Best Start Grant

Best Start Grant comprises two cash payments that you can apply for if you're a parent or a carer.

You can get these payments:

  • if you have a child who's the right age for a payment
  • whether you're in work or not, as long as you're on certain payments or tax credits

Available Grants

  • Pregnancy and Baby Payment
    The Pregnancy and Baby Payment is part of Best Start Grant, a package of three payments that will give extra money to low income families during the early years of a child’s life. Best Start Grant School Age Payment opens for applications on 3rd June and Best Start Grant Early Learning Payment will be available by Summer 2019
  • Early Learning Payment
    The Early Learning Payment is part of Best Start Grant, a package of three payments that will give extra money to low income families during the early years of a child’s life. It is a £250 payment made between the ages of two and three and a half years old. This is to help with the costs of early learning for eligible families who have a child

More information and how to apply is available on the Social Security Scotland website (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)