What is the Scottish Welfare Fund?
The Scottish Welfare Fund is made up of two types of grants which do not have to be repaid - Crisis Grants and Community Care Grants.
Crisis Grants are intended to provide a safety net in an emergency when there is an immediate threat to health and safety.
They can be awarded in case of crisis to meet expenses that have arisen as a result of an emergency or disaster in order to avoid serious damage or serious risk to the health or safety of the applicant or their family.
Community Care Grants
Community Care Grants are intended to enable independent living or continued independent living, preventing the need for institutional care.
They can be awarded to help:
A person establish themselves in the community following a period of care where circumstances indicate that there is an identifiable risk of the person not being able to live independently without this support
An individual remain in the community rather than going into care where circumstances indicate that there is an identifiable risk of the person not being able to live independently without this assistance
Someone set up home in the community, as part of a planned resettlement programme, following an unsettled way of life
Families facing exceptional pressures and who lack the resources to meet irregular costs to provide a safe and secure environment for their children
Somebody to care for a prisoner or young offender on release on temporary licence.
Applies to: Scotland
Age rules: You must be aged 16 or over
Type of benefit: Means-tested
Administered by: Local Authorities