Free school meals and help with schoolwear

Who qualifies for food and clothing grants

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

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

If you match these conditions and do not receive any element of Working Tax Credit you can also claim schoolwear vouchers.

Apply for assistance

Download the application form below to apply for the current school year, ending June 2017. Please read the guidance notes to help you complete it. You can also get a paper copy from your school.

Applications for the next school year, starting August 2017, will open in June. Please do not use the current application form.

Submit your application

You can send us the form and supporting evidence by post or by email to

We accept scanned copies of your evidence by email.

The award

Each award is valid for one school year.

The meals award provides a pupil with one free school meal each day they attend school.

The clothing vouchers are

  • £43 for primary
  • £50 for secondary.

Vouchers can be used to purchase schoolwear at school or at these Edinburgh stores

  • EESL
  • Marks & Spencer
  • Sondico Professional.

Once we approve your award

For free school meals, we will send you a letter and notify your school of your award.

For assistance with schoolwear, we will send you a separate letter noting how to get your vouchers.

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