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About the grant

Young Carer Grant is a yearly payment of £383.75 for young carers in Scotland.

To be able to get Young Carer Grant, you must be 16, 17 or 18 years old.

If you could not apply before your 19th birthday due to the disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19), you can still apply. Your application will be viewed as being made on time.

You must also have been caring for 1, 2 or 3 people for an average of 16 hours a week for at least the last 3 months. If you care for more than one person, you can combine the hours of the people you care for to average 16 hours a week.

You can get Young Carer Grant once a year, up until you turn 19. You'll need to fill in a new form or call us each year you want to apply.

How you spend the Young Carer Grant is up to you. You could use it for things like new clothes, driving lessons or a holiday. You do not need to tell us what you spend the money on.

If you care for someone for 35 hours or more a week

You may be able to get Carer Support Payment or Carer's Allowance. 

Carer Support Payment is replacing Carer's Allowance in Scotland. It’s available in some parts of Scotland from 20 November 2023. Find out who can apply for Carer Support Payment.

You should apply for Carer Support Payment or Carer's Allowance once you've been paid Young Carer Grant. You will not be able to get Young Carer Grant if you're already getting Carer Support Payment or Carer's Allowance.

Find out about Carer Support Payment.

If you live in Scotland, England or Wales, you can find out more about Carer's Allowance by going to GOV.UK.

If you live in Northern Ireland, you may be able to get Northern Ireland's Carer's Allowance by going to nidirect.

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