We can provide Free School Meals, and payment towards the cost of school clothing and footwear (clothing grants) to the value of £120.00 per child/per year.

To be eligible, you should normally be resident in the Falkirk Council area and your child(ren) must attend any primary, special or secondary school managed by Falkirk Council. Payments may also be made where pupils are attending schools outside the area in limited circumstances.

To check if you qualify, please refer to the table below.

Your income School Clothing Grant Free School Meals
Income Support yes yes
Income-based Job Seekers Allowance yes yes
Income related Employment and Support Allowance yes yes
Universal Credit with monthly earned income of not more than £610 yes yes
Universal Credit with monthly earned income between £610 and £1,342 yes no
Child Tax Credit only (no Working Tax Credit) with other income under £16,105 yes yes
Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit with other income under £6,900 yes yes
Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit with other income between £6,900 and £16,105 yes no
Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 yes yes

Pupils are eligible to apply for Free School Meals in their own right if they are aged 16-18 and in receipt of one of the benefits noted above.

Please note that all pupils attending Primary 1 - 3 are automatically entitled to free school meals.

Pupils who turn 16 on or before 30th September will not be eligible for an award of clothing grant but should apply for Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) instead. These pupils are still eligible for free school meals.


How to apply

If you applied for or received an award of Free School Meals and/or Clothing Grant during the 2018/19 school year you do not need to submit a new application for the school year beginning in August 2019.

We will automatically 'roll forward' your application and we will contact you directly by email or letter regarding this.

If you are a new applicant, you can apply online below:

Please note that the deadline for Clothing Grant applications is 30 March 2020. There is no deadline for Free School Meals applications.


What happens next

If you have been advised that you do not need to make a new application, we will contact you directly by email or letter regarding the progress of your application. It is our aim to process all such awards before the beginning of the school term in August.

If you have submitted a new application we aim to contact you within 4 weeks of receiving your application.

Update your bank details

If your application has been 'rolled forward' from last year and you want to update your bank details, use our online form below:

Supporting documents

Use our Online Postbox form to submit any documents you have been asked to supply.

You can currently use the form to submit documents for the following services:

  • Housing benefit
  • Council Tax
  • Free school meals and Clothing grant
  • Education Maintenance Allowance
  • Homespot application form