Independent Living Fund (ILF) Scotland Transition Fund

The Independent Living Fund (ILF) Scotland Transition Fund helps young people, ages 16-25 who are living with a disability in Scotland.

Money from the ILF Scotland Transition Fund can be used to help an applicant participate in activities that they may not have been able to take part in before that will help them to become active and engaged in their community. Our current Maximum grant amount, from 1st April 2021 is £4000.

Each grant is for a period of 12 months from the date of payment. Successful applicants may reapply at the end of their grant period to meet a different goal. However, new applicants will be prioritised. Young people who have little or no formal support from Social Work Services or through Self Directed Support (SDS) will get priority.

You can use the money for things like:

  • Art or music lessons

  • A device or piece of technology to help you with your transition

  • To join a class and/or club

  • Travel training

  • Training courses

  • Driving lessons

  • To "try something new".

Read Gemma's and other young people's stories on the Independent Living Fund (ILF) Scotland website to see examples of what other young people have applied to the Transition Fund to cover.

Last updated on 27 April 2021

Who is eligible?

We accept applications from young people aged between 15-25 years old who are living with a disability in Scotland.

You must:

  • Be legally resident and present in Scotland when you apply

  • Have an impairment or disability (as defined in the Equality Act 2010).

  • Less than £28,500 of personal savings.

Please note:

  • If you apply at 15, you won't receive the money until you turn 16.

  • If you are 25, applications must be made before your 26th birthday.

  • Funds must be used to meet an outcome that makes you more engaged and active in your community

  • Money from the ILF Transition Fund cannot be used for things that another organisation would give you money for.

  • Money from the ILF Transition Fund cannot be used for the following things: Personal or medical care, communication aids, aids and adaptations, home improvements, cleaning duties, supervision safeguarding/adult support and protection, day to day expenses, accommodation costs, clothing (unless it is specifically required for an activity), holidays.


How to apply?

Grants are usually paid direct to the applicant. However if this is not suitable or possible, then we have a number of other solutions that can be considered, including a family member acting on behalf of the applicant or use of a third party payment agency if this is required.

Applications can be made directly by the individual requiring the grant but a supporting letter/statement from a professional may be required (see below).

If the person is receiving Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP), no letter of support is required. Proof of receipt of the benefit will be required.

If the person does not receive one of these benefits, then they will need a letter from one of the following to tell us about the applicant's disability/impairment and how it affects them in their life: Social worker, local area coordinator, teacher, health worker, GP, careers advisors, a registered charity (they must have a registered charity number).

We also require formal quotes for the items or services that the applicant intends to buy with the grant.


You can apply online by visiting and clicking the "Apply Now" banner. This is the easiest and fastest method to apply.

You can apply by going on 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 and ask us to send you an application form.

Application process

We usually process applications within 12 weeks of receipt of the application. However, it does sometimes take longer, although we will always contact applicants to advise if this is the case.

We respond to all applicants, successful or otherwise. If we are not able to fund a specific request, we will always tell applicants why and invite them to reapply while they remain eligible. We will work with applicants to refine or rework applications, where required, to assist them in making a successful application. We can also provide access to funds for Person-Centred Planning if the young person is unsure what they want to achieve.


Other information

ILF Scotland can also offer funding for a young person to have a person-centred plan completed if they are unsure what they want to do next. This can then be followed up with a full grant application within the following year. For more details, please go to

Contact details

Independent Living Fund Scotland
Ground Floor, Denholm House, Almondvale Business Park, Almondvale Way
EH54 6GA
Telephone: 0300 200 2022

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