Crisis and community care grants
The Scottish Welfare Fund is designed to help people who are on benefits or a low income and are having difficulty because of an exceptional situation or in meeting one-off expenses. The fund is administered by local authorities and is split into two types of grants:
- Crisis Grants can provide people with a safety net in the event of a disaster or emergency such as a fire or flood, or if any money has been lost or stolen.
- Community Care Grants can help people leaving care 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 that are in need of essential household items, such as a cooker or a washing machine.
To make an application for either of these grants, please see the related content pages for which one applies to you.