Respite Care Grant

The Respite Care Grant is an annual payment made to carers by the Department of Social Protection (DSP) in Ireland. Carers can use the grant in whatever way they wish. You can use the grant to pay for respite care if you wish, but it is not necessary to do so. In June of each year, the Department of Social Protection pays the grant automatically to carers getting Carer's Allowance, Carer's Benefit, Prescribed Relative's Allowance or Domiciliary Care Allowance from the Department. Only one Respite Care Grant can be paid for each person getting care.

Rules
The grant is paid to those getting one of the payments mentioned above as well as certain other carers providing full-time care. If you are not getting one of the above payments, you must be:

Rates
A Respite Care Grant of €1,375 is paid once each year, usually in June, for each person you are caring for. It is not taxable.

How to apply
If you are getting Carer's Allowance, Carer's Benefit, Prescribed Relative's Allowance or Domiciliary Care Allowance from the Department of Social Protection, you do not need to apply for the Respite Care Grant. It will be automatically paid to you in June.
If you are getting Domiciliary Care Allowance from the Health Service Executive (HSE), the HSE will automatically pay you the grant. From 2010, all Respite Care Grants will be paid by the Department of Social Protection.