Community Care Grants
A Community Care Grant can be given, if you qualify, to help with costs if:
- you're leaving care or imprisonment and need help to start a settled home
- you've been homeless, or living an unsettled life, and need help to start a settled home
- you need support to stay out of care
- you're caring for someone who's been released from prison or a young offender's institution
- you're experiencing great pressure and need help to keep a settled home
- you're escaping 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.
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
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.