The Society provides support to its beneficiaries by way of an Annual Grant which currently amounts to £1,320. From April 2018 this will be paid in equal monthly installments and will continue for as long as the beneficiary meets the Society's criteria.
Beneficiaries are visited regularly by one of the Society's Caseworkers. These visits occur every 12-15 months within mainland Scotland, or 18-24 months elsewhere. The main purpose of the visit is to complete an up to date financial assessment in order that we can assess your continued eligibility for our grant. The Caseworker’s visit can also provide an opportunity to discuss in confidence, any anxieties or worries that the beneficiary may be experiencing. She can provide an often welcome “listening ear”, and although unable to offer direct advice, she can often provide you with contact details of other organisations which may be of help.
From time to time the Society may find itself with income surplus to its commitments. In these circunstances the Society has distributed this as Supplementary Grants to those beneficiaries on the lowest incomes and savings. Such grants should not be relied upon for regular income.
There are also special occasions when extra grants may be awarded. In 2016, all beneficiaries received an extra £90 along with their June quarterly grant in recognition of the 90th birthday of our Patron, Her Majesty The Queen.
Please note that the Society does NOT provide one-off or occasional single grants for specific items of expenditure.