ILF Scotland

Independent Living Fund

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The ILF Scotland Independent Living Fund is designed to support individuals who have complex disabilities to live independently in Scotland or Northern Ireland.

Scotland - fund now re-opened!

The Independent Living Fund re-opened in Scotland in April 2024. This is on a phased basis, with an initial £9 million in the financial year 2024 to 2025. This will enable up to 1,000 additional disabled people with the most complex needs to access the support they need and deserve to live independent lives.

How to Apply

Applications to the re-opened fund should be submitted by local authority social work departments on behalf of disabled people in Scotland.

Local Authority Guidance

When submitting an application, the local authority will need to make sure that a potential recipient meets the following Access Principles:

  • The person lives in Scotland.
  • They are aged 16 years or over at the time of application.
  • They access Self-Directed Support.
  • They receive a net weekly budget of at least £800 per week.

All submitted applications will be assessed by ILF Scotland. The maximum award that ILF Scotland is able to pay is £330 per week. Any funding awarded by ILF Scotland will be additional and complementary to the statutory funding provided by a person’s Local Authority.

If you meet the access principles outlined above and would like to consider applying to the fund, you should contact your local authority.

You can read about the process to re-open the fund on our dedicated re-opening page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question about the re-opened fund? Have a look at our Frequently Asked Questions and see if it's been answered.

Recipients in Scotland can help shape our services by joining our Scotland Advisory Group.

Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Government took the decision that residents from Northern Ireland who used to receive funding from the ILF UK would continue to receive funds through ILF Scotland when it was established in 2015. ILF Scotland has therefore continued to provide funding for over 400 people in Northern Ireland since 1 July 2015 and people’s funds are administered by the same staff who administer funds for people in Scotland.

Unfortunately, at this time, the Independent Living Fund in Northern Ireland remains closed to new applicants.

Recipients in Northern Ireland can help shape our services by joining our Northern Ireland Stakeholder Group.


Guiding our work on the 2015 Fund are our policies. You'll find links to our key policies below or visit our policies and equality impact assessments page.

If you have any queries, please contact us.

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