Destitution Grants

Crisis support for refugees and people seeking asylum in Scotland

A refugee family supported by the Refugee Survival Trust

Our Destitution Grants programme provides small one-off payments to refugees and people seeking asylum in Scotland facing extreme poverty and homelessness. The individuals we support do not receive support from the government or other sources and are at real risk of destitution. These last-resort grants are available to people seeking asylum and refugees for up to six months after they are granted refugee status. Our grants can be the different between having somewhere to stay and sleeping rough; eating properly and begging for help. They offer brief respite from shocking hardship and emotional distress.

Emergency grants for asylum seekers facing homelessness and extreme poverty

Destitution Grant rates are normally £60 per week per person.
We do not feel the Home Office support amount of £37 per week is enough for someone to live on and do not wish to align our grant amounts to that system. 

Travel grants are also available for those that cannot afford necessary travel to apply for asylum or submit further evidence.

How do I apply for a Destitution Grant?

If you are seeking asylum, in Scotland and need to apply for a Destitution Grant, please get in touch with one of the following organisations with who we work in partnership.  They can also provide you with a range of other services and support. Our partners are:



How our refugee crisis support makes a difference

In the last few years we have provided over £100,000 worth of destitution grants each year to asylum seekers and refugees in Scotland facing homelessness and extreme poverty. Here are two stories from the individuals we have helped:

  • Kasim from Iraq has three young children. He got refugee status, but when his asylum support stopped his wife had not yet received her NI number, so they couldn’t make a joint application for benefits. Their family were struggling to eat or afford essentials for the children. RST granted £176 until a Scottish Welfare Fund crisis grant was made.
  • Maimuna, an asylum seeker, had just given birth but was facing destitution without any support for a month due to a Home Office error. RST granted her £50 while a partner organisation worked to regain her support.

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