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.
It was announced in Budget 2021 that the Widowed or Surviving Civil Partner Grant will increase by €2,000 from €6,000 to €8,000 from January 2021.
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
- Death Benefit under the Occupational Injuries Scheme
- A Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner’s (Contributory) Pension under EU regulations or under a bilateral social security agreement between Ireland and another country
- 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
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.