Unleash the Financial Ease: Carer's Support Grant


    Being a carer for someone can be a difficult but rewarding job. To help lighten the burden, the Irish government offers the Carer's Support Grant once a year to eligible carers. In this article, we will provide you with everything you need to know about this grant.


      To be eligible for the Carer's Support Grant, you must be 16 or over, an ordinary resident in Ireland, and caring for someone on a full-time basis. You must have been caring for the person for at least six months, which includes the first Thursday of June.

      Living with the person you are caring for is necessary; however, if it is not possible, you must meet certain criteria, such as the person can contact you easily and directly. During the six months caring period, you cannot engage in employment, education, or training, which pays more than €332.50 per week.


        The Carer's Support Grant will be automatically paid to carers in June on the first Thursday of the month. If you are receiving Carer's Allowance, Carer's Benefit, or Domiciliary Care Allowance, you will receive the payment without having to apply. The grant is worth €1,850 and is not taxable.

        The grant can be used in many ways, and it is up to the carer how they want to use it. Nevertheless, it was initially called the Respite Care Grant and can be used to pay for respite care if required. Visit our website, where we provide information on respite care facilities.


          If you are not receiving one of the above payments and believe you qualify for the grant, an application process is in place. You can apply for the Carer's Support Grant from April to the end of December the following year for which the application is made.

          To apply, one must fill the application form for each person that they are caring for, which can be found on our website or by contacting the Citizens Information Phone Service. Eligibility criteria apply when completing the application form.

          Related Documents:

            If you want additional information on measures to support carers or need guidance during the process, we have various related documents that you can access on our website. These documents include Carer's Allowance, Carer's Benefit, and information on dealing with illness in retirement.


              Caring for someone is not an easy task, but with the help of the Carer's Support Grant, it can ease the burden for the carer and make the experience more manageable. To receive this grant, it is essential to meet the eligibility criteria, including the living arrangement, care period, and engagement in employment, education, or training.

              The Carer's Support Grant is worth €1,850 and is automatically paid to carers for each person they are caring for in June of each year. However, if you are not receiving any of the three payments mentioned above, an application process is in place from April to December of the respective year. Visit our website if you require more information or guidance during the process.

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