Scottish Welfare Fund (SWF) Guidance last updated in April 2015

The aim of this guidance is to provide a framework for decision makers, in order to promote consistency in decision making. The SWF is a discretionary grant fund and therefore the guidance cannot cover all eventualities. It is intended to allow decision makers to meet the underlying objectives of the Fund, and will inform the operation of the SWF until permanent arrangements come into force in April 2016.

You can apply for a Crisis Grant or a Community Care Grant by contacting your council.

Resources for Local Authorities and support workers



SWF - promotional materials available including:-
  • A3 poster
  • Two tri-fold A4 leaflets for general awareness, details of how to apply and information on an applicant's right to a review.  Please also see below a British Sign Language translation video of the general awareness leaflet.
  • Information toolkit
  • Easy Read leaflet

British Sign Language translation video of the general awareness leaflet

Budget allocation for Local Authorities for Community Care and Crisis Grants 2015-2016

Local Authority staff can find more information, resources and share practice by joining the Welfare Reform Group on the Knowledge Hub.