The scheme is administered differently in other boroughs, so if you have a child attending a non-Merton schools you should check with the relevant school or borough council for details of their scheme.

Applications for the Winter Grant Scheme will be accepted and processed up until 8 March 2021.

Who can get a grant

You are eligible to receive a grant from Merton Council if any of these four criteria apply to you:

  1. You live in Merton and have a child who is a young carer
  2. You are a recent care leaver living in Merton
  3. You have a child aged 5 or over who attends a Merton state school, and you receive at least one of the benefits listed below
  4. You live in Merton, have a child under 5 who is not attending a Merton state school or Merton nursery, and you receive at least one of the benefits listed below

If you meet criteria 3 or 4 above, you must also receive one or more of these benefits to be eligible for a grant:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

How to get your grant

If your child gets free school meals at a Merton school

If your child attends a Merton state school and you have registered for free school meals or the Pupil Premium because of your family's financial circumstances, you don't need to do anything. Your child's school will arrange for a voucher to be provided to you.

If your child is 5 or over and isn't registered for free school meals

We recommend that you contact the school to register, but if you can't do that and your child attends a Merton state school, you can fill in our Pupil Premium online application form. If you have already submitted an application, please do not submit a new form.

If your child is under 5 and doesn't attend a Merton school or nursery

If you live in Merton and have a child aged under 5 who is not attending a Merton state school or Merton state school nursery, you need to complete the COVID Winter Grant Scheme application form.

Your details will be checked and you will receive an email confirming whether you are entitled. If you are found to be entitled, your outcome will include your voucher. Applications are being processed daily but please note that if you are found to be eligible, it may take a few days for your voucher to be received. 

Young carers and recent care leavers

Vouchers have been issued to all young carers and recent care leavers. Please contact us if you haven't received your voucher.

Where the vouchers can be used

Vouchers can be used at the following supermarkets:

  • Aldi
  • Asda
  • Iceland
  • M&S food
  • Morrisons
  • Sainsbury's
  • Tesco
  • Waitrose

Contact us

Should you have any questions regarding the COVID Winter Grant Scheme, please contact winter.grant@merton.gov.uk.