Self-Isolation Support Grant

Last Edited: Thursday, 06 January, 2022 04:52 PM


The Scottish Government has introduced a grant scheme to financially help individuals if they are required to self-isolate during the COVID-19 pandemic. Covid Self isolation support payments are designed to help ensure people who have tested positive for COVID-19, and their close contacts, self-isolate for the required period to stop the onward spread of the virus. They are also designed to encourage individuals who are eligible for this payment to get tested if they have symptoms. This is important to stop the transmission of COVID-19 and avoid further economic and Societal restrictions

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 £500. 

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the grant, you must:

  • have been notified by the Test and Protect Service or Protect Scotland app (or equivalent app) to self-isolate as a result of COVID-19 for one of the following reasons:
    • because you have tested positive for coronavirus on 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.
    • because you have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive and you are not fully vaccinated
  • or be the parent or primary carer of a child or adult who needs to self-isolate

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;
    • Income-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
  • the household income is such that it falls within the agreed definition of ‘low income’ for this purpose; being 25% above the established UC rate for their household type in their local authority area

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

Applications must be made within 28 days of being asked to self isolate using the link to the form below.  Evidence will be required to verify eligibility.

Covid-19 Self Isolation Support Grant Application Form