Irish Red Cross and Age Action

COVID-19 Hardship Fund

Helping Older People who are Most In-Need

What: Age Action has launched a COVID-19 Hardship Fund in conjunction with the Irish Red Cross to respond to the immediate needs of older people in vulnerable situations across Ireland experiencing additional hardship as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis.     

Closing date for applications is Friday 24 April at 5pm 2020

Frequently Asked Questions: If you have any specific questions regarding the Hardship Fund please CLICK HERE

Why: Age Action and the Irish Red Cross know that some older people in a vulnerable situation and at the highest risk of the corona virus will need additional supports over the coming weeks, particularly as they are now required to cocoon to protect themselves and others. This scheme is designed to provide immediate practical relief to assist in alleviating the hardships they experience due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

How: AA and IRC continue to raise funds to provide critical assistance to older and vulnerable people around Ireland who are experiencing hardship directly as a result of Covid 19. Once-off grants can be applied for up to €500 per household.

Who Can Apply: Older people in need of assistance, or individual advocates of older people. Note: In order for an application to be processed the signature and contact details of the older people must be on the application for verification.

What Can I Apply For: Any practical needs arising from additional costs that have arisen from Covid-19. Examples would be higher heating costs, food delivery and storage costs, technology to see loved ones. Note: applications will be strengthened when a detailed cost breakdown is provided. 

How Do I Apply: The COVID-19 Hardship Fund Application Form is available online at the Irish Red Cross and Age Action websites or you can contact our offices to request a form by contacting us at;


Download a form by clicking here. 

Please ensure that you clearly outline the need for which you are applying, how the grant will alleviate hardship and what it will be used for and details of the costs.

A member of staff from The Irish Red Cross or Age Action will contact you if they need further information.

We will ask that you verify that the funds are used for the purpose intended by supplying receipts and photographic evidence where possible. 

Frequently Asked Questions: If you have any specifc questions regarding the Hardship Fund please CLICK HERE

When Can I Apply: The closing date for applications is 5pm 24th April, 2020.

What Happens To Surplus Funds: Any remaining surplus funds will be used by Age Action & the Irish Red Cross to provide important supports to older people throughout Ireland.

Governance Reporting: A final report on the use of the fund will be provided to the Boards of Age Action & the Irish Red Cross

Talk to us

For further information about the  COVID-19 Hardship Fund Application Form please talk to Jocelino at the Irish Red Cross.


Phone: The Irish Red Cross at 01 6424600 or Age Action at 01 475 6989


*If your company wishes to support the Irish Red Cross response efforts to COVID-19; or if you would like to organise a fundraising event to raise funds for the COVID-19 Emergency Appeal, please contact Frank Phelan at or call 01 6424645

Click here to download a form