Cost of Living Crisis News Round-up - Other Sources of Grant Funding part 2, October 2022

Here is the 2nd part of specific funding announcements and resources aimed at helping charities continue their work to help others during the country’s Cost of living Crisis.

Due to the varying nature and progress of public policies and other related activity, MVA do advise that some of the information below may have changed since the time of its issue, and whilst every effort has been made to provide up-to-date details, they ask that readers please check with each organisation’s website for the latest news.

Lightening Reach Portal
The web portal from Lightening Reach (LR) aims to help visitors find and apply for support from multiple providers quickly and easily.

Built during the pandemic, this portal offers information and access to grants, local schemes, and discounted tariffs to those struggling financially and need help with money.

LR say by creating a one-time profile which can be used to access a range of support, visitors can apply for a tailored range of support from their growing list of trusted providers.

LR say they will be adding new providers over time, which visitors can check to see if they are eligible to apply for and benefit from their support by signing up and completing a profile.

They also provide list of emergency assistance and support for those facing urgent and difficult circumstance and may require some immediate assistance or advice.

More information about the portal is available at the LR website.

Citizens Advice - Cost of Living Help
National organisation Citizens Advice provide a comprehensive range of different forms of help, further guidance, and links to support people struggling through the cost-of-living crisis.

This guidance covers various topics including details about benefits people can qualify for, Local Council and Government funding, help with essential costs, charitable grants, help for pension holders and more.

To view this cost-of-living help and guidance, visit the Citizens Advice website.

Citizens Advice Medway (CAM) continue to provide help and support to local people in crisis or who are struggling to afford essentials in these challenging times.

You can contact CAM on 01634 383760. You can also email CAM at

Cost of Living Support from Companies
As part of their Help for Households scheme, the UK Government recently announced a growing shortlist of companies that are offering support to those struggling financially.

From food and retail to energy suppliers, this growing list shows the offers available from businesses and shops to help with the cost-of-living.

More information can be found at the UK Government’s dedicated website.

Working to provide resources to support the charity sector achieve and succeed, The Charity Excellence Framework CIO (CEF) offer a growing list of further support for Small Businesses and Enterprise, Community Groups, Charities, and similar organisations nationwide.
To find out more, visit their website.

MVA are also continuing their efforts to provide support and advice for the Charity Sector during these challenging times with their Reference Guide to Cost Cutting Measures, available in their Advice and Support pages.

If you would like to see coverage of specific news or subject to help your charity, your project, your community group or enterprise, you can get in touch by email at, you can also contact MVA via the website.