Destitution Grants

RST Destitution Grants are designed to provide support to refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland when no other support is available and there is a real risk of destitution. These grants are given as a short-term measure whilst efforts to tackle the cause of destitution are made, and they are not intended to replace or supplement government support. The grants are minimal and reflect the current rate of Home Office support.

Who is eligible?

Destitution grants are only available to asylum seekers and refugees as a last resort, when all attempts to access Home Office, Department for Work and Pensions or social work support have failed.

Destitution grants are only available to asylum seekers and refugees living in Scotland. If you are living England, Wales or Northern Ireland please visit our Further Support page for details of advice, information and support organisations in your area.

To see examples of previous destitution grants awarded, please visit People’s Stories.

How do I apply?

RST works with partners who provide a range of support to refugees and asylum seekers. RST’s current partners are:

Glasgow

Edinburgh