Apply for a grant from the Scottish Welfare Fund

  1. Apply for a Crisis Grant or Community Care Grant
  2. Request a review of our decision
  3. Other sources of help and advice

Apply for a Crisis Grant or Community Care Grant

There are two grants available under the Scottish Welfare Fund – Crisis Grants and Community Care Grants.

Crisis Grants and Community Care Grants are intended to meet one-off needs and not to meet on-going expenses. They do not have to be paid back.

apply for a crisis or community care grant

Crisis Grant

A Crisis Grant helps people meet expenses that have arisen as a result of an emergency or disaster, to avoid serious damage or serious risk to health or safety.

The key test for a Crisis Grant is the severity of your situation and the likely impact of the grant on you and your family, if you have a family.

You will not qualify for a Crisis Grant if you:

  • have already had three grants awarded to you in the last 12 months and your circumstances haven't changed

Community Care Grant

A Community Care Grant helps people with things they need to live independently in the community, either when they are leaving care or to prevent them having to live in care. It can also help anyone who is struggling to provide a safe and secure home for their family.

The key test of eligibility for a Community Care Grant is retaining or establishing a settled way of life in the community.

 You will not qualify for a Community Care Grant if you:

  • have savings:
    • of £700 or more and you are under pension age
    • of £1200 or more and you are over pension age
    • are not leaving care within eight weeks or have not been in care for three months or more

    Grant awards

    Grants are available to anyone aged 16 or over. Applicants should normally have a low income, for example be in receipt of a benefit such as Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance or Pension Credit.

    However, applicants do not have to be in receipt of a benefit to receive a grant. Anyone who has a low income, or doesn't have access to their money,can apply.

    Payments will normally be paid directly into your bank account or you may receive goods or vouchers.

    You will not qualify for either grant if you:

    • have other money that you can use for the things you need
    • have made an application for a Crisis Grant or Community Care Grant for the same items within the last 28 days and your circumstances have not changed

    A Crisis Grant/Community Care Grant cannot be awarded for items such as:

    • court fees
    • items for education
    • work related expenses
    • debt interest
    • rent in advance

    You can also apply for a grant by calling ACCESSLine on 03452 777 778, or by visiting ACCESS offices in Arbroath, Forfar, Montrose and speaking to a member of the housing benefits staff.

    To ensure you are receiving all the benefits you are entitled to, and for support and advice on money and debt issues, please contact our Welfare Rights team.

    If you receive Housing Benefit or Universal Credit and are struggling to pay your rent, you can apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment. You can also apply for a Budgeting Loan from the Department of Work and Pensions.

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