Renfrewshire Council

Scottish Welfare Fund

For information on applying, please see the appropriate section attached to this page.

The Scottish Welfare Fund offers grants or in-kind support for two purposes:

Crisis grants which provide a safety - net in a disaster or emergency when there is an immediate threat to health or safety.

Community Care grants which enable independent living or continued independent living, preventing the need for institutional care.

The grants are intended to be available to people who do not have alternative means of paying for what they need. They do not need to be paid back. Grants are intended to meet one-off needs rather than ongoing expenses.

Who can apply?
You must be 16 or over to apply for assistance from the Scottish Welfare Fund and normally be entitled to one of the following benefits (although this is not essential):

  • Income Support/Job Seekers (Income based)
  • Employment Support Allowance (Income related)
  • Pension Credit (GC/SC)
  • Universal Credit

The key test of eligibility for a Crisis Grant is the severity of the applicant's situation and the likely impact on them and their family.  The key test for a Community Care Grant is retaining or establishing a settled way of life in the community.

Will I get a grant if I apply?
The amount of funding each council gets to spend each year on the Scottish Welfare Fund is limited and, unfortunately, there is not enough money to assist everyone who applies.  Your application will therefore be given a high, medium or low priority rating according to your individual circumstances and needs.

Grants will be considered if you have no alternative means of paying for what you need and will be awarded according to your priority rating.

The Council will carry out checks to verify that there is a need for the items applied for.  These checks can include:

  • Obtaining confirmation from other departments and agencies involved in representing customers and or assisting them with their applications
  • Carrying out home visits prior to any award being made.

Who won't qualify?
You won't qualify for a grant if you:

  • Have made a claim for a DWP benefit and it is delayed, you can apply for a Short Term Benefit advance instead contact DWP enquiry line 0845 600 1506.
  • You have already received three crisis grants in the last 12 months, however in exceptional circumstances we may be able to consider a further one off payment.
  • Have already applied for the same item in the last 28 days unless your circumstances have changed.