You appear to be using an unsupported browser, and it may not be able to display this site properly. You may wish to upgrade your browser.

Crisis Grants

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

A Crisis Grant can be given to cover the costs of an emergency.

Examples of this could include when:

  • 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

Your income

To get a Crisis 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 Crisis Grant:

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

What help you'll get

If you do get a Crisis Grant, your local council will look at helping you with your most urgent living costs.

Some things this may include are help with the costs of:

  • food
  • heating costs

Crisis Grants are one-off payments and can't be given to 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.

Back to top