School Clothing Grants

Download our School Clothing Grant Leaflet (pdf 289kb)

School clothing grant cost

The grant is £100 per year (1st April to 31st March) for each child. Payments are made by BACS to your nominated bank account.

Applying for school clothing grant

You can apply for a school clothing grant if you or your family receives:

  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income-based Job Seeker's Allowance (JSA)
  • Any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit (CTC), but not Working Tax Credit, and your income is less than £16,105
  • Both maximum Child Tax Credit and maximum Working Tax Credit and your income is under £6420
  • Universal Credit

If you are between 16 and 18 years old and receive any of these benefits in your own right, you can apply for a school clothing grant for yourself.

You may also be eligible if you are an asylum seeker receiving support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Contribution based job seekers allowance is not an eligible criteria for school clothing grants. For more information on Child Tax Credit and working Tax Credit visit the Inland Revenue website.

If you live in Aberdeenshire but your child attends school in Aberdeen City you must apply to Aberdeen City Council for a school clothing grant.

Age of children for clothing grant 

The School Clothing Grant is only available to children in full time education up to the age of 17 years. You cannot apply for clothing grants for children attending nursery school.

Application form

Apply online for school clothing grant

If you are claiming housing and/or council tax reduction, you are not required to complete a separate application form. We will contact you directly about a school clothing grant. The information you have already supplied will be used to assess your entitlement for a school clothing grant.  If we do require any further information we will write to you about this.

If you are not claiming housing / council tax reduction, you can obtain an application form at your child’s school or by contacting your local Aberdeenshire Support and Advice Team.

Alternatively you can call the Team on 03456 08 12 00 or e-mail

You can also download an application form here:

View Free School Meals and Clothing Grants privacy notice (pdf 40KB).

Information you need for the application

If you are claiming housing and/or council tax reduction, you do not need to provide any additional information unless we request it. If you are not applying for housing/council tax reduction you will need to provide proof of your income. This could be:

  • 'How your income support is worked out' statement from your Department of Work and Pensions Office
  • Your TC602 Tax Credit Award Notice from Inland Revenue.

Please note we cannot accept bank statements as these do provide all of the required information. You will need to include original documents with your application (photocopies are not accepted). The documents will be returned to you.

Buying a school uniform

You are strongly encouraged to use the clothing grant to buy clothes that meet the school dress code. Some items of school clothing can be bought from your child's school.

Return application form

Completed application forms must be returned to the Aberdeenshire Support and Advice Team at the following address:

Aberdeenshire Council
PO Box 18533
AB51 5WX

Alternatively, you can submit your form to your local Aberdeenshire Support and Advice Team. 

Awarded a grant

The Team should contact you within 14 days.

Payments are made on a monthly basis but will you will be informed about the date of payment as soon as possible,

Please note, if your child is starting Primary 1, Secondary years 5 or 6, we cannot award a grant until their attendance at school has been confirmed. Payment will not be made until after the schools return from their summer break.

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