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Carer's Support Grant

What is the Carer's Support Grant?

The Carer's Support Grant is an annual payment provided to individuals who are receiving Carer's Allowance, Carer's Benefit Application Form (CARB1), or Domiciliary Care Allowance Application Form (Dom Care 1).

How to qualify for the Carer’s Support Grant:

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

The grant is also available to certain other carers providing full-time care. If you're not receiving any of these payments, you can still qualify if:

  • You are 16 years or older
  • You live in the Irish State
  • You provide full-time care for the person in question
  • 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 can be quickly contacted via direct communication such as a telephone or alarm

  • You will not qualify for the Carer's Support Grant if:

  • You are working, self-employed, or on a training or education course for more than 18.5 hours a week (In this case, you must show that the person you are caring for has adequate care while you are working, studying, or both)
  • You are receiving Jobseeker's Allowance or Jobseeker's Benefit
  • You are signing on for credited contributions
  • You live in a hospital, convalescent home or similar institution

  • Rates of Payment:

    The Carer’s Support Grant is €1,850 for each person you are caring for. It is paid once each year, usually on the first Thursday in June.

    If you are caring for more than one person, you will receive a grant for each person.

    The funds from the grant can be used however the carer deems necessary.

    The Carer’s Support Grant is fully exempt from income tax, PRSI, and USC.

    How to Apply:

    Fill in the Carer's Support Grant Application Form (CSG1) form, for each person you are caring for.

    Please send your the form and relevant supporting documents, to:

    Carer's Support Grant Section
    Address: Social Welfare Services Office,
    Government Buildings,
    Ballinalee Road,
    Co. Longford,
    N39 E4E0

    Email: Respitecare@welfare.ie
    Phone number: +353 4333 40000