Scottish Welfare Fund

Crisis and community care grants

The Scottish Welfare Fund helps people and families on low incomes who are in crisis or need help to set up or remain in the community.

You can apply for a:

  1. Crisis Grant - to help you cope with unexpected expenses and disasters; for example, a fire or flood, or if any money has been lost or stolen.
  2. Community Care Grant - to help vulnerable people set up home, when moving from an 'unsettled way of life' or continue to live independently within their community. They can also help families who are facing exceptional pressures.

You must be 16 or older and on a low income to apply for a Crisis or Community Care Grant.

We are unable to offer a face to face service when you apply for a Crisis or Community Care Grant due to current restrictions.

Please contact us on 0300 555 0405 or email and we will contact you. On receipt of your application, we will try to get back to you as soon as we can, so please wait for us to contact you. There has been a recent increase in the number of people applying so it may take longer than normal in some instances.

If awarded a community care grant, please speak to our supplier and follow social distancing advice and instructions prior to delivery of goods.

Do you need further help with money problems?

You can also get general advice for any money problems.

  • Money Talk Team - get help to make sure you're claiming everything you're entitled to and advice to help you make the most of your money
  • Scotland's Financial Health Service - find information and advice on debt, managing money, housing, homelessness and ethical lending
  • National Debtline - get free, confidential and independent debt advice on 0808 808 4000
  • Citizens Advice Scotland - visit your nearest bureau to speak to somebody face-to-face, or call 0845 450 0351
  • Shelter Scotland - call the free helpline for housing advice on 0808 800 4444

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