Who can Apply for the Scottish Welfare Fund

Applicants should be aged 16 or over, on a low income, either in or out of work, and not have access to any other source of assistance.

A person entitled to one of the following benefits will be considered to be on a low income:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • Universal Credit

If you have recently made, or are about to make a new claim for benefit, and you are in financial hardship, you can apply to the Department for Work and Pensions for a short-term advance of your benefit entitlement or a budgeting advance if you’ve claimed Universal Credit. This will then be recovered from your future benefit payments. If you are entitled to a short-term advance of your benefit, you will not be entitled to a Scottish Welfare Fund grant for the same situation.

How would I receive a grant?

Even if you meet our qualifying criteria for a grant, there are only limited funds available during each financial year. This means that not everyone who applies for a grant will be successful.

If you are awarded a grant, you may receive funds in the following ways:

  • Household goods will be bought, delivered and installed for you
  • Living expenses will either be paid by direct credit into your bank account or you will be given a voucher that you can redeem in any outlet that displays a yellow PayPoint logo
  • Travel costs will be paid at public transport rates. You may be issued with a travel voucher.

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