Community Care Grant
What are community care grants?
Community care grants provide support to help you live independently in the community.
It could also help if you:
- are about to leave care to live on your own in the community
- face going into care because you don’t have the support you need to continue living at home
- are a family facing exceptional pressures and need an essential items for your home.
Community care grants are provided by Fife Council as part of the Scottish Government's Scottish Welfare Fund.
We are currently working on Community Care Grant award applications with the following date, for transparency and fairness we work STRICTLY to a date and time of application received - will NOT take any requests to move specific cases up the queue.
16th May 2016
We are currently awarding HIGH priority items only.
Who can apply for a community care grant?
Anyone who is struggling to live independently can apply. They can help people with the things they need to live independently in the community rather than having to live or stay in care. Applications can be made for essential items such as furniture and household equipment. If furniture or appliances are awarded, brand new products are supplied and installed/fitted by our qualified contractor.
The grants are designed to help people who are on a low income, so you can apply even if you don’t claim benefits. We give you a grant and not a loan, so you don't need to pay it back.
If you have applied before for the same goods/services, you can only apply again after 28 days of your application, unless there has been a relevant change in your circumstances.
If you have already claimed a community care grant please allow up to 20 working days for us to process your application and we will call you back as soon as possible within this timescale.
There are items for which an award from the Scottish Welfare Fund cannot be made
If the item(s) you need is on the fund excluded list, you can see what other alternative support can be provided
How to apply
Once you’ve applied, Fife Council will contact you up to 15 working days.
How often can I apply?
If you have applied before for the same goods/services, you can only apply again after 28 days of your application, unless there has been a relevant change in your circumstances. If you have already claimed a community care grant please allow up to 15 working days for us to process your application and we will call you back as soon as possible within this timescale.
What will I get?
Community care grants are awarded on a priority basis.
We grant the highest priority items to vulnerable people who have an immediate and severe need, or who will face significant adverse consequences if help is not provided urgently.
If you do qualify for a grant, the support you receive will depend on your circumstances. Community Care Grants could be provided as:
Goods, such as brand new items of furniture delivered and installed direct from the contractor to the customer
A chip and pin card loaded with a predetermined amount to pay for services such as removal costs
There is no cash alternative.
Will my personal circumstances be checked by the welfare team? Yes:
We have the required access to DWP data to check information provided by applicants.
We will work with applicants to identify any other support they may need or be entitled to and refer them to relevant services to help tackle underlying problems. This may include money advice, debt advice, welfare rights, social work or any other relevant services.
We are working with DWP to achieve continuity with other welfare provision.
Eligibility checks will be done to find out whether the applicant is eligible for a grant. These include identity and residence checks , a check against a savings threshold and the limit for repeat applications.
We will check that the applicant’s personal circumstances meet the conditions set out for the grants.
We will check the applicant’s needs are of sufficient priority to warrant a payment from limited funds by assessing them as high, medium or low priority.
We will check there is sufficient money available in the budget to pay a grant.
What happens if I am refused a grant or I do not qualify?
You can find more information on our review process here.
Where else can I get support?
Fife council, other agencies and local charities are on hand to help and give you advice on anything from budgeting, getting back onto learning, employment, travel costs to energy advice and keeping safe.
Where can I find out more information about the scheme?
To find out more about the Scottish Welfare Fund, see the page on the Scottish Government's Website at:
Scottish Welfare Fund Team
Tel: 0300 555 0265 Contact Scottish Welfare Fund Team online