Living with EB can sometimes take over and leave little time for you and your well-being. Every year, we offer all our DEBRA households our annual Respite & Wellness Grant to give each home the opportunity to get that all-important breathing space. This grant can go towards a holiday, a great day out or any recreational activity that may improve your well-being and your family’s well-being.

Am I eligible for this grant?

You are eligible to receive this grant if:

  • You are living with any form of EB
  • OR; a family member of your household is living with EB
  • OR; you are a parent or spouse bereaved by EB
  • You are living in the Republic of Ireland
  • You or a member of your household have not already applied for a respite grant this year
  • You are currently registered with DEBRA Ireland family support team*

*If you are not already registered with DEBRA, we would be more than happy to accept your grant application. But first, please register online or contact the family support team.

Terms and Conditions

  • The grant must go towards:
    • a holiday e.g. accommodation, flights, trains
    • a recreational activity e.g. activity centre, swimming pool, concert
  • There is only one grant per household.
  • The applicant must have EB, be living with a family member with EB or be a parent or spouse bereaved by EB.
  • DEBRA cannot provide the grant for any purchases of alcohol, drugs or gambling.
  • DEBRA cannot accept booking confirmations where payment has not been made.
  • DEBRA cannot accept credit or debit card receipts.
  • All receipts must be dated within the 12 months from when the grant was awarded (from April 2023 until March 2024).
  • All receipts must clearly state the date, the company name, the product and proof of purchase.
  • All accommodation and travel bookings must show the dates of travel/stay and include the name of a member of the household.
  • All receipts must be sent to FST by December of the year the grant was awarded.

When can I apply?

We offer this grant once a year. Applications are currently open. Closing date 4th April 2023.

How do I apply?

Applications for 2023 are now closed.

If you would like to be on the email list for 2024 respite grants, please email [email protected].

How long do I have to spend my grant?

You have until December 2023 to submit receipts.

How does the grant process work?

Step 1: Complete our grant application form below

Step 2: After the closing date, we will notify you by text or email of the allocated funds for this year.

Step 3: Book your respite or wellness activity

Step 4: Send a copy of your receipts* to family support team by email or post. We cannot provide you with your grant unless all necessary receipts are received.

Step 5: Your grant will be processed at the end of that month and you will receive your grant via bank transfer within approximately 14 days

Step 6: Enjoy your well-deserved break!

I have more questions, who do I contact?

If you are experiencing any difficulty with the form or have any questions regarding the grant, please contact Kate, our family support administrator:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 086 068 4722  or  01 412 6924