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Scottish Welfare Fund

Crisis and community care grants

Crisis grants

Crisis grants can provide a safety net in the event of a disaster or emergency.

If you are facing household difficulties or a crisis, you may be eligible for a grant. A grant could help if you are facing a crisis at home such as a fire or flood, or an emergency situation such as losing all your money, or having to visit a sick child in hospital and you do not have the money for transport.

If you qualify for a crisis grant, you may be given a cash grant or another form of support such as travel vouchers, furniture, or a voucher for essential food, fuel or clothing.

Community care grants

Community care grants can help people leaving care, hospital or prison to live on their own, or to remain in their own home without having to go into care. These grants can also help families facing exceptional pressures.

A community care grant may also help if you are struggling to provide a safe and secure home for your family. For example, you might need help to get essential household items like a cooker or washing machine but don't have the money to buy them.

You will be given goods rather than cash if you are awarded a community care grant. Delivery and installation is included. Cash will only be given in the rare situation where we can't source a specific item.

We will carry out checks to make sure you need for the items applied for. These checks can include:

  • getting information from other departments and agencies involved in representing you or helping you with your application
  • carrying out home visits before an award is made

Information sharing

We will share information with other organisations, including the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Social Work Resources when considering your claim.

Related content

  1. Crisis and community care grants
  2. Who qualifies?
  3. How to apply
  4. Request a review

Scottish Welfare Fund


PO Box 3594,
G73 9EG
Phone: 0303 123 1007
Email: Scottish Welfare Fund