Financial support for everyday subsistence needs of children

Families with one or more children may apply for the support if one or more children are exposed to the risk of poverty, economic instability, health risks or risk of social exclusion on grounds of upbringing, education or culture

What are the purposes for which the support may be used?

There are five subtypes of this support depending on the purpose for which it may be applied for.

The subtypes of this support are as follows:
  • To procure clothing and footwear for children who are not in the education system, toiletries, food and other supplies necessary for the child’s growth and development (including also unborn children after the 28th week of pregnancy), in the maximum amount of 265,45 EUR (HRK 2,000.00) per child, which is the annual amount of this type of support
  • To procure furniture and equipment for children who are not in the education system, which furniture and equipment are necessary for the child’s growth and development, in the maximum amount of 132,72 EUR (HRK 1,000.00) per child, which is the amount which can be received once every three years as this type of support
  • To cover the unavoidable costs incurred in connection with the death of a child/children, if this need is not met by social welfare, which should be proved by delivering a certificate from the competent social welfare centre
  • To cover the unavoidable costs incurred by the family/applicant in case of a sudden unfavourable or tragic event which materially aggravates the circumstances necessary to ensure normal growth and development of the child/children, if this need is not met by social welfare, which should be proved by delivering a certificate from the competent social welfare centre
  • In any other case in which, pursuant to the assessment of the Commission, it is necessary and/or beneficial to grant the financial support.

What is the financial support amount?

The maximum individual amount of the financial support for children in the education system that can be granted to a family/applicant equals 1.990,84 EUR (HRK 15.000,00).
What are the requirements you need to meet to receive the support?
The support is granted based on the relevant documentation which proves that the following requirements are simultaneously met:
  • One of the parents and/or the child in the family is a Croatian citizen
  • One of the parents and/or the child in the family has permanent residence in the Republic of Croatia
  • The average monthly income per member of the shared household generated in the previous calendar year and in the last three months which can be proved) in the current calendar year prior to filing the application for the support did not exceed 309,01 EUR (HRK 2,328.20)
  • Neither the family nor the child from that family was granted or used the same or similar support; that is, the right to it from another legal and/or natural person.
  • The household is a beneficiary of the guaranteed minimum benefit defined by the special regulation on the social welfare issues. 

What documentation is required?

For the purpose of exercising your right to the support and proving that you meet the aforementioned requirements to be granted the support, you need to submit the following documents:
  • a validly filled in and signed application for the support (Documents)
  • A photocopy of the current account card (both sides) of the applicant for the support (the bank name, name and surname of the current account holder and IBAN have to be visible)
  • A photocopy of the ID card (both sides) of one of the parents in the family
  • A photocopy of the birth certificates or ID cards (both sides) or electronic records from the e-Citizens birth register for all of the children in the family (underage and adult)
  • A statement on household members signed in one’s own handwriting (Statement)
  • A photocopy of a certificate of income and receipts for the previous calendar year and the last three months of the current calendar year issued by the competent Tax Administration branch for all members of the shared household over the age of 15
  • A statement on (not) being a beneficiary of the same or similar support (Statement
  • The decision on the recognition of the right to the guaranteed minimum benefit, which is adopted by a social welfare centre
  • Appropriate documentation proving the facts stated in the application for the support (e.g. the pregnancy tracking journal if the applicant is pregnant, other relevant documentation proving an exceptionally difficult financial situation)
  • A certificate, offer or pro forma invoice showing the necessary amount of the support (this document does not have to be provided for procurement of clothing and footwear, toiletries, food and other supplies necessary for the child’s growth and development). 

How to apply?

You can file the apllication for the support with the enclosed documentation in several ways: