Usually, to qualify for a Sure Start Maternity Grant there must be no other children in your family and you or your partner must 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 either:
- 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 must claim by the deadline.
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