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School clothing grants

We can, in some circumstances, provide a grant towards the costs of school clothing and footwear if you receive certain benefits. The grant is £100 per year (1st April to 31st March) for each child.

On this page you can find out more about:

Who can get school clothing grant

The school clothing grant is only available to children in full time education up to the age of 17 years. You can't apply for clothing grants for children attending nursery school.

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 Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit with an income of less than £7,330
  • Universal Credit with a monthly take home pay of less than £610

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. Find out more about Child Tax Credit and working Tax Credit.

If you live in Aberdeenshire but your child attends school in Aberdeen City you must apply to Aberdeen City Council for a school clothing grantIf you qualify for a school clothing grant we will automatically award free school meals entitlement.

How to apply

If you are claiming housing 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.

View free school meals and clothing grants privacy notice (pdf 40KB).

Apply for school clothing grant

What happens after

We should contact you within 14 days after receiving your application.

If your child is starting primary 1, secondary years 5 or 6, we can't 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.


Payments are made by BACS to your nominated bank account on a monthly basis but you will be informed about the date of payment as soon as possible.

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.

Who to contact

If you have a queries you can contact our Support and Advice team: