Help with living costs - Scottish Welfare Fund

Last updated: 9 May 2018

Community Care Grants

A Community Care Grant can be given to help with the costs of:

  • settling into life outside care
  • giving you help if you need support to stay out of care
  • caring for someone on release from prison or a detention centre

If you're a family

You can also get help if you're a family who are facing a problem at home, like:

  • settling into a new home after you've been in a temporary home
  • you need to move because of a problem like domestic abuse
  • a child's health is at risk

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

Your income

To get a Community Care 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

There is no figure that will be used to judge whether you have 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, it's more likely you'll be able to get a Community Care Grant:

  • Income Support
  • Pension Credit
  • Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) - Income based
  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) - Income based
  • Universal Credit

Income based ESA/JSA can be given if you can't be given contribution based JSA/ESA - this happens if you haven't paid enough national insurance in the last two years. If you're given income based JSA or ESA you'll also have little or no other income and access to only a small amount of savings.

Your savings

If you have savings of over £700, or £1,200 if you get a pension, you'll be less likely to get a Community Care Grant - your local council will decide.

You can only apply for a Community Care Grant by contacting your local council.

Help with living costs - Scottish Welfare Fund
Community Care Grants