Carer Grant

Overview

A Carer Grant was introduced as from the 1st January 2021 as per budget measures. This Grant is awarded to a parent who is not in employment so as to take care of a child with a disability who is over sixteen (16) years of age and who is in receipt of an Increased Severe Disability Assistance.

What you’ll get

The parent will be awarded four thousand and five hundred euro (€4500) per year and will be issued quarterly. A Carer Grant is paid to a  parent  if the parent who is not working, is taking care of a child/children with a disability and who is/are in receipt of an Increased Severe Disability Assistance.

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Eligibility

General eligibility criteria:

  • The parent must not be in employment and lives in the same household of the child with a disbaility who is over sixteen (16) years of age and in receipt of an Increased Severe Disability Assistance.
  • When upon reaching pensionable age, the eligible parent will continue receiving the Carer Grant.
  • The parent must not be in receipt of an Increased Carers Allowance, Carers Allowance or an Increased Severe Disability Assistance.
  • If the parent who meets the already mentioned criteria and is in receipt of Increased Severe Disability Assistance on his or her behalf will not be eligible for this Grant.
  • If the parent who meets the criteria already mentioned and is a patient of Increased Carer’s Allowance or Carer’s Allowance is not eligible for this Grant.
  • In case the child in receipt of Increased Severe Disability Assistance and a relative is receiving Increased Carer’s Allowance or Carer’s Allowance because he/she is caring for a child, the parent is not eligible for the Carer’s Grant.

Documentation required

General documentation:

  • No documentation is required.

How to apply

The process for the payment of  the Carer’s Grant is triggered automatically by the Department for Social Security in those cases when a parent is not in employment and lives in the same household of the child with a disbaility who is over sixteen (16) years of age and in receipt of Increased Severe Disability Assistance.