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:

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:

How to apply

To find out if you are able to get a Crisis Grant or Community Care Grant and to make an application, you should the Council’s Scottish Welfare Fund team on 01856873535, extension 2260, direct dial on 01856886312 or via email to the Scottish Welfare Fund team.

You can also download the Scottish Welfare Fund Application Form from the 'Related Links' section of this page.

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.

Arrangements – Christmas and New Year

The council’s offices will close at 17:00 on Tuesday 24 December 2019, and re-open at 09:00 on Friday 3 January 2020. During this time, you will not be able to apply for a crisis grant from the Scottish Welfare Fund. However, if you require assistance in a crisis on 27, 30 and 31 December 2019 between 09:00 and 13:30, you can contact the duty social worker on 01856886470. Otherwise please telephone 01856888000 and ask to be put through to the council’s duty social worker.

Additional Information

More information relating to the Scottish Welfare Fund is available from the 'Related Links' section of this page. This includes a link to the Scottish Government's Scottish Welfare Fund webpage, including further guidance notes and Frequently Asked Questions.

Related Links

School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY

Telephone: 01856 873535


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