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. Please read the guidance notes to help you complete it. You can also get a paper copy from your school.
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.
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
- 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.