Cost of Living Fund launched

1 June 2022

We are pleased to launch our Cost of Living Fund, which aims to increase our support to women who are likely to be disproportionately affected by the rise in the cost of living.

According to recent research there are approximately 2.5 million women in persistent poverty and over the last 6-12 months we have experienced an overwhelming 300% increase in demand from women requesting support to help with rising costs, such as energy bills, fuel prices, food and basic essentials.

As an independent charitable trust, we only have enough funds to support 30% of these applications which is why applications to this fund can only be made by women referred to us by our specially targeted Cost of Living Fund partner organisations.

Paul Carbury, CEO of the Smallwood Trust said, “Our previous work has shown that collaborative working can have a greater impact on supporting women experiencing poverty, which is why this approach is crucial in helping reach those most at risk during the cost of living crisis.”

For more information on the Cost of Living Fund visit: https://www.smallwoodtrust.org.uk/grants-individuals-COST%20OF%20LIVING