The purpose of the Fund
The priority of the Fund is the provision of school shoes and warm jackets to children of school age. Outerwear bearing the school logo is not eligible.
Other support for children and, exceptionally, adults may be offered from time to time if so decided by the Trustees.
Who is eligible for assistance from the Edinburgh Police Fund for Children?
A family with school age children who are resident in Edinburgh and meet the application criteria can apply for a grant from the Fund.
How do I apply to the Edinburgh Police Fund for Children?
Applications must be submitted via a post holder in a local authority or voluntary sector agency. Suitable post holders include social workers, housing officers, debt advisers, employment advisers, community link workers, head teachers, family support workers. Applications will not be accepted directly from members of the public.
To apply for a grant please complete the online application form.
To find out the status of your application or you have a question please email the EPFC Grant Administrator.
Criteria for Grants
- The priority of the Fund is the provision of school shoes and warm jackets to children of school age
- The beneficiary must be resident in the City of Edinburgh
- Families are encouraged to be referred by a third party worker including Social Worker, Support Worker or a Head/Guidance Teacher
- The acknowledgement form and sales receipts (as evidence that the grant has been spent appropriately and as originally intended) should be returned to the Trust Administrator within 4 weeks of receiving the grant.
Any unpaid or unused portion of the grant should be returned within three months (as evidence that the grant has been spent appropriately and as originally intended) should be returned within
- Due to very high demand, the maximum number of applications per school is 5 per term and an annual cap of 10 will apply.
- In the event of the Trustees deciding to alter the scope of the Scheme, detailed information will be published on this page of the website
History of the Fund
The Edinburgh Police Fund for Children (EPFC), formerly the Police Aided Clothing Scheme, is registered as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, charity number SC011164, which was instituted in 1892 by the Lord Provost and the Chief Constable of the City of Edinburgh. Its priority was to “alleviate the suffering of necessitous children, or in exceptional cases adults, resident in the City of Edinburgh, by supplying them with footwear and clothing and by making such other provision to them as may seem requisite from time to time”.
Over many years the Charity has distributed items of clothing (mostly warm jackets and footwear) to children of school age and food vouchers to older and vulnerable people. The Charity’s primary purpose is focused on children and it is the ambition of its Trustees that the majority of the available resources reach this group. EPFC is proud of its history and wishes to ensure that clear links to Police Scotland continue.
From January 2016 the Edinburgh and Lothian Trust Fund SCIO has administered the distribution of grants on behalf of the Edinburgh Police Fund for Children.
At the end of December 2022, the Edinburgh Police Fund for Children (EPFC), was dissolved as an independent registered charity but it remains as a separate fund within Edinburgh and Lothian Trust Fund SCIO. So, organisations can apply for grants for shoes and jackets in the same way and the grant conditions remain the same.
Please visit Edinburgh & Lothian Trust Fund SCIO
Download the Edinburgh Police Fund for Children leaflet.