Parents in the north-east have been awarded more than £250,000 to help with the costs of raising a child, official figures have revealed.
The Scottish Government unveiled the Best Start Grant initiative last year, which gives £600 to successful applicants for their first child, and £300 for subsequent children.
Aberdeen parents were given £110,000 as part of the scheme, which started three months ago.
More than £80,000 was doled out to Aberdeenshire parents during the same period, with Social Security Scotland handing over a further £50,100 to those in need in Moray.
Parents must be on benefits or be in receipt of child tax credits to be eligible for the scheme.
Parents can apply for funding from the 24-week pregnancy mark until the child is six months old.
The figures also show parts of the north-east to have among the highest number of rejections for the scheme.
Keep up to date with the latest news with The Evening Express newsletter
Only 60% of parents in Aberdeenshire who applied for the fund were successful, along with 66% in Moray and 68% in Aberdeen city.
Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said: “I am committed to making sure that every child gets the support they need to have the best start in life.
“The huge uptake of this new benefit in its first three months highlights just what can be achieved when you design a service with the people who will actually use it.
“We have found out where we need to promote the payment and who we need to work with – including health and childcare professionals – to make sure that people know that they are entitled.”