Scottish Welfare Fund

Unexpected and unplanned expenses can happen to anyone and for people on low income these can have a huge impact on your finances. Therefore The Scottish Welfare Fund was introduced in April 2013 to replace Crisis Loans and Community Care Grants that you could previously claim through the Social Fund. You do not need to be on an income based benefit and consideration will be given to all application based on your needs. All applications are made through Glasgow City Council who administer and award.

There are two types of grants in the SWF:

Crisis Grants

A crisis grant is available to help people, who are experiencing hardship because of a disaster or an emergency. A disaster is something like a fire or a flood and an emergency can be when they have lost money or it was stolen. Crisis grants award decisions will be made within 2 working days and there are a variety of methods available to support grant awards.

• Community Care Grants

A Community Care Grant aims to help people who may have to go into care unless they get some support to stay at home. It can also help families facing exceptional pressures, with one-off items, like a cooker or a washing machine. Applications for Community Care Grants will be processed within 15 working days. Awards may be given for goods, services or by direct bank transfer.

Applications For Scottish Welfare Fund Grants

Applications for SWF grants can be made by calling Glasgow City Council on 0141 276 1177, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, or you can apply online for a Scottish Welfare Fund grants.