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 must claim by the deadline.
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