Respite and wellness grants - Debra Ireland

Respite and wellness grants

Applications for 2024 are now closed. Applications for 2025 will open in spring next year.

Living with EB can sometimes take over and leave little time for you and your well-being


Every year, we offer our Respite and Wellness Grant 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.

The respite grant was really appreciated by our family and meant we could put it towards a lovely family holiday.


Am I eligible for this grant?

You are eligible to receive this grant if:

  • You are living with EB or a member of your household is living with EB
  • 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 able to provide relevant receipts of purchase (see terms and conditions for acceptable receipts)
  • You are currently registered with Debra’s support team. If you are not already registered with us, we would be more than happy to accept your grant application after you complete your registration online below.
When can I apply?

We offer this grant once a year. Applications for 2024 are now closed. Applications for 2025 will open in spring next year.

Do I have to spend this grant on respite or wellness?

Yes, this grant is funded on the basis that the applicants put the grant towards a recreational activity. For example: a holiday (accommodation, flights, trains) or a recreational activity ( activity centre, swimming pool, concert, etc.).

How does the grant process work?
  1. Complete our grant application form below
  2. After the closing date, we will notify you by text or email of the allocated funds for this year.
  3. Book your respite or wellness activity
  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 (See Terms and Conditions for acceptable receipts).
  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
  6. Enjoy your well-deserved break!


How long do I have to spend my grant?

You have until December of the year the grant is awarded to submit receipts.


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 Officer:

Terms and conditions
  1. The grant must go towards:
    • a holiday e.g. accommodation, flights, trains
    • a recreational activity e.g. activity centre, swimming pool, concert
  1. There is only one grant per household.
  2. The applicant must have EB, be living with a family member with EB or be a parent or spouse bereaved by EB.
  3. Debra cannot provide the grant for any purchases of alcohol, drugs or gambling.
  4. Debra cannot accept booking confirmations where payment has not been made.
  5. Debra cannot accept credit or debit card receipts.
  6. You can purchase your activity prior to April however the activity must take place within 12 from when the grant was awarded (April 2024 to March 2025).
  7. All receipts must clearly state the date, the company name, the product and proof of purchase.
  8. All accommodation and travel bookings must show the dates of travel/stay and include the name of a member of the household.
  9. All receipts must be sent to us by the start of December 2024.