Scottish Welfare Fund
The Scottish Welfare Fund is made up of 2 different grants.
To apply for a grant from the Scottish Welfare Fund you must be:
- 16 or older
- on a low income or getting certain benefits
There are different grants you can apply for depending on your circumstances. You do not need to pay these grants back.
- Crisis Grant – to help with an unexpected emergency like a fire or flood, losing your money or your job
- Community Care Grant – to help you or someone you care for to start to live, or to carry on living, a settled life in the community
You can get a Crisis Grant to cover the costs of an emergency.
Examples of this could include if:
- you need help to get food or with heating costs
- there’s a fire or flood at home
- you’ve lost money
- an unexpected crisis happens
- you’re a victim of domestic abuse and you need help with things like moving away from an abuser
- you’re a grandparent or other relative who has taken over caring for a child, and you’re waiting on a transfer of benefits
- you’re facing a gap in your normal income because of a redundancy or change at work
The Comhairle will tell you the outcome of your application within 2 working days.
Community Care Grant
You may be able to get a Community Care Grant if:
- you’re leaving care or imprisonment and need help to start a settled home
- you’ve been homeless, or living an unsettled life, and need help to start a settled home
- you need support to stay out of care
- you’re caring for someone who’s been released from prison or a young offender’s institution
- you’re experiencing great pressure and need help to keep a settled home
- you’re escaping domestic abuse
- a child’s health is at risk
The Comhairle will tell you the outcome of your application within 15 working days
Who can apply for a Crisis/Community Care Grant?
To get a Crisis Grant you need to be on a low income. This does not mean you need to be on benefits.
There’s no figure that confirms whether you’ve a low income. As a guide, if you’re on one of the benefits below, or your income is about the same as someone who is, it’s more likely you can get a grant:
- Income Support
- Pension Credit
- Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) – Income based
- Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) – Income based
- Universal Credit
If you have savings or money available to you, you will be less likely to get a Crisis Grant. If you have savings of over £700, or £1,200 if you get a pension, you’ll be less likely to get a Community Care Grant.
Crisis Grants are limited to a maximum of 3 in 12 months and no more than 1 in 28 days. A payment may be made outwith these limits in exceptional circumstances.