Free school meals and school clothing grants

Who qualifies for free school meals and school clothing grants

Low income families can get free school meals, milk and a school clothing grant to help towards buying school clothes for their children.

All children in primary 1 to 3 receive free school meals, but not free milk or a clothing grant.

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

If you match these conditions you will also qualify for free milk and a clothing grant.

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Each award is valid for one school year. The award provides

  • each child with one school meal and milk each day they attend school
  • a clothing grant payment of £100 for each child.

We pay one clothing grant per year, per child, into your bank account. Most clothing grants are paid throughout July and August before the new school year begins.

Automatic awards

If you get housing benefit and/or council tax reduction, we can use information we already hold about your benefits to give you an automatic award each year. This means you do not need to fill in a new application form.

If you qualify for an automatic award we'll send you a letter telling you. We will ask you to confirm your bank account details before we pay your clothing grant.

Automatic awards for the 2019-20 school year were made in June 2019.

Apply for assistance

If you did not get an automatic award, you need to apply.

If you apply before 26 July 2019 we aim to process your awards in time for the start of the 2019-20 school year.

Download the free school meals application form (PDF, 85 KB

Submit the form to the contact details below.

When you contact us it would be helpful if you can give us Housing Benefit or Council Tax reference number.

Other support with school clothing

The Edinburgh Police Fund for Children helps families buy school footwear and jackets. Grants are normally up to £50 per child.

Edinburgh School Uniform Bank provides new school uniforms for children in families in financial hardship. To get a referral for this contact your

  • pupil support worker
  • head teacher
  • social worker
  • education welfare officer
  • support worker.

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