Grants & Incentives

The Government provides a range of financial grants and incentives to inclusive employers.

Your local supported employment agency can provide you with free support to access the grants and incentives that may apply:

Some of the grants and incentives available include:

The Wage Subsidy Scheme


This scheme provides financial incentives to employers to employ a worker with a disability for more than 20 hours per week.

Your local supported employment agency can provide more information on this scheme and how to access it.

The scheme can provide a subsidy of 20 per cent of the salary of the employee up to €10,748 per annum. A second strand is also available and is a top-up subsidy for companies employing more than two people with disabilities.

This top-up is based on the overall number of employees in question and ranges on a sliding scale from an additional 10 per cent of the wage subsidy for three to six employees to a maximum of 50 per cent of wage subsidy for more than 23 employees.

The third strand applies where an employer employs 30 or more workers with disability.

The employer can avail of a grant of €30,000 per annum towards the expense of employing an Employment Assistance Officer.

JobsPlus

In some cases, the Department of Social Protection’s JobsPlus scheme may apply.

JobsPlus encourages and rewards employers who employ jobseekers on the Live Register.

Under the incentive, an employer may qualify for a payment of €7,500 for each person recruited who has been unemployed for between 12 and 24 months or a payment of €10,000 for each person recruited who has been unemployed for more than 24 months

JobsPlus Youth

JobsPlus Youth applies to jobseekers aged under 25 who have been on the Live Register for four months.

Your local supported employment agency can help you access JobsPlus if applicable.

Employee Retention Grant Scheme

The Employee Retention Grant Scheme can support employers to retain employees who acquire an illness, condition or impairment which impacts on their ability to carry out their job.

Employers may have to make reasonable accommodations (changes or adaptations to the workplace or workplace equipment).

This scheme can provide funding for accommodations and the training an employee may require to stay in their current position or to re-train the employee to take up another position with the company.

Funding of 90 per cent (up to €2,500) is available to develop a retention strategy and further funding of 90 per cent (up to €12,500) is available to implement the strategy.

Your local supported employment agency can help with accessing this grant if it applies.

Workplace Adaptation Grant

A Workplace Adaptation Grant is available to make a workplace more accessible for an employee with disability and for equipment for a worker to do their job.

Examples of adaptations include ramps or modified toilets, alarm systems, voice synthesisers for computers or amplifiers for telephones.

A maximum grant of €6,348.70 is available.

There are other grants available for workplace equipment and support.

Your local supported employment agency can help access any grants that may apply.

Disability Awareness Training Support Scheme

This scheme provides funding for disability awareness training for staff and management. Your local supported employment agency can help with accessing this funding and sourcing the training.

The training will provide a greater understanding and awareness in the area of disability and any legislation that may apply in this area.

The training will also address questions or concerns employers and their employees may have about working with, or managing, people with disabilities.

Grants cover 90 per cent of eligible training costs up to a maximum of €20,000 in the first year and 80 per cent in the second year.


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