What is the Scottish Welfare Fund?

The Scottish Welfare Fund is a national scheme provided under The Welfare Funds (Scotland) Act 2015 and delivered on behalf of the Scottish Government by all 32 local authorities.  Councils have extensive discretion over how the scheme is provided in their local area.

The Welfare Fund is there to provide a safety net to vulnerable people on low incomes through the provision of Crisis Grants and Community Care Grants.

The Fund is normally a one-off grant for living expenses or household goods. It is limited to the amount of money that is made available to the council every year, therefore payments may be restricted.  The council regularly reviews the priority levels which we are able to support and these may be set differently for Crisis Grants and Community Care Grants.  We will always support a high priority crisis grant application made at any time throughout the year.

We can only support someone who is resident or about to become resident in our local authority area, or someone who is homeless within our area. If you don’t live within our area, we will refer you to your home local authority.