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Update to FSM holiday vouchers

The most recent award of funding from the government, the Household Support Fund, was used to provide vouchers for families eligible for free school meals during the October half-term and the Christmas school holidays.

The remainder of Birmingham’s allocation under this fund was distributed to Birmingham Children’s Trust, Adult Social Care and voluntary organisations in the city to support families and vulnerable adults during the winter.

This doesn’t include any further provision of holiday supermarket vouchers.  There will be no more holiday vouchers.

Information about how to access support through the Household Support Fund is available at

What support is available through the grant fund and how to apply?

Grants may be applied for up to £150 per household.

As part of the application process, individuals will be signposted to other support available to them in the locality such as: money and welfare advice, utility support, food bank/pantry, and connect families with local community resources.

There are 5 categories of support that can be applied for:

  1. Food
  2. Gas, electricity, water
  3. Essentials linked to gas/electricity/water costs
  4. Wider essentials
  5. Housing costs

How are grants paid?

Hardship grants are paid directly into the applicant’s bank account.

Alternative arrangements can be put in place if you do not have access to your own bank account.

This process can take up to a total of five working days so that necessary financial checks can be completed, including fraud detection measures.

Additional support

Additional support is also available through Birmingham's existing Local Welfare Provision (LWP) scheme which helps vulnerable people in short-term crisis with food and essential items.

Parents can apply for Free School Meals via the academy website or by using the link below:

Online FSM Application (

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