Social Protection Minister, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced the provision of funding for 17 projects to support and improve employment (including self-employment) opportunities for carers and people with disabilities.

The 17 projects will receive funding in excess of €2.3 million.

The funding is part of the Dormant Accounts Action Plan 2021 and is administered by the Department of Social Protection in conjunction with Pobal.

On approving the recommended 17 projects, Minister Humphreys commented:

“Within my Department, funding from the Dormant Accounts Fund has been used for a number of years to support projects that promote training and supports for family carers. I am delighted to extend this funding to help improve the employment prospects of people with disabilities.”

The Minister added:

“The impact of COVID-19 this year has made it one of the most challenging for everyone and I know it has been particularly tough on carers and people with disabilities.

The call-out for a request for funding resulted in high quality projects and initiatives being submitted by organisations around the country with a proven track record of providing services to carers and people with a disability.

I know that this funding will go a huge way in assisting our carers and people with disabilities in availing of employment opportunities.”

The projects funded under the carer’s measure will enable carers to upskill and access a variety of supports so that they can enhance both their employment opportunities and training and education opportunities while continuing in their role as a carer.

Pobal will manage the process on behalf of the Department, including payment, contract management, performance monitoring, and beneficiary support and auditing. Funding will be provided to the successful applicants from 1st January 2021 to 30th June 2022.

The full announcement and list of 17 projects receiving funding can be found on the Department of Social Protection website here.

Further information about the Dormant Accounts Funding for Carers and People with Disabilities is available here.