How to apply
You can only apply for a Crisis Grant through your local council. You cannot apply through the Scottish Government.
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
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
Crisis Grants are one-off payments and it cannot support your income long term.
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