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Scottish Welfare Fund Guidance

The aim of the Scottish Welfare Fund Guidance (last updated in April 2016) is to provide a framework for decision makers, in order to promote consistency in decision making.  The Scottish Welfare Fund is a discretionary grant scheme, therefore this guidance does not cover all eventualities.  It is intended to support decision makers to meet the underlying objectives of the Fund.

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.
  • Easy Read leaflet

British Sign Language translation video of the general awareness leaflet

Budget allocation for Local Authorities for Community Care and Crisis Grants

For the first three years of the SWF, the Scottish Government has provided an annual grant of £38 million to local authorities.

In order to more closely align funding with the most vulnerable in our communities, distribution will be increasingly informed by the Income Domain of the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation. In order to provide stability and minimise the risk of underspends accruing – subject to future spending reviews – transition to this new model will occur over a period of three years, as follows:

  • 2016-17 – 80% SWF Spend to Date, 20% Income Domain
  • 2017-18 – Average (SWF Spend to Date and Income Domain)
  • 2018-19 – 100% Income Domain.

Any money not used in 2015-16 has been rolled forward to the SWF budget for 2016-17. Full details of SWF spend from April 2013 – 30 June 2016 were published on 25 October 2016.

Budget allocation for Local Authorities in 2015-16

Budget allocation for Local Authorities in 2016-17

Budget allocation for Local Authorities in 2017-18