Sure Start Maternity Grant - How do I claim a Sure Start Maternity Grant?
A Sure Start Maternity Grant is a one-off payment to help with the costs of having a new baby
- Last reviewed 25 September 2023
How do I claim a Sure Start Maternity Grant?
In England and Wales
Download a Sure Start Maternity Grant claim form from the Department for Work and Pensions website - you will need access to a printer.
Or call the Sure Start helpline on 0800 169 0140 to order a form (including if you need the form in braille or large print).
The gov.uk website also allows you to claim using BSL and offers a Relay UK service, among other formats.
In Northern Ireland
Contact your local Social Security/Jobs and Benefits Office for a claim form
Print out and fill in a Sure Start Maternity Grant claim form on the NI Direct website.
What documents will I need to claim a Sure Start Maternity Grant?
You will need to provide evidence of the pregnancy or childbirth from a health professional (such as aa doctor or midwife). They can either:
- fill in a form MAT B1
- write a statement confirming your pregnancy or childbirth
If you are close to the deadline for claiming the grant, you can send in the form without evidence from a healthcare professional, then send the evidence later.
What is the deadline for claiming a grant?
You can claim from the eleventh week before the baby is due and up to six months after the baby is born.
If you are adopting a child the claim must be made within six months of the date of the adoption.