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Crisis Grant - how to apply

How to apply 

You can only apply for a Crisis Grant through your local council. You cannot apply through the Scottish Government.

Aberdeen City CouncilAberdeenshire CouncilAngus CouncilArgyll and Bute CouncilClackmannanshire CouncilComhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council)Dumfries & Galloway CouncilDundee City CouncilEast Ayrshire CouncilEast Dunbartonshire CouncilEast Lothian CouncilEast Renfrewshire CouncilEdinburgh CouncilFalkirk CouncilFife CouncilGlasgow City CouncilHighland CouncilInverclyde CouncilMidlothian CouncilMoray CouncilNorth Ayrshire CouncilNorth Lanarkshire CouncilOrkney Islands CouncilPerth & Kinross CouncilRenfrewshire CouncilScottish Borders CouncilShetland Islands CouncilSouth Ayrshire CouncilSouth Lanarkshire CouncilStirling CouncilWest Dunbartonshire CouncilWest Lothian Council

If you need help applying

If you cannot apply online or need help with your application, contact your local council.

They may offer other ways to apply such as by:

  • paper application form
  • email
  • phone

What you can get a Crisis Grant for

You can get a Crisis Grant to cover the costs of an emergency.

Examples of this could include if:

  • you need help to get food or with heating costs
  • there's a fire or flood at home
  • you've lost money
  • an unexpected crisis happens
  • 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

How long it takes

Most councils will tell you the outcome of your application within 2 working days.

But some councils are taking longer than this due to an increase in applications.

Your local council may let you know how long you’ll wait once you submit an application.

Who can apply

To get a Crisis Grant you need to be on a low income. This does not mean you need to be on benefits.

What counts as a low income

There's no figure that confirms whether you've 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 can get a Crisis Grant:

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

Benefit calculators 

Crisis Grants are one-off payments and it cannot support your income long term.

If you need help on a low income, check what benefits you might be able to get with entitledto or turn2us.


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