Guide

Young Carer Grant
Last updated: 25 October 2019

About the grant

Young Carer Grant is a yearly payment of £300 for young carers in Scotland.

To be able to get Young Carer Grant, you must:

  • be 16, 17 or 18 years old
  • 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's Allowance. You should apply for this once you've been paid Young Carer Grant. You will not be able to get Young Carer Grant if you're already getting Carer's Allowance.

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.