The Tanaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Mr Michael McDowell, T.D., today said that a grant scheme of 5m Euro established by his Department will provide real and practical support to assist persons with a disability to live more independently.

The Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform is providing funding of 5m Euro for the grant scheme - the Independent Living Support Programme - to assist voluntary organisations and service providers who work with people with a disability to purchase practical supports which will enable independent living for such people. 

Under the Programme capital funding is being provided to purchase equipment such as wheelchairs, beds, hoists, adapted furniture, vehicles, and other appropriate equipment including technologies and appliances.

Speaking at the launch of the National Disability Authority's Strategic Plan for 2007 - 2009 the Tanaiste said, "This Government is committed to improving and making a practical difference to the lives of people with disabilities, to promoting their integration into society, to changing attitudes and to combating the discrimination and poverty they experience.

This initiative is an example of the Government delivering on its commitments.  The Independent Living Support Programme will provide real and practical assistance to people with disabilities."

Applications for funding are invited from suitable groups and the closing date for such applications is 5pm, Friday 1 December 2006.  For further information, visit the Independent Living Support Programme page.

28 November 2006