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:
You do not qualify if you are:
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 2016) is paid once each year, usually on the first Thursday in June, for each person you are caring for. It is not taxable.
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 2015, but still got the Respite Care Grant (now called the Carer's Support Grant), you do not need to reapply for 2016. If you got the grant in 2015, you will have got a letter in April 2016 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.
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 2016 at any time from April 2016 up until 31 December 2017.
If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm) or you can visit your local Citizens Information Centre.