A new €20 million fund to enhance disability services - many of which have recently been re-opening following Covid-19 closures - will be announced today.
Grants will be made available for extra therapy sessions, training and upgrading buildings. This is in addition to the disability funding announced in Budget 2021.
Last January, just weeks before the General Election, a 1% cut to the disability budget was announced.
This left many services, including day care and respite settings, with their future in doubt.
Just weeks in office, as Covid-19 restrictions left many of these services closed, Taoiseach Micheál Martin announced the cut would be reversed.
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly will announce that a further €20m will be made available for grants to services which have been re-opening since August.
Voluntary organisations will be able to apply for grants to ensure that they can remain sustainable into the future - including for measures to improve governance and to enhance backroom supports such as IT and payroll.
Grants will also be available for additional therapy sessions for service users as well as small building works to make care settings more home-like and technology that might help to enhance independence.