The Household Support Fund (HSF) is provided by the Department for Work and Pensions. The government released a fourth round of funding from April 2023.

If you are not a Dorset Council resident, contact your local council for details of their scheme.

Applications to the Fund

Citizens Advice in Dorset are managing some of the Fund on our behalf via a voucher scheme. Supermarket vouchers of £150 will be issued to residents who meet the eligibility criteria within 6 to 8 weeks of their application date. Applications are limited to one per household.

Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by Citizens Advice.


Dorset Council residents are eligible to apply if they have:

  • an annual household net income of less than £30,000 and
  • savings of less than £16,000 and
  • not applied for a previous HSF payment within the last 6 months

Calculations for the annual net income should not include Personal Independence Payments, Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance, Carers Allowance, or Child Benefit.

When to apply

Round 4 will open for applications at 9am on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 4 April 2023
  • Wednesday 3 May 2023
  • Tuesday 6 June 2023
  • Tuesday 4 July 2023
  • Wednesday 2 August 2023
  • Thursday 7 September 2023

Funds are limited for each application window and the form will close when they have been allocated.

School holiday vouchers

The Household Support Fund will also continue to fund Free School Meal (FSM) holiday vouchers for the May half term and summer holidays.

Parents do not need to apply, schools and Early Years settings will issue vouchers for eligible children automatically.

If you aren’t sure check if your children are eligible and find out more.

If your child attends an Early Years setting and is eligible, your setting will contact you and ask for your permission to apply on your behalf.

Your child’s school or setting may also be able to recommend you for a discretionary holiday voucher if you are in significant financial hardship including a drop in household income or loss of a job.

Get support and advice

Find out about other support on our Cost of living help pages including:

  • money, debts, and benefits
  • access to food
  • housing
  • support for children
  • energy, water, phone, and broadband cost

Household Support Fund contact

Tel: 01305 221000
Full contact details

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