About the Maternity Grant
The Maternity Grant is a single (tax free) payment of £674.94 to help with the general cost of having a baby. It's normally paid directly into your bank account.
If you have multiple births (twins, triplets or more), you'll get this amount for each baby.
The Maternity Grant is one of two maternity benefits that we offer. The other is Maternity Allowance.
Maternity Allowance: weekly payments
Your entitlement to Maternity Grant
Your entitlement for a Maternity Grant is based on your Social Security contributions. If you’ve worked and contributed at some stage in your working life, you’re likely to qualify.
If you’re married or in a civil partnership we can also use your husband’s or civil partner’s contributions.
If you don’t have enough contributions we’ll contact you.
How to claim the Maternity Grant
You can claim your Maternity Grant by completing an online form.
Your midwife will fill in the first part of the form with details about your pregnancy. Your midwife will then email you a link to the form and you must fill in the rest of it.
This should be done shortly after your 28 week appointment.
When you can claim the Maternity Grant
You can claim the grant any time between 13 weeks before your baby is due to be born, and six months after your baby is born.
Maternity Grant and other benefits
A Maternity Grant does not affect any other Social Security contributory benefits or Income Support you receive.