Self-Isolation Support Grant

Last Edited: Tuesday, 07 June, 2022 12:34 PM


The Scottish Government has introduced a grant scheme to financially help individuals self-isolating during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligibility Criteria - From 1 May 2022

If you have been contacted by Test and Protect and asked to self-isolate because of coronavirus (COVID-19), you may be eligible for a Self-isolation Support Grant of £225. 

To be eligible for the grant, you must:

  • have tested positive for coronavirus on a PCR test (see below for advice on how to book a PCR test). Please note that a lateral flow positive result does not count for the purposes of the grant. If you have had a positive lateral flow test and wish to apply for a grant you should arrange for a PCR test to confirm your result.
  • or be the parent or primary carer of a child or adult who needs to self-isolate as a result a positive PCR test.

Before the self-isolation period, you must also be:

  • employed or self-employed
  • unable to work from home, and will lose income as a result of self-isolation
  • be assessed as having low income, either 
  • the household is currently receiving, or has been awarded, but not yet received, a payment of the following benefits;  or whose income may entitle them to Universal Credit, should an application have been made prior to their isolation:
    • Universal Credit;
    • Working Tax Credit;
    • ncome-based Employment and Support Allowance;
    • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance;
    • Income Support;
    • Housing Benefit;
    • Pension Credit; and/or
    • Means-tested Council Tax Reduction
  • be an individual who earns less than the Real Living Wage threshold

How can I check if I am eligible

The Scottish Government has provided an eligibility checker (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) where you can check whether you may be eligible before you apply for a grant.

How to apply

If you have not already done so, you must book a PCR test using the Scottish PCR booking site (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Applications must be made within 28 days of a positive PCR test  Evidence will be required to verify eligibility.

Covid-19 Self Isolation Support Grant Application Form