Applications are open until 31 March for Rethink Ireland’s ‘Disability Participation and Awareness Fund'

March 7 2023, 02:54pm


DFI Members are being encouraged to apply for a new, €3m fund announced last week by Rethink Ireland’s ‘Disability Participation and Awareness Fund’.

This new fund has been organised by Rethink Ireland, in partnership with the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, and “aims to enhance the lives of people with disabilities.

Rethink Ireland is making an open call for applications to innovative non-profit organisations working to support people with disabilities in communities across Ireland including charities, community groups and social enterprise. 

The one-year fund will support up to 20 innovative projects, working across four areas:

  • building skills and removing barriers for people with Down Syndrome;
  • providing employment experience to people with disabilities;
  • supporting people with disabilities in artistic, cultural, and community life;
  • and fostering inclusion for people with disabilities, including sports and outdoor reaction, promotion of accessibility and accessible shared spaces.

Commenting on the fund, Deirdre Mortell, CEO, Rethink Ireland, said, “Disability participation and awareness is an equality issue.  

“The change that is urgently needed to enhance the lives of people living with a disability must be led in partnership and collaboration with our communities."

Applications for the 2023 Disability Participation and Awareness Fund will be open until 31 March 2023. Organisations can apply on Rethink Ireland’s website.