Crisis and community care grants

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. The fund cannot sustain replacing items due to wear and tear.

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 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

To find out if you are eligible to apply for a community care grant, or to apply, please phone the Scottish Welfare Fund Team using the details shown. Advisors applying on behalf of a client or those who find it difficult to use the phone can apply online.

You may be asked to upload evidence on your application form, help with this is provided below.

Help with uploading evidence

You will be asked to upload evidence on the application form. We can accept jpegs and pdf files but we advise pdfs as the file size is smaller.

Please don’t take photos of your PC screen or phone screen as these can be blurry. If you need to do this you should use the screenshot/print screen function on your PC or phone.

When you take a photo of a document such as a bank statement sometimes the file sizes are too big, especially if you have to upload a lot of different images to your form. This can cause the form to fail and we advise converting jpegs to pdfs. You can do this in the following ways.

On an Android phone

  • select image you want
  • from the menu select print image
  • select Save as pdf
  • choose where to save it
  • save

On an iPhone

  • select the image you want
  • tap the sharing button and select Print
  • at the Printer options screen, use a spreading gesture with your fingers on the image preview to show Save as pdf
  • select Share the converted photo as PDF and choose where to save it  

On a PC

  • right click on the icon of the image
  • select Convert to Adobe pdf
  • click on the Save file icon in the top left hand corner
  • select where to save it
  • name it
  • save

You can also download and print off a form, fill it in and send it to us at the address shown on this page.

For more information see the Scottish Government website.

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.

Scottish Welfare Fund


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