Carer's Support Grant (formerly called Respite Care Grant)
The Carer's Support Grant is an annual payment made to carers by the Department of Social Protection. The scheme name was changed in 2016 to better reflect how the Grant is used by carers. It was formerly called the Respite Care Grant. Carers can use the grant in whatever way they wish. You can use the grant to pay for respite care if you wish, but you do not have to do so. More information about respite care facilities is available.
In June of each year (usually on the first Thursday of the month), the Department of Social Protection pays the grant automatically to carers getting Carer's Allowance, Carer's Benefit, or Domiciliary Care Allowance from the Department. Only one Carer's Support Grant can be paid for each person getting care.
The grant is paid to people getting any of the payments mentioned above. It can also be paid to certain other carers providing full-time care. If you are not getting any of the above payments, you must be:
- Aged 16 or over
- Ordinarily resident in the State
- Caring for the person on a full-time basis
- Caring for the person for at least 6 months - this period must include the first Thursday in June
- Living with the person being cared for or, if not, be contactable quickly by a direct system of communication (for example, telephone or alarm).
You do not qualify if you are:
- Working more than 15 hours per week outside the home
- Taking part in an education or training course for more than 15 hours a week
- Getting Jobseeker's Allowance or Jobseeker's Benefit
- Signing on for credited
- Living in a hospital, convalescent home or similar institution
If you are caring for more than one person, a grant is paid for each of them.
A Carer's Support Grant of €1,700 (June 2017) is paid once each year, usually on the first Thursday in June, for each person you are caring for. It is not taxable.
How to apply
If you are getting Carer's Allowance, Carer's Benefit or Domiciliary Care Allowance from the Department of Social Protection, you do not need to apply for the Carer's Support Grant. It will be automatically paid to you in June.
If you are not getting any of these payments you should fill in an application form CSG 1 (pdf) in respect of each person you are caring for.
If you were not getting one of the above payments in 2016, but still got the Carer's Support Grant, you do not need to reapply for 2017. If you got the grant in 2016, you will have received a letter in April 2017 from the Carer's Support Grant section in the Department of Social Protection, together with a short 2-page questionnaire. You must answer the questions on the questionnaire and return it to the Carer's Support Grant section. After you return the questionnaire, the Department will use this and the information on file to reassess you for the Carer's Support Grant.
When to apply
You can apply for a Carer's Support Grant for any given year from April of that year until 31 December of the following year. So, for example, you can apply for a grant for 2017 at any time from April 2017 up until 31 December 2018.
Where to apply
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
Carer's Support Grant Section
PO Box 10085
Tel: (01) 673 2222 (If calling from outside the Republic of Ireland please call + 353 1 673 2222)