Guide

Help with living costs - Scottish Welfare Fund
Last updated: 24 November 2020

Self-Isolation Support Grants

You can only apply for this grant through your local council. You cannot apply through the Scottish Government.
Find your local council to apply.

If you have been contacted by Test and Protect and asked to self-isolate because of coronavirus (COVID-19), you may be eligible for the Self-Isolation Support Grant. You can apply at any time during the period you've been asked to self-isolate for.

To be eligible for the grant, you must:

  • have been told by Test and Protect to self-isolate as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19), either because you have tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive
  • be employed or self-employed
  • be unable to work from home, and lose income as a result of self-isolation

You must also be getting one or more of these benefits:

  • Universal Credit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Income-based Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Housing Benefit
  • Pension Credit

If you have been awarded one of these benefits, but haven't had a payment yet, you will still be eligible for the Self-Isolation Support Grant.

If all of these things do not apply to you, you will not be eligible for a Self-Isolation Support Grant. You might be able to get a Crisis Grant if you are on a low income and are having money problems because you have to self-isolate.

If your right to live in the UK includes the condition that you have no access to public funds, you can still apply for the Self-Isolation Support Grant. Find out more from Migration Scotland.