Applying for the Scottish Government £100 COVID Spring hardship grant for children.
What is the grant and who is eligible?
Families with children of school age, receiving free school meals on the basis of low income and children of pre-school age, receiving an Early Learning and Childcare settings placement on the basis of low income are eligible for a £100 per child COVID Spring hardship grant from the Scottish Government. Eligible families will receive the Scottish Government grant through Aberdeen City Council – we are administering the grant on behalf of the Scottish Government.
The payment is per child not per household.
P1-3 pupils receiving free school meals due to universal provision, not due to low income, are not eligible.
P1 to P3 pupils where the family meet the benefit criteria for the Free Schools Meals will receive the grant and should apply for Free School Meals if they have not already. We are using the information on who is currently in receipt of free school meals to verify entitlement, so families should apply for Free School Meals where they have not.
What can the grant be used for?
There are no restrictions on how families choose to spend the additional payment and it is anticipated that common uses may include paying for food, fuel, and other essentials.
How to apply?
School age Children
All families who are currently approved for Free School Meals due to low-income reasons will be contacted by Aberdeen City Council via GroupCall from Monday 8th March 2020. The email or text will provide each family with a unique code which needs to be used to complete the required form on the Council’s website.
Children in Early Learning and Childcare Placement
All families who have a children of pre-school age, receiving an Early Learning and Childcare settings placement on the basis of low income should apply using the form below.
Who is eligible for free school meals due to low income?
Families with children in receipt of free school meals due to reasons of low income are eligible for the £100 per child COVID Spring hardship grants. Eligibility for Free School Meals based on low income, is where the household is in receipt of:
- Income Support
- Income-based Job Seekers’ Allowance
- Any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance
- Child Tax Credit, but not Working Tax Credit, with an income of less than £16,105
- Both Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit with an income of up to £7,330
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Universal Credit with a monthly earned income from your employer of not more than £610
- Universal Credit, with a single parent/carer working less than 16 hours per week with an annual earned income from employment of less than £16,105
- Universal Credit, with both parents/carers working less than 24 hours per week with an annual earned income from employment of less than £16,105
Who will not get the payment?
You will not get the payment if your child:
- gets universal free school meals in primary 1 to 3 and you do not meet the eligibility criteria
- does not go to a council school
- is home educated
When will new free school meals applications be processed?
Any new free school meal applications that are received on or before 26th March 2021 will be sent information on how to apply for the grant by the 16 April 2021.
Any free school meals application received after the 26 March 2021 will not receive the grant.
When do I get the grant?
Payments for the £100 per child COVID Spring hardship grant will be issued on two dates.
For those who have submitted their application and it has been approved by the 15 March 2021.
- Payments will be raised on the 22 March 2021 and take between 3 to 5 working days to reach your bank account. Payments should be received by 26 March 2021.
For those who have submitted their application which has been approved after the 15 March 2021.
- Payments will be raised on the 26 April 2021 and take between 3 to 5 working days to reach your bank account. Payments should be received by 30 April 2021.
How do I get the money?
A cash payment by bank transfer is preferable and alternative methods would be used where there is not a bank account or in other circumstances, such as debt, which would mean that a payment into a bank account would not achieve the aims of payment. You can ask for an alternative payment when you apply.