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.


Rosyth Co op Store

Tel: 01383 420879

Castlandhill Road , Rosyth KY11 2PZ

Royal Observer Corps Benevolent Fund (ROCBF)

– Secretary
Email: via website

Royal Observer Corps Benevolent Fund , 120 Perry Hall Road, Orpington, Kent BR6 0EF

The Royal Observer Corps Benevolent Fund exists to provide assistance and relief to those former members of the Royal Observer Corps and their dependents who are in need, hardship or distress.


Ruchazie, Garthamlock and Craigend Credit Union

Tel: 0141 774 4123 Email: rgccultd@yahoo.co.uk

427 Gartloch Road , Ruchazie, Glasgow G33 3TH

Ruchill Credit Union

Tel: 0141 946 2832

Ruchill Community Centre , 671 Bilsland Drive, Glasgow G20 9NF

Scottish Postal Workers Credit Union

Tel: 0141-332-3286

164 Bath Street , Glasgow G2 4TB


Scottish Welfare Fund

Tel: 01738 476900

In April 2013, Scottish Local Authorities (Councils) became responsible for administering the Scottish Welfare Fund.

Due to a series of ongoing welfare reforms to the benefits system, Social Fund Crisis Loans and Community Care Grants paid by the DWP have been abolished.      In their place is a new discretionary scheme called the Scottish Welfare Fund which provides: • Crisis Grant and Community Care Grants.These are provided in cash or kind and do not need to be paid back. How to applyYou must apply to the Council where you live or intend to live (if you are leaving prison, hospital or residential care). If you live, or intend living in the Perth & Kinross Council area, you can apply by phoning or by completing an online application form:

 www.gov.uk/ scottishwelfarefund