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 money 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 assistance with schoolwear.

Apply for assistance

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

Submit your application

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 assistance with schoolwear award is

  • £43 for primary
  • £50 for secondary.

The council is changing the way we pay clothing grants.  If you qualify and have applied for a clothing grant you will receive a payment directly in to your bank account.

The eligible applications for clothing grants that have been received prior to 9 July 2017 have now been processed and the payments are due to reach bank accounts the week commencing Monday 17 July.  The payment will appear on your bank statement as ‘clothing grant’.

It is our aim to pay eligible applications received after 9 July within two weeks of a properly completed application being received.

For applications to be processed before the start of the school year the application must be received by 31 July 2017.

Once we approve your award

We will send you a letter and notify your school of your award.

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