Financial Support Programme

The Irish Cancer Society’s Children's Fund is available to assist children and their families on active treatment for a cancer diagnosis.  

This fund is for patients under the age of 18 years, and their families, who have been diagnosed with cancer, and are unable to meet a specific financial burden that has come about as a direct result of their illness.

This is a limited fund in cases where other non-charitable sources are unable to assist, such as social welfare, community welfare officers or community groups. 

To qualify for this fund there are some criteria. You must:

  • Be an Irish citizen or live permanently in Ireland
  • Have been diagnosed with cancer and are currently receiving treatment
  • Be unable to meet a specific financial burden that has come about as a direct result of current treatment
  •  Be unable to avail of other supports, such as additional social welfare support and support from local community groups.
  •  Be unable to avail of other schemes, such as transport funded by the HSE

To avail of this fund, please contact your healthcare professional such as your medical social worker, cancer care nurse, public health nurse or your family doctor (GP).

Please note, the healthcare professional is not obliged to make an application on your behalf. They must be satisfied that there is a genuine financial need. 

Other sources of financial support


Travel2Care is a limited transportation assistance fund which has been made available by the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) to patients travelling to  a designated cancer centre, approved centres or approved children’s hospital and is administered by the Irish Cancer Society. 

The purpose of this nationwide transportation assistance fund is to support people who have a genuine financial difficulty in meeting some of the costs of travelling to current appointments.

Learn more about Travel2Care.

See our page on managing money in our coping pages for more information on other sources of financial support and advice.

Date Last Reviewed: 
Monday, January 18, 2016
Date Last Revised: 
Monday, January 18, 2016