Scottish Welfare Fund
A Crisis Grant can be given to cover the costs of an emergency.
Examples of this may include when:
- you have had a fire or flood at home
- you've lost money
- an unexpected situation has occurred
- you're a victim of domestic abuse and you need help with things like moving away from an abuser
- you're a grandparent or other relative who has taken over caring for a child, and you're waiting on a transfer of benefits
- you're facing a gap in your normal income because of a redundancy or change at work
- you have just been released from prison
To get a Crisis Grant you need to be on a low income - this doesn't mean you need to be on benefits.
What counts as a low income?
We determine what constitutes a low income. As a guide, if you're on one of the benefits below, or your income is about the same as someone who is, we would consider that you have met the condition of being on a low income:
- Income Support
- Pension Credit
- Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) - Income based
- Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) - Income based
- Universal Credit
What help will I get?
If you do get a Crisis Grant, will look at helping you with your most urgent living costs. These include:
- heating costs for pre-payment meters