Scottish Welfare Fund (SWF)

What is the SWF?

From April 2013, changes to the DWP Social Fund scheme meant that Crisis Loans and Community Care Grants stopped. These have been replaced by the Scottish Welfare Fund (SWF), delivered by councils. The fund provides two types of grant:

  • Crisis Grants to provide a safety net when someone experiences a disaster or emergency situation, such as a fire or flood and there is an immediate threat to health and safety.
  • Community Care Grants to enable independent living or continued independent living and prevent the need to go into care. A CCG may also be able to help a family facing exceptional pressure.

To apply for a Crisis Grant or a Community Care Grant you must be 16 or older and on a low income. Apply to your local council.

For more information and background, please see the summary of the Scottish Welfare Fund (SWF).

Permanent Arrangements

The Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill was passed in Parliament on Tuesday 3 March 2015. On Wednesday 8 April 2015, the Bill received Royal Assent and became the Welfare Funds (Scotland) Act 2015. We will be consulting on regulations and guidance in the summer.

How to Apply

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