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