The Scottish Government opened the applications for Self-Isolation support grant in October 2020.

If you have been asked by Test and Protect to isolate following a positive COVID-19 test or having been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, you will receive a phone call offering support. The £500 grant is there to ease the pressure of not being able to attend work and missing out on household income.

If you think you would struggle to order food and supplies for the duration of isolation, please do take up the offer of £500 and stay home to help stop the spread of the virus. The grant is available for people who are in receipt of Universal Credit or legacy benefits who are employed or self-employed.

Although the local authorities will proactively contact you to offer help if you need to self-isolate, you can also self-refer yourself for the Self-Isolation Support grant through the National Assistance Helpline on 0800 111 4000. The line operates during core working hours of Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

The service will deliver an initial 30-minute call, followed up by two 10-minute calls during the period of self-isolation and will initially prioritise the most vulnerable individuals. This will ensure people are referred to the relevant services for support while maximising uptake of the Self-Isolation Support Grant for those who are eligible.

Grants can be received more than once if people are asked to self-isolate on more than one occasion, as long as these do not overlap. 

The Self-Isolation Support Grant does not cover people who are quarantining after returning to the UK from abroad, unless they have tested positive for coronavirus or have been told to stay at home and self-isolate by the Test and Protect Service.