As this is the first time we have opened the Transition Fund we want to make sure that we do it right and we want to make sure everyone in Scotland is getting a chance to apply. To help us do this, we will initially process the first 500 applications, based on geographical location. A number of places will be kept aside for each local authority area across Scotland, which will be representative of its population size.

If your application is one of this first 500 then your application will be processed at the beginning of 2018 and you will be notified of a decision within 12 weeks . If your application is out with this first 500 then you will receive an update about your application within 12 weeks.