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 These have been replaced by the Scottish Welfare Fund (SWF), delivered by councils.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 health 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.

Permanent Arrangements

We are working on the permanent arrangements for the Scottish Welfare Funds. We are in the process of putting the scheme on a legal footing and have introduced the Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill to Parliament.

How to Apply

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