Scottish Welfare Fund

The Scottish Welfare Fund is intended to offer grants for two purposes :

  • Crisis Grants – these grants are to meet an urgent need that poses an immediate and substantial risk to health and safety. These grants can help provide access to essential items such as food and energy supply (electricity or gas).
  • Community Care Grants– these grants are to help people remain in the community or move back into the community or help ease exceptional pressure. These grants can help provide access to a wide range of basic household items.

How are awards made?

Depending on the type of grant required we may use vouchers or ask our nominated suppliers to provide items on our behalf. We will not make awards in cash.

Who can apply?

You can apply if you:

  • live in the Falkirk Council area
  • are legally resident in the UK
  • are aged 16 and over
  • are on a qualifiying benefit e.g. Income Support or low income
  • do not have any access to other appropriate sources of financial support
  • are subject to a sanction or disallowance by the DWP and have had your benefit reduced as a result as you may be considered for a Crisis Grant until you can arrange a hardship payment

Who can't apply?

  • Anyone who does not live in the Falkirk Council area
  • Anyone who lives in a care home, is in hospital or prison without a discharge date in the next 8 weeks

What information will I need to fill in this form?

You will need your National Insurance number, details of money you receive, contact details for people who are helping you who the Council may want to contact, information to prove who you are and any other documents that give information about your situation, such as the Police Incident number if you have reported a crime.

Are there exceptions?

Because the Scottish Welfare Fund is a discretionary scheme, Assessment Officers will consider all applications to take account of individuals circumstances to ensure there is no substantial risk to health and safety.

What happens if I do not qualify for a grant or my application is refused?

If you are unhappy with the outcome of your application, you cannot appeal but you can ask for the decision to be looked at again. This is called a review. You need to apply for a review within 20 days of the decision. This time limit can be extended if it is accepted that you have good reasons for not applying on time. 

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the First Tier Review, you can ask for a Second Tier Review. Second Tier Reviews are carried out by a panel made up of people who are not involved with the decision making team. The panel will ensure that correct, reasonable and fair decisions are being made and the guidance for the fund is being followed. The maximum time for dealing with Second Tier Reviews is 5 working days for Crisis Grants and 30 working days for Community Care Grants.


If you need further help call the Scottish Welfare Fund Helpline 01324 503603


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