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
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:
- heating costs
You can only apply for a Crisis Grant by contacting your local council.