School Clothing Grants

The award of clothing grants is to assist with the cost of school clothing for families who are on a qualifying benefit or on a low income.

The current award for a School Clothing Grant is £134 per Primary aged child and £150 per Secondary aged child.

You may be eligible for a School Clothing Grant if you have a child who attends a school in Dumfries and Galloway and you receive any of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit with a monthly earned income of not more than £726
  • 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 £18,725
  • Both Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit, with an income of up to £8,717
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

If you are not in receipt of any of the above benefits and are experiencing hardship due to exceptional circumstances please complete an application at the link below.  This will be considered by the Education Authority on a discretionary basis..

Other financial help you may qualify for financial help with school transport .


If you are not in receipt of Council Tax Reduction, you will have to provide up to date information on your financial circumstances to assess your eligibility.

If you have not applied before please go to the link below to do so online:

Application Form Free School Meals Clothing Grants >>

To report a change in your circumstances please contact:


Clothing grant payments are paid directly to the applicant's bank account.  If you do not have a bank account please contact us.   Payment's can't be made to Post Office accounts.  We won't pay grants to pupils aged 16 (or who turn 16 between 1 March and 30 September) until after the summer holidays.  We need the school to confirm attendance.

Best Start Grant School Age Payment

Now Open for Applications:

The payment provides families in Scotland, who are on a low income to help with the costs of a child starting school.  People can apply around the time a child normally starts Primary 1 and if they get certain benefits or tax credits.  Applications can be made online at or by contacting the Freephone helpline on 0800 182 2222. 

Deadlines do apply. 

The helpline is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm.

Page last updated: 05/10/2023
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