How to apply for a maternity grant

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How to apply for a maternity grant
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A maternity grant is a grant offered by the United Kingdom government to a low-income family expecting a baby. It is a one-time payment designed to help pay for the expenses of an upcoming child and is funded by the Social Fund. The grant does not have to be repaid and usually is dispersed by direct deposit. The grant amount is £500, and savings accounts do not factor into grant eligibility.

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  • Computer with Internet access
  • Printer
  • Pen

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  1. 1

    Go to the U.K. government's website,

  2. 2

    Click on "Money, tax and benefits" located in the middle of the page under the "Straight to" menu.

  3. 3

    Under "Benefits and financial support," click on "More about benefits and other financial support."

  4. 4

    Click on "Maternity Allowance" found under "Expecting or bringing up children."

  5. 5

    Select the "Sure Start Maternity Grant" link to be directed to the maternity grant page, which provides information pertaining to grant eligibility and all other pertinent information about the programme.

  6. 6

    Click on "Download a Sure Start Maternity Grant form (SF100)" listed under "How to Apply" to download the maternity grant application packet.

  7. 7

    Print the packet, read all program information and instructions, and fill out the forms using a pen.

  8. 8

    Take the "Health professional's statement" to your health care provider to be completed by your midwife or other health care professional.

  9. 9

    Mail or take your completed application to your local jobcentre Plus.

Tips and warnings

  • You can appeal a grant refusal decision within one month for explanation or reconsideration by clicking on "How to appeal against a benefits decision" located on the "Sure Start Maternity Grant" home page.

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