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.

Free School Meal and Clothing Grants are to assist with the cost of school meals and school clothing for families who are on a qualifying benefit or on a low income.  

All pupils in Primary 1-3 are currently eligible for free school meals.  Registering for Free School Meals can help your school as some Scottish Government funding provided directly to schools is linked to the number of pupils who are entitled to free school meals. 

The current award for a School Clothing Grant is £134 per 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:

  • Income Support
  • Job Seekers Allowance (Income based)
  • Employment and Support Allowance (Income based)
  • Child Tax Credit on its own, with an income of less than £16,105 (subject to change)
  • Both Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit with an income of up to £7,330 (subject to change)
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit with a monthly earned income of not more than £610

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 .

APPLY

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:

ApplicationFormFreeSchoolMealsClothingGrants

To report a change in your circumstances please contact:

Email: Educationbenefits@dumgal.gov.uk

Phone on: 030 33 33 3000

PAYMENT

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.

School Uniform Bank - Free Clothing Support

Do you have any spare school uniforms and stationery you no  longer need and could be used by others?  We need donations of all school uniforms, black skirts and trousers which can be worn by both Primary and Secondary school children.

You can drop off donations at the following locations:

  • Tesco, Charlotte Street, Stranraer
  • Wilko, Cotton Street, Castle Douglas
  • Summerhill Community Centre, Dumfries
  • Oasis Youth Centre, Newall Terrace, Dumfries
  • Annan Recycle, Provost Mills, Annan
  • DG Customer Services, High Street, Sanquhar
  • DG Customer Services, Greystone Avenue Kelloholm

If you need free uniforms you can receive them at the following locations:

  • The Re-Use Centre, Stranraer Furniture Project, Stranraer
  • Castle Douglas Charity Shop, King Street, Castle Douglas
  • Summerhill Community Centre, Dumfries
  • Oasis Youth Centre, Newall Terrace, Dumfries
  • Annan Newstart, Provost Mills, Annan
  • DG Customer Services, High Street, Sanquhar
  • DG Customer Services, Greystone Avenue Kelloholm

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  www.mygov.scot/best-start-grant or by contacting the Freephone helpline on 0800 182 2222.  Deadlines do apply.  The helpline is open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 6 pm.

 

Page last updated: 18/08/2020
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