Homes for Ukraine

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What is the Homes for Ukraine scheme?

The Homes for Ukraine scheme was launched by the UK government on 14 March 2022. This scheme allows people living in the UK to sponsor a named Ukrainian national or family to come to live in the UK with them, providing they have suitable accommodation to offer.

As of the 28th July 2022 the Homes for Ukraine scheme was opened up to allow applications from those who are under 18 and not travelling with or joining their parent or legal guardian. 

For more information about the scheme, how it works and how to apply please click on the blue tab Homes For Ukraine above. 

Arrivals under the Ukrainian Family Scheme

If you obtained your visa to come to the UK under the Family Scheme, see the link below for more information :

Apply for a Ukraine Family Scheme visa - GOV.UK (

Please be aware that if you are hosting someone through the Ukraine Family scheme, you will not receive monetary "thank you" payments or formal support.  However, the majority of information contained within the Support for Guests tab above will be relevant to your guests. 

What the council's role is

Under the Homes For Ukraine scheme, local councils have been given certain responsibilities, including:

  • carrying out checks on sponsors and sponsors' homes
  • making arrangements for payments to those arriving in UK under the scheme
  • making arrangements for the 'thank you' payment to sponsors
  • helping to make sure our guests settle into life in Staffordshire

For updates, information, advice and guidance both for Ukrainian guests and their sponsors please click on the blue tabs Support for Sponsors and Support for Guests.  

Homes for Ukraine Small Grant Scheme

Community groups that are looking to help Ukrainian refugees can now apply for a special grant.

The fund, which is from Staffordshire County Council and managed by The Community Foundation for Staffordshire, will see grants of up to £10,000 awarded to community and voluntary groups that are helping resettled families.

Groups will need to be helping Ukrainian refugees who are currently staying in Staffordshire. This support can include anything from promoting physical, emotional health and wellbeing, access to English as a Second Language (ESOL) opportunities, through to helping refugees gain employment.

Those who can apply include:

  • Registered Charities
  • Constituted community or voluntary groups
  • Social Enterprises
  • Any other voluntary, not for profit organisation
  • Parish Councils are eligible to apply to develop and deliver new or additional activities, services and events

The grant scheme is open now, with funding needing to be spent by the successful recipients by December 31.

For full criteria, please visit the Community Foundation for Staffordshire website at

Any questions about the scheme should be directed to

Please note: Visa applications

Visa applications are handled by the UK Visas and Immigration service (UKVI). Unfortunately we will not be able to provide you with any information about your visa application. You can contact them on 0808 164 8810.

Translating webpages into Ukraine or Russian

You can alter the language of this website by selecting the Speak button at the top of the page and translating to your preferred option.  Those options with a speaker image, can also be read aloud in your preferred language.  This includes English, Ukraine and Russian.  More detailed instructions can be found here.

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