Sure Start Maternity Grant

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Eligibility

Usually, to get a Sure Start Maternity Grant you must have no other children under 16. You or your partner must also get one of these benefits:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit that includes a disability or severe disability element
  • Universal Credit

You may also qualify if you’re getting a Support for Mortgage Interest loan.

If you live in Scotland you cannot get a Sure Start Maternity Grant. You can apply for a Pregnancy and Baby Payment instead.

If you already have children under 16

You may still be able to get a grant if any of the following apply:

  • you’re expecting a multiple birth (such as twins)
  • the child you’re caring for is someone else’s (but not your partner’s) and the child was over 12 months old when the arrangement started
  • you’ve been granted refugee status or humanitarian protection and you have a child or children from before you arrived in the UK

You may also get a grant if you’re claiming for a family member who is having their first child and lives with you. That family member must be either:

  • under 16 years old
  • 16 to 19 years old and in ‘approved’ education or training

What counts as ‘approved’ education or training

Approved education must be full-time (more than an average of 12 hours a week supervised study or course-related work experience) and can include:

  • A levels or similar, for example Pre-U or International Baccalaureate
  • T levels
  • NVQs and other vocational qualifications up to level 3
  • home education - if it started before they turned 16 or after 16 if they have special needs
  • traineeships in England

Courses are not approved if paid for by an employer or ‘advanced’, for example a university degree or BTEC Higher National Certificate.

Approved training should be unpaid and can include:

  • Foundation Apprenticeships or Traineeships in Wales
  • PEACE IV Children and Young People 2.1, Training for Success, or Skills for Life and Work in Northern Ireland

Courses that are part of a job contract are not approved.

If you’re not giving birth

You may also be able to get a grant if you’re adopting or becoming a surrogate parent.

The baby must be less than 1 year old on the date you claim. You must be receiving one of the benefits above and one of the following must also apply:

  • you’ve become responsible for the baby and you’re not the mother
  • the baby has been placed with you for adoption
  • you’ve got permission to adopt a baby from abroad
  • you’ve got a parental order for a surrogate birth
  • you’ve been appointed as guardian
  • you’ve an adoption or a residence order