Families with children at risk of going into care or with experience of care will share a £3m fund to help them with cost of living pressures.
The cash, which is being distributed by local authorities and third sector organisations, will help those with immediate needs for food, fuel, utilities or clothing, the Scottish Government said.
It comes after a week of announcements about the cost of household bills increasing.
The Scottish Government said the £3.3m is in addition to a range of help it is providing, including the £41 million winter support fund.
Deputy first minister John Swinney said: “Many have been hit hard by the combined impact of rising living costs, the Covid-19 pandemic and the removal of the £20 Universal Credit lift by the UK Government.
“Our £500m Whole Family Wellbeing Fund will launch this year, and this will help transform services to ensure families are supported in a way which meets their needs.
“However, in recognition of current pressures, we are directing more than £3m in cash support towards those with children who are on the edges of care, or have experience of care.
“We know that in times of crisis some challenges can be resolved if families have immediate access to resources enabling them to stay together.
“This weekend marks the second anniversary of ‘The Promise’ – our ambition for every child to grow up loved, safe and respected, able to realise their full potential.
“This additional funding highlights our commitment to ensure that where possible and appropriate, children remain living in their family.”
It follows the announcement that the cost of gas and electricity will rocket by more than 50% after a new energy price cap was announced.
Interest rates have also risen, for the second time in three months, as the Bank of England said it was trying to tackle a rapid rise in the cost of living.
On Friday, Scottish Water announced household water bills are to increase by 4.2% for the next year.
The third sector organisations which will distribute funding are Aberlour (£100,000) Includem (£100,000) Children 1st (£50,000) and Quarriers (£25,000).
Includem service delivery director Lynsey Smith said: “Includem supports children, young people and families across Scotland where there are children looked after, or on the edge of care – many of whom are living on low incomes.
“This award from the Scottish Government to provide wellbeing support for families will allow us to immediately provide a much-needed package of help.
“This direct cash will support people to purchase food, fuel, white goods and clothing and to cover utilities and manage debt, when they may not otherwise be able to.
“It will hopefully also play a small part in increasing their wellbeing.”