COVID-19 Grants

Test and Trace Support Grants now available

Apply online on this link or call 01756 700 600.

A £500 payment to help you while you're self-isolating.

Test and Trace Support payments are one-off payments of £500 to help people who may be paid less while self-isolating. The payment will enable people on lower incomes to self-isolate when they test positive or are identified as a contact.

The scheme will run until 31 January 2021.

You can apply for a payment if you are required to self-isolate and can prove that you:

  • have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace either because you've tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive – this will include a Unique ID number

  • are employed or self-employed

  • are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result

  • are currently receiving one or more of the following benefits:

    • universal credit

    • working tax credit

    • income based employment and support allowance

    • income based jobseeker’s allowance

    • income support

    • housing benefit

    • pension credit

You must provide a recent bank statement. The payment will only be paid into the account of the person who is self-isolating.

These payments will be subject to income tax, but not National Insurance contributions.

You won't be eligible if your income is lower than normal because you are furloughed.

Covid-19 support grants are available for those facing financial difficulties due to the pandemic.

The application can be completed over the phone.

You must live in North Yorkshire, be self-isolating and unable to leave your home, not have family or friends who can help you and meet one or more of these criteria:

  • You are 70 years old or over

  • You have a long-term condition

  • You are pregnant

  • You have a weakened immune system

  • You have been made temporarily or permanently unemployed as a result of Covid-19

  • You are not entitled to statutory sick pay

  • You are waiting for a new benefit claim to be processed or you are waiting for your first Universal Credit payment

Awards are given as vouchers for food and/or energy costs at the rate of £70 for an individual, £100 for a couple and £20 each for dependent children. The vouchers will be sent to a volunteer who can use them to buy groceries/pay for electricity or gas. If a member of your household is in the shielded group and receiving food parcels from the government the rest of the family can still apply for Covid-19 grant.

To apply, call the local team for your area:

  • Hellifield, Long Preston, Settle, Bentham, Ingleton, Burton in Lonsdale, Clapham, Austwick, Horton in Ribblesdale, Langcliffe, Malham Age UK North Craven: 01729 823066

  • Skipton, Bolton Abbey, Gargrave, Embsay, Coniston Cold, Bradley AGE UK North Yorks and Darlington 01756 529654

  • Carleton, Glusburn, Cowling, Cononley, Sutton in Craven, Lothersdale, Kildwick: Glusburn Institute: 01535 872146

  • Grassington, Threshfield, Buckden, Kettlewell, Linton, Cracoe, Rylstone, Hetton, Conistone, Kilnsey, Starbotton, Hubberholme, Yockenthwaite Grassington Hub: 01756 752222.

Skipton Food Bank is organised by Skipton Baptist Church.

Skipton Baptist Church is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, registered in England & Wales, No 1181773