What kind of grants are available?
FÁS and the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment provide employment related supports to facilitate people with disabilities in gaining or maintaining employment in the private sector:
|Wage Subsidy Scheme (WSS)
WSS offers financial support to employers who employ someone with a disability who works more than 20 hours a week. This scheme is structured under 3 separate strands and a wage subsidy payment is given based on the number of disabled people the company employs and the disabled employees productivity level. A person on the Employment Support Scheme is subject to the same conditions of employment as other employees and the employer receives financial compensation for the lower than average productivity level of the person.
|Job Interview Interpreter Grant (JIIG)
Job seekers with hearing or speech impairment may apply for funding to have an interpreter attend job interviews with them.
|Employee Retention Grant Scheme (ERGS)
This scheme enables employers to retain the services of an employee who acquires a disability that impacts on their ability to continue to do their job.
Through the ERGS, an employee may be offered re-training so that they can undertake alternate duties, or modified techniques may be devised to enable them to continue doing the same job.
|Workplace Equipment / Adaptation Grant (WEAG)
If a job offer is dependant on a more accessible workplace or adapted equipment, an employer or employer may be able to get a grant from FAS (currently up to €6,350) towards the cost of adapting premises or equipment.
|Disability Awareness Training Support Scheme (DATSS)
A grant is available to all organisations in the private sector towards providing Disability Awareness training to staff.
|Personal Reader Grant
This is be available to visually impaired people who may need assistance with job-related reading. A grant allows the employment of a personal reader.
|Revenue Job Assist
Revenue Job Assist will give employers double deduction in their accounts for a period of 3 years. Employee can also benefit from extra tax credits under this scheme.
|Employers PRSI exemption scheme
This scheme exempts employers from their PRSI contribution in respect of workers for the first two years of their employment under the back to work allowance scheme
|Back To Work Allowance
The Back To Work Allowance Scheme encourages unemployed people (among others) in Ireland to take up employment. People participating in this Back To Work scheme retain a percentage of their social welfare payment along with “secondary benefits” for a period of up to three years. People must work a minimum of 20 hours a wee. The scheme lasts for 3 years with 75% of disability allowance being paid in the first year of the scheme, 50% in the second and 25% in the third and final year.