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 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:

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.

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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