The Scottish Welfare Fund helps families and people in Scotland who are on low incomes.

You can apply for a:

  • Crisis Grant – if you’re in crisis because of a disaster (like a fire or flood), or an emergency (like losing your money or job, or an unexpected expense)

  • Self-Isolation Support Grant – if you’ve been asked to self-isolate by Test and Protect because of coronavirus (COVID-19) and will lose income as a result

  • Community Care Grant – to help you or someone you care for to start to live, or to carry on living, a settled life in the community

How to apply for the Scottish Welfare Fund

You can only apply for a Crisis Grant, Self-Isolation Support Grant or Community Care Grant by getting in touch with your local council. To start an application for any of the three welfare fund options, go to; https://www.mygov.scot/scottish-welfare-fund/how-to-apply and start by choosing your local council.

Scottish Welfare Fund Phone Number

The Scottish Welfare Fund doesn’t have a national phone number because applications for the Crisis Grant, Self-Isolation Support Grant or Community Care Grant are handled at local council level. Contact your local council for more information.

Am I eligible for the Scottish Welfare Fund


You must be 16 or older and on a low income, or getting certain benefits, to apply for these grants.