from the Social Fund
Please read these notes carefully. They explain the
circumstances when a loan can be paid. Different circumstances
apply to payments of Community Care Grants and Budgeting
Loans. If you think you may be eligible for either of these types of
payments, read the section on the right hand side of this page or
the section on the other side of this page.
You will need to fill in the right application form for the type of
payment you need. These are:
● form SF300 for a Community Care Grant
● form SF500 for a Budgeting Loan
● form SF401 for a Crisis Loan
● form SF100 (Sure Start) for a Sure Start Maternity Grant
● form SF200 for a Funeral Payment
You must fill in a separate form for each one.
You also may be able to get a Crisis Loan if you need help
with paying rent in advance
● either in an emergency or as a consequence of a disaster, or
● to a non-local authority landlord because you are moving out
of a care home or institutional care and a Community Care
Grant is being paid to establish you in the community.
Crisis Loans have to be paid back but they are
You may be able to get a Crisis Loan if:
● you are aged 16 or over
● in an emergency or because of a disaster, you do not have
enough money to meet the immediate needs of yourself and
your family, if you have one
● there is no other way to prevent serious damage or serious risk
to the health, or safety, of yourself or a member of your family.
How we decide what we can pay you
The decision maker will look at all the circumstances of the
application before deciding if a payment can be made. There
is only a limited amount of money available for loans and
grants and the decision maker has to meet priority needs first.
How you pay back a loan
● If we can pay you a Crisis Loan, we will ask you to agree to
repay it and also to agree the way you will repay it before we
make the payment.
● We will look at what you can afford before we decide on the
arrangements for repayments.