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:
If you are caring for more than one person, a grant is paid for each
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.
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 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.
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 2016 at any time from April 2016 up until 31 December