Free school meals and clothing grants

Who qualifies?

We provide children from low income families with free school meals and money to help towards buying school clothes. Young people over the age of 16 staying on at school and living on their own can also apply.

Find out if you qualify to claim free school meals on the Scottish Government website.

Each award is valid for one school year.

The meals award provides a pupil with one free school meal each day they attend school. Children in P1 to P3 across Scotland can take a free school meal every day.

The clothing grants are:

  • £60 for primary
  • £65 for secondary

How to apply

There is a single application form for both benefits, and you need only apply once per year. Supporting evidence will be needed at the time of applying. We cannot process applications until we receive this.

Application form for clothing grant and free school meals 2017-18 (PDF)

Application forms are also available from:

Send completed forms to the address below.

We aim to process all applications within 28 days, although this may vary in busy periods.

Free school meals will be awarded immediately, and clothing grants will normally be awarded within 28 days from receipt of application.

  • Applications received 1 April – 31 May 2017 will be paid by 30 June 2017
  • Applications received 1 June – 30 June 2017 will be paid by 31 July 2017 and each month thereafter