0131 550 1561 office@veteransscotland.org.uk

Funding and Support

Council Tax, utility bills, groceries and rent; these are just some of the financial commitments that many Veterans face for the first time when they leave the Services.  Because bills have previously been deducted from pay at source, it can be a challenge to budget for them, yet failing to do so can bring long-lasting negative consequences.

In this section we provide direction to credit unions, which can offer a wide range of affordable financial services, and to debt advice and support organisations that can give advice to avoid and, if necessary, recover from debt.

Some useful websites include:

National Debt Line

The law about debt is different depending on whether you live in England and Wales or Scotland. If you live in Scotland, make sure you are in our Scottish site so you get the right advice.

Scotland's Financial Health Service  

Welcome to Scotland’s Financial Health Service website (SFHS). This Scottish Government website is the place to come if you have financial concerns or are just seeking useful, free and impartial advice which you can trust.

Government Guide to Benefits, Tax Credits and Other Support 

A number of veterans are unaware of the various benefits and other support that they may be eligible for and as such the link below will offer advice and guidance.

Benefits Calculator 

You may be missing out on financial help that you are entitled to through welfare benefits. The entitled to calculator can help you check what you might be able to claim.

To refine your searches by local authorities choose from the form below and click search.

Social Security Scotland

Stakeholder resources

We want to work in partnership with our stakeholders. This is where you can find resources for you to help us promote the benefits we deliver. If you would like to request any hard copies of our resources please complete the Marketing Materials request form below.

Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment

Best Start Grant Early Learning Payment

Best Start Grant School Age Payment

Carer's Allowance Supplement

Funeral Support Payment

General Resources

Education and training funding for veterans

You can get help paying for qualifications whether you:

  • are planning on leaving the armed forces
  • have already left and want to know more about your options


The Veterans' Foundation Grant Applications

Trustees of the Veterans Foundation allocate grants every three or four months.  They welcome applications from Armed Forces charities and other organisations carrying out charitable work for serving or veteran members of the Armed Forces, qualifying merchant seamen, and their dependants, who are in need. Deadlines for applications are the end of December, March, May and September each year. Further details can be found on the website www.veteransfoundation.org.uk/grant-application/ .

Additional sources of funding for charities, community groups or social enterprise.

Find funding for your charity, community group or social enterprise using online websites. From small grants to funding for big capital projects, using these tools you can track down various sources of funding you need to make a difference in your community.  We have listed several of these organisation that you may wish to engage with regarding future funding of your projects.


Funding websites

Join over 3,000 subscribers to the best-selling funding websites for charities, containing more sources, commentary and funding analysis than anywhere else.


RIFT Social Enterprise: Helping Veterans reclaim £1000s in travel claims

Are you a veteran? Have you seen active service within the last 4 years? Did you travel home whilst you were posted?

If you have answered ‘yes’ to all of these questions, you could well be entitled to reclaim £1000s back in tax relating to your travel whilst you were serving. And we bet that no one even told you!?

RIFT Social Enterprise is a not-for-profit organisation supporting ’hard to reach’ individuals reclaim tax that they have overpaid, support them with getting their tax affairs in order and providing specialised training and on-going support with becoming self-employed. It was established in January 2018, originally focusing on supporting people within the criminal justice sector, however it has recently branched out and now supports anyone who is classed as ‘hard to reach’ under the following criteria:

  • You have a disability
  • You are a carer
  • You have a criminal conviction
  • You have been on benefits for 24 months or longer
  • You are currently homeless
  • You are dependent on drugs or alcohol

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Shetland Islands Citizens Advice Bureau

Council Offices Outhreach
Tel: 01595 694696 Email: sicab@zetnet.co.uk

Charlotte House , Commercial Road, Lerwick ZE1 0LX

Shettleston Credit Union (Tollcross)

Tel: 0141 764 0276 Email: STCU1993@aol.com

1290-1294 Shettleston Road , Shettleston, Glasgow G32 7YR

South Airdrie Credit Union

Tel: 01236 605 978

6 Clark Street , Airdrie ML6 0AA

South Airdrie Credit Union

Tel: 01236 605 978

6 Clark Street , Airdrie ML6 0AA

South Ayreshire Citizens Advice Bureau

Tel: 01292 616060

5 – 7 River Terrace Trading Standards Service , Ayr KA8 0BJ

South Ayrshire Debt Advice Helpline

Tel: 01292 616060

South Coatbridge Credit Union

Tel: 07786 175 906 Email: marielkearney@aol.com

19 Easton Place , Coatbridge ML5 4EW

South Kintyre Credit Union Ltd.

Tel: 01586 553 368

25 Longrow , Cambeltown PA28 6ER