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I need help applying for the Transition Fund. Can someone help me fill in my application form?

Yes. If you need help to fill in your application, we would encourage you to seek help from a family member, friend or from someone else who currently supports you, for example: a teacher, social worker, staff member from a registered charity or organisation that offers support to disabled people.

As long as the goal is your own, there is no problem with having someone to help you fill out the application form.

If you need more information, or if you don’t have someone who can help you, please give us a call on 0300 200 2022 or email

How will I know if my application has been successful?

If your application has been successful, we will let you know via your chosen method of contact i.e. phone, email or letter. You will be able to tell us which contact method you prefer in your application.

We aim to get back to all applicants within twelve weeks of receiving your completed application and all of the information we need.

What can I do if my application has been unsuccessful?

If your application has been unsuccessful we will let you know why. You will be able to ask for a review of this decision if you want to.

Can I reapply if I have been unsuccessful in the past?

Yes, if your application has been unsuccessful you can reapply.

Can I reapply if I have been successful in the past?

Yes. Successful applicants may re-apply, however depending on the demand placed on the Transition Fund, we may prioritise first time applicants.

Can I apply for more than one thing?

Yes, you can apply for more than one thing within the maximum award, providing that you explain how each item or activity helps you with your goals.

How will I be able to tell if I receive ‘little’ formal support?

If you are unsure of this when you are applying, we would urge you to give us a call to discuss your support. The amount of support you need can then be considered along with the amount of support you have already. Individuals who have no support from Social Work Services, but who are eligible for the Transition Fund will be prioritised.

How will payments be made?

If your application is successful you can receive your payment as one lump sum or it can be spread over a period of time for up to one year.

Do I have to have my own bank account?

ILF Scotland Transition Fund grants aim to help young people transition into adulthood and become independent. Therefore, we would prefer to transfer the money into your own bank account, but we understand that some individuals may need or prefer help from a family member or representative. Where extra support is needed, We will take this into account.

You should add any information about help you may need in your application form or call us to let us know.

Call ILF Scotland on 0300 200 2022 or email Someone will get back to you as soon as possible!

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