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Transition Fund Brochure

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Published: August 22, 2022

What is it?

The ILF Scotland Transition Fund provides money, for up to one year, to support young people living with disabilities (as defined in the Equality Act 2010) to improve their lives. This includes autism, learning difficulty, physical disability, mental health (e.g. anxiety or depression) or hearing or visual impairments.

The purpose of the Fund is to help young people, between the ages of 16 and 25 living with disabilities, with the transition after leaving school or children’s services to be more independent and to continue spending time with other people.

The Fund is for those who have little or no formal support from Social Work Services or through Self Directed Support (SDS) to be included and actively participate in their community.

Who can apply?

You can apply for the ILF Scotland Transition Fund if you:

  • Are between the age of 16 and 25 years old (if you apply at 15 you won’t receive the money until you turn 16 and if you are 25 applications must be made before your 26th birthday).
  • Will be resident in Scotland for the duration of the Transition Fund grant period.
  • Have an impairment or disability (as defined in the Equality Act 2010).
  • Have less than £32,750 of personal savings.

Proof of disability

You’ll need proof of your disability or impairment. If you are receiving Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP) this can act as proof.

Alternatively, you can also ask for a letter from your:

  • Social Worker
  • Local Area Coordinator
  • Teacher
  • Careers Advisor
  • Health Worker
  • GP
  • Support/Charity Worker (the charity they work for must have a registered charity number)

If you can’t get a letter from any of these please contact us by email on or by phone on 0300 200 2022 about other forms of evidence.

What can the money be used for?

Money from the ILF Scotland Transition Fund can be used to help you participate in activities that you may not have been able to take part in before that will help you to become independent and continue to spend time with other people.

You CAN use the money for things like:

  • art or music lessons,
  • a device or piece of technology to help you with your impairment,
  • to join a class and/or club,
  • travel training,
  • driving lessons (we do not normally fund vehicles), and training courses.

Limits on using the money

Money from the ILF Scotland Transition Fund cannot be used for things that another organisation would give you money for, e.g. Access to Work, Student Awards Agency Scotland, etc.

Money from the Fund CANNOT be used for these things:

  • Essential safeguarding/ adult support and protection
  • Personal care
  • Medical care
  • Cleaning and domestic duties
  • Supervision
  • Holidays
  • Aids and adaptations

How much money can I get?

The most amount of money you can apply to the ILF Scotland Transition Fund for is £4,000.
When you apply you will need to give the reasons why you need the money and what you want to do with it.

If your application is successful you can receive the payment in one lump sum or over a period of time for up to one year. ILF Scotland staff will talk to you about this if your application is successful.

You can contact us by email on or by phone on 0300 200 2022 for more information about the amount of money you can apply for.

Young person's planning grant

Looking to be more independent, participate in your community and want to spend more time with others, but don’t know how?

Are you leaving school or children’s services and not quite sure what to do next or how to go about
planning it?

If so, ILF Scotland can provide person centred planning grants to help young people find the support they need to plan their future and make an application to the ILF Scotland Transition Fund.

More information

For further information about the planning grant please contact us by emailing
or by phoning 0300 200 2022.

How can I apply?


You can now apply online by using our online application service. This is a quick and easy way to apply, which allows you to create an account and submit your application online. You can access the online application service here.

You can also apply by going on to our website and downloading the application form, filling it in and emailing it to us at


If you cannot access our website, you can phone us on 0300 200 2022 or write to us using the address
below and ask us to send you an application form.

ILF Scotland
Ground Floor, Denholm House,
Almondvale Way
Livingston EH54 6GA

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Get in touch

ILF Scotland
Ground Floor, Denholm House,
Almondvale Way
Livingston EH54 6GA

Telephone: 0300 200 2022

Telephone: 0300 200 2022

ILF Scotland Limited is a company limited by guarantee registered in Scotland Company Number SC500075. Registered office Ground Floor, Denholm House, Almondvale Way, Livingston EH54 6GA

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