Community Care Grants

Community Care Grants are provided where a qualifying individual needs help to establish or maintain a settled home. A Community Care Grant may also be provided to support families facing exceptional pressure.

  • to enable qualifying individuals who are leaving care or imprisonment9 to establish or maintain a settled home, where without a grant there is a risk that the individual will not be able to do so;
  • to enable qualifying individuals to establish or maintain a settled home after being homeless, or otherwise living an unsettled way of life;
  • to enable qualifying individuals to maintain a settled home, where without a grant there is a risk of the individual needing to go into a care institution;
  • to enable qualifying individuals to maintain a settled home in a situation where that individual, or another individual in the same household, is facing exceptional pressure;
  • to assist a person to care for a qualifying individual who has been released from prison or a young offenders’ institution on temporary release.

Eligibility criteria must be satisfied to access the fund.

Applicants should be aged 16 or over and be on a low income.

It is for the Local Authority to determine what constitutes a low income.  A person entitled to one of the following benefits will be considered to have met the condition of being on a low income:

  • Income Support;
  • Income- based Jobseeker’s Allowance;
  • Income related Employment Support Allowance;
  • Universal Credit;
  • Pension Credit.

If someone is on a roughly equivalent level of income to someone on one of those benefits, they should also be considered to be on a low income.

The key test of eligibility for a Community Care Grant is retaining or establishing a settled way of life in the community.

Circumstances that will be taken into consideration:

  • Entitlement to qualifying benefits;
  • Previous Scottish Welfare Fund applications;
  • The reason for the application;
  • The nature, extent, severity and urgency of the situation;
  • The affect the award would have;
  • The vulnerability of the applicant and their family;
  • Sufficient money available in the budget

Page last updated: 15 July 2019