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Scottish Welfare Fund

The Scottish Welfare Fund is aimed at providing assistance for people on benefits, or considered to be on a low income. The Council administers the fund on behalf of the Scottish Government and provides two types of grant:

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

With immediate effect we will be accepting applications for all welfare benefits (HB, Crisis Grants and Community Care Grants) and council tax reduction online through MyOrkney, over the phone or by e-mail.  For telephone applications there is no requirement for a signature.  Verification where required can be e-mailed to us, or posted.

Crisis Grants

Providing a safety net in the event of a disaster or emergency. A Crisis Grant may help if you are:

Community Care Grants

Providing help to leave care and live on your own, or to continue living in your own home. A Community Care Grant may help if you:

COVID-19 Self Isolation Support Grants

The Scottish Government has committed to providing a grant of £500 to individuals who are in receipt of low income benefits and who lose income as a result of being required to self-isolate to prevent the spread of COVID- 19.

Applications are available from 12 October 2020 and grant payments may be available to individuals asked to self-isolate on or after 28 September 2020.

Applications must be made during the 14-day self-isolation period, as it is not possible to accept applications for a backdated grant award once the 14-day period ends.

Individuals will be eligible to receive a grant payment if the applicant meets the Scottish Welfare Fund’s eligibility conditions, and the applicant:

How to apply

You can apply by completing our online form on MyOrkney by clicking the button below:

If you have a question about your application you can email the Scottish Welfare Fund team.

Review of decisions

If you have applied for a Crisis Grant or Community Care Grant and remain unhappy with the outcome of your application you may ask for a review of that decision.

You can download guidance on the review process from the 'Related Sites' section of this webpage.

Additional Information

Further information about the Scottish Welfare Fund are available from the 'Related Sites' and 'Related Downloads' sections of this page.

Related Sites

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Telephone: 01856 873535

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