You are able to claim the grant from 11 weeks before your due date. You must make sure you claim no later than six months after your baby is born.
If you’re going to be responsible for someone else's child, you must make the claim no later than six months of this happening.
To make a claim download the Sure Start Maternity Maternity Grant SF100 claim form
Welsh: Ffurflen gais Grant Mamolaeth Cychwyn Cadarn
NB. There’s a different form and postal address if you live in Northern Ireland.
Once completed you will need to ask a health professional (for example a doctor or midwife) to sign your claim form too.
You should then post it to “Freepost DWP SSMG” - a postcode or stamp is not required. You also have the option of taking the form to your local Jobcentre Plus, but that can take a lot longer to process.
You will be notified by post, telling you if your claim was successful. For Universal Credit claimants, you will not receive a decision on your claim until after your next payment. If unsuccessful, you can challenge a decision by asking for a mandatory reconsideration.