Self-Isolation Support Grant

The Scottish Government has introduced a grant of £500 to individuals in low paid employment or self-employment who will suffer a loss of income as a result of being required to self-isolate to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The scheme will be available from Monday 12 October 2020 until 31 January 2021


Self-Isolation Support Grants are restricted to people who:

  • Have been required by the Test and Protect Service to self-isolate as a result of COVID-19, either because they have tested positive for coronavirus, or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive or are awaiting a test result;
  • are employed or self-employed;
  • are unable to work from home and will experience reduced earnings
  • are currently receiving, or has been awarded but not yet received a payment of:
    • Universal Credit;
    • Working Tax Credit;
    • Income-based Employment and Support Allowance;
    • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance;
    • Income Support;
    • Housing Benefit; and/or
    • Pension Credit.


The Self-Isolation Support Grant does not cover people who are self-isolating after returning to the UK from abroad, unless they have tested positive for coronavirus or have been told to stay at home and self-isolate by the Test and Protect Service.

Anyone contacted by the Protect Scotland app informing them to self-isolate is not eligible for a grant at this time but should contact the Test and Protect service on 0800 028 2816 for advice.

How to apply

Applications can be made at any point during an individual’s 14 day period of self-isolation. Those who were asked to self-isolate on or after 28 September 2020 can apply but must do so by 26 October 2020.

Applications are made through the Discretionary Payments Team who can be contacted on 01475 714444 Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm. Applications can take around 15 minutes to complete.

Applicants will be required to provide evidence in support of their request:

  • A bank statement
  • Proof of employment such as recent wage slip or contract of employment, or if they are self-employed evidence of self-assessment returns, trading income and proof their business delivers services which cannot be carried out without social contact.
  • A statement declaring that they will experience reduced income during their period of self-isolation.