Self-Isolation Support Grant

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

The payment is designed to help ensure people who have tested positive for Covid-19 and their close contacts self-isolate for the required period to stop the onward spread of the virus.  

Who can qualify for a self-isolation support grant?

Self-isolation support grants are available to individuals who have been asked to self-isolate on or after the 28 September 2020.

Grants will be awarded if an applicant meets all of the following criteria:

  • They have been required by the Test and Protect Service to self-isolate as a result of Covid-19, either because they have tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, or are awaiting a test result.
  • Their details have been provided to the local authority by the Test and Protect Service confirming they have been asked to self-isolate.
  • They are either employed or self-employed
  • They are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result
  • They are currently receiving or have been awarded but not yet received a payment of any of the following benefits:                  
    • Universal Credit
    • Working Tax Credit
    • Income-based Employment and Support Allowance
    • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
    • Income Support
    • Housing Benefit
    • Pension Credit

How to apply?

Application can be made using the online form.

What evidence will I need to provide?

In order to make an award of a self-isolation support grant, you will have to provide evidence to prove you meet the eligibility criteria. The following evidence will be required:

  • A bank statement of the account into which you wish your grant to be paid.
  • Proof of your employment status such as your most recent payslip or if you are self-employed self-assessment returns.

Evidence can be submitted by e-mail to or by using our evidence upload facility.

How will grants be paid?

Self-isolation support grant payment will be paid directly to the applicant's nominated bank account.