Help with living costs - Scottish Welfare Fund

Last updated: 9 May 2018

Crisis Grants

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

Some examples include:

  • if there's been a fire or flood at home
  • you're a victim of any type 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

Income based ESA/JSA can be given if you can't be given contribution based JSA/ESA - this happens if you haven't paid enough national insurance in the last two years. If you're given income based JSA or ESA you'll also have little or no other income and access to only a small amount of savings.

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
  • travel costs, such as those you can have if you have a child who is ill in hospital

Crisis Grants are one-off payments and can't be given to support your income long-term. If you need help with a low income check what benefits you might be able to get with entitledto or turn2us.

You can only apply for a Crisis Grant by contacting your local council.

Help with living costs - Scottish Welfare Fund
Crisis Grants