Respite Care Grant - €1,700 Annual payment to be made this week

8 Jun 2012

The annual Respite Care Grant of €1,700 is paid to Carers providing full-time care and attention to an older person or a person with a disability.

The Grant is not means tested and does not rely on social insurance contributions (PRSI). The Grant is paid automatically to carers in receipt of schemes, such as:

  • Carer's Allowance
  • Carer's Benefit
  • Domiciliary Care Allowance

Other full time carers who are not eligible for these schemes may apply separately for the grant which is not means tested.

The majority of these eligible carers will get the grant this week.


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.

If you are not getting one of these payments you should fill in an application form for the Respite Care Grant RCG 1 (pdf). If you are caring for two people or more you must fill in an RCG 1(a) Respite Care Grant form for each additional person (pdf) and attach it to your completed RCG 1 form.

If you are not getting one of the above payments and you got the Respite Care Grant last year, you do not need to re-apply in this year using the RCG 1 form. If you got the grant last year, you will get a letter at the end of April this year from the Respite Care Section in the Department of Social Protection with a short questionnaire on the back. You must answer the questions on the back and return the letter to the Respite Care Section. A freepost envelope will be included with your letter. After you return the letter, the Department will use this and the information on file to reassess you for the Respite Care Grant.


Further information:

For further information contact the Department of Social Welfare on LoCall 1890 66 22 44 (9.30 a.m.- to 5.00 p.m. Monday to Friday) or online at

Other Useful Link:

The Carers Association