Widowed or Surviving Civil Partner Grant
The Widowed or Surviving Civil Partner Grant is a once-off payment to widows, widowers or surviving civil partners with dependent children.
This grant is available to widows, widowers or surviving civil partners who have one or more dependent children living with them at the date of death, or a widow or surviving civil partner whose child is born within 10 months of the date of death of her spouse or civil partner.
For the purpose of the Widowed or Surviving Civil Partner Grant, a qualified child is a child up to age 18, who is normally resident in the State and who is living with you. A child aged between 18 and 22 who is normally resident in the State continues to be a qualified child provided they are in full-time education at a recognised school or college.
You must also qualify for one of the following payments:
- Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner’s Contributory Pension
- One-Parent Family Payment
- Bereavement Grant payable on the death of your spouse
- Death Benefit under the Occupational Injuries Scheme
- A Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner’s Contributory Pension from another EU state or a country with which Ireland has a bilateral social security agreement
- State Pension (Non-Contributory)
This grant is a once-off payment of €6,000. Payment of the Widowed or Surviving Civil Partner Grant is made by cheque, payable to the widow, widower or surviving civil partner.
This is issued immediately following the decision of the Deciding Officer on one of the above payments.
How to apply
Where to apply
Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Pension Section
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
Pensions Services Offices
Tel: (071) 915 7100 (If calling from outside the Republic of Ireland please call +353 71 915 7100)
Locall: 1890 500 000 (Note: the rates charged for using 1890 (Lo-call) numbers may vary)
You can email an enquiry about the Widowed or Surviving Civil Partner Grant
using the secure enquiry form. If
you wish to talk to someone face-to-face about your pension entitlements, you
can visit your local Citizens Information centre, social welfare local office
or Intreo centre.