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Carer's Support Grant

From: Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

What the Carer's Support Grant is

The Carer’s Support Grant is €1,700 for each person you are caring for. It is an annual payment made to carers who get Carer's Allowance, Carer's Benefit or Domiciliary Care Allowance (DCA).

It can also be paid to certain other carers providing full-time care. Carers can use the grant in whatever way they wish.

How to qualify

You automatically qualify for the Carer’s Support Grant if you get Carer's Allowance, Carer's Benefit or Domiciliary Care Allowance (DCA).

If you are not getting any of these payments, you may still qualify if you meet these conditions if:

  • you are 16 or over
  • you ordinarily reside in the Irish State
  • you care for the person full time
  • you have been caring for the person for a continuous period of at least six months, and this period includes the first Thursday in June
  • you live with the person you are caring for or you are contactable quickly by a direct system of communication such as a telephone or an alarm

You do not qualify if you are:

  • working more than 15 hours per week outside the home
  • on an education or training course for more than 15 hours a week
  • getting Jobseeker's Allowance or Jobseeker's Benefit
  • signing on for credited contributions
  • living in a hospital, convalescent home or similar institution

If you are caring for more than one person, you will get a grant for each of them.

Rate of payment

The Carer’s Support Grant is €1,700 for each person you are caring for. It is paid once each year, usually on the first Thursday in June.

Apply

If you are getting Carer's Allowance, Carer's Benefit, or Domiciliary Care Allowance (DCA), you do not need to apply for the Carer’s Support Grant. We will automatically pay you every June.

If you are not getting of any of these payments, fill in the application form below, for each person you are caring for.

Return your application, with the relevant supporting documentation, to:

Carer's Support Grant

Phone:
Address:
Floor 1 Gandon House, Amiens Street, Dublin, D01A361

Carer's Support Grant

This is the application form for the Carer's Support Grant.

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