The grant is paid automatically to people getting Carer's Allowance, Carer's Benefit or Domiciliary Care Allowance.
It can also be paid to certain other carers. To qualify, you must be:
You do not qualify if you are:
If you are caring for more than one person, a grant is paid for each of them.
A Carer's Support Grant of €1,700 (June 2018) is paid once each year, usually on the first Thursday in June, for each person you are caring for. It is not taxable.
If you are getting Carer's Allowance, Carer's Benefit or Domiciliary Care Allowance, 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 one of the above 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 but got the Carer's Support Grant last year, you do not need to re-apply this year. The Department will send you a letter and a short 2-page questionnaire in April. You must return the completed questionnaire as it will be used to assess you for the Carer's Support Grant this year.
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 2018 at any time from April 2018 up until 31 December 2019.
You can download a Carer's Support Grant application form or get one from your Intreo Centre or Social Welfare Branch Office or Citizens Information Centre.
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
Carer's Support Grant Section
PO Box 10085