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Employer/Employee Grants

The Department of Social Protection offer a variety of grants and schemes in relation to the employment of people with disabilities. These grants and schemes can benefit an employer by assisting with the partial or total cost of a reasonable accommodation for the workplace. 

Click the grant sections below to have further information drop down.

Job Interview Interpreter Grant Scheme (JIIGS)

If you have a candidate who is deaf, hard of hearing or who has a speech impairment, you may benefit from the Job Interview Interpreter Grant under the Reasonable Accommodation Fund. There are two situations in where the grant can be used;

  • at a job interview
  • training during the induction period when you start a new job

The fund will pay a professional qualified interpreter for a 3 hour period including travel costs.

How to apply

Either you or the candidate can apply for the grant, by filling in 2 forms. You can download these here; Part 1 (pdf) and Part 2 (pdf) or visit your local employment office. Please note, the candidate or employer must get prior approval of the grant before your interview from your local employment office. 

More Information

The Citizen’s Information website have very useful information and guidance on advice on how to use an interpreter at an interview and also where to ask for assistance on filling in the form. 

 

Wage Subsidy Scheme (WSS)

The Wage Subsidy Scheme provides financial support for employers who wish to employ people with disabilities. There are 3 different strands of the grant;

  1. A subsided rate of €5.30 per hour for a disabled employee who has a productivity level of between 80% or less (compared to other staff). The employee must work at least 21 hours a week up to a maximum of 39 hours a week.
  2. If a company has 2 or more disabled employees, they can apply for a grant to cover additional supervisory, management and other work related costs.
  3. If a company has 30 or more disabled employees, a grant of €30,000 per year can be sought to employ an Employment Assistance Officer.

The employer pays the going rate for the job, as per any other employee

How to apply

The employer must apply for the grant by contacting their local employment services and completes an application form and bank authorisation form.

More Information

The Citizen’s Information website provide more information regarding the criteria and also the minimum and maximum rates allowed. 

Workplace Equipment/Adaptation Grant (WEAG)

If an employee requires a more accessible workplace, including making adaptations or purchasing equipment, a grant is available for this. The maximum grant available per employee per workplace is €6,350. You can get this grant for things such as;

  • purchasing a piece of assistive technology
  • minor building modifications (e.g. installing ramps or bathroom handrails)

How to apply

Either you or the employee can apply for the grant, by filling in 2 forms. You can download these here; Part 1 and Part 2; or visit your local employment office.  You will need to identify what kind of equipment and/or adaptation is required and why, plus provide quotes.

More Information

The Citizen’s Information website have more detail on the application process and also the rules of the application. 

Personal Reader Grant (PRG)

If an employee is blind or visually impaired and needs assistance with job-related reading, there is a grant available to facilitate the employment of a Personal Reader on a part-time or ad-hoc basis for a maximum of 640 hours a year.

How to apply

To apply for the grant download the forms here; Part 1 and Part 2; or visit your local employment office. The number of hours and amount of reading required must be specified.

More Information

The Citizen’s Information website have more details on the application process and provide guidance in how to advertise and recruit a personal reader. 

Disability Awareness Training Support Scheme (DATSS)

Employers who wish to carry out Disability Awareness Training for their staff are eligible to receive up to 90% of the costs with a maximum of €20,000 in the first year and 80% in the second and subsequent years. The training must be delivered by a registered provider with the Department of Social Protection and will offer advice on;

  • Relevant anti-discrimination and equal opportunities legislation
  • General and specific information on disabilities, perceptual awareness exercises and disability etiquette

How to apply

The employer must contact their local employment services office who will also provide a list of registered trainers. They then submit a completed application form before the commencement of the training at least 3 weeks in advance.

More Information

The Citizen’s Information website have more details on the application process and type of activities that the grant can be used for.  

Employee Retention Grant Scheme (ERGS)

If an employee acquires a disability, a grant is available for the employer to help identify any supports needed including re-training so that the employee can remain or move into a different position in the company. There are two stages to the scheme with different levels of funding available at each stage;

  • The first stage enables employers to buy in external skills and expertise in order to develop a personal retention strategy for the employee in question. Up to 90% of the costs of developing a strategy can be funded up to a maximum of €2,500 for one employee.
  • Stage two of the scheme provides funding to the employer for the implementation of the retention strategy including re-training, job coaching and hiring of an external project manager to oversee and manage its implementation. Funding up to 90% of eligible programme costs is available up to a maximum of €12,500. 

How to apply

The employer must contact their local employment services office or complete the following forms which must be accompanied by certain documentation. Download the application forms; Stage 1 and Stage 2.

More Information

For a direct link to the Department of Social Protection’s grants webpage click here.

The Citizen’s Information website have more details on the application process and what type of accompanying documentation is needed for each application.  

 

 

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