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Ability to Work Fund 2020-2023

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Empowering more people with disabilities to gain employment.

This is a €1.5 million fund created by Rethink Ireland in partnership with State Street and the Government of Ireland. The Ability to Work Fund will support not-for-profit organisations to empower more people with disabilities to gain employment. That might be a physical or intellectual disability, a learning disability, or a disability due to traumatic brain injury or a mental health condition. The funding will be available over three years, from 2020 to 2023.

(Back row L-R) Ailbhe Keane, Board Director at Rethink Ireland, Regina Doherty, Minister for Employment Affairs & Social Protection and Tadhg Young, State Street country head (Front row L-R) Lisa Cox and Daniel Ryan, members of Blue Diamond Drama Academy at the launch of the Ability To Work Fund.

What are the aims of the fund?

The fund has two main aims:

  1. to empower 250 people to progress along the pathways to employment by investing in organisations that provide training, upskilling, education and other services to people with disabilities
  2. to double the impact of successful applicant organisations by providing project funding and other supports such as:
  • strategic planning
  • communications strategy development
  • mentoring
  • leadership training
  • market research
  • financial modelling (forecasting your organisation’s financial performance)

What does the fund offer?

  • Cash grants of up to €90,000 each year for three years
  • A business supports package to help not-for-profit organisations expand their business expertise and expand and deepen their impact
  • A place on Rethink Ireland’s Accelerator Programme, a programme which provides training from experts from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors
  • Project performance management, including managing its impact
  • Access to Rethink Ireland’s networks of charities, social enterprises, government and donors
  • Access to training and mentoring from State Street employees

Who can apply?

This fund has closed for applications.

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