If you are a person with a disability and have been offered employment, are about to change job or become self-employed, you or your employer might be able to avail of the Workplace Equipment Adaptation Grant.
What is a Workplace Equipment and Adaptation Grant?
If you have a disability and you require a more accessible workplace or adapted equipment in order to do your job, a grant is available for employers. An adaptation grant may be given for the following things:
Minor building modifications such as ramps or modified toilets
Alarm systems with flashing lights
Equipment adaptation such as voice synthesisers for computers or amplifiers for telephones
A maximum grant of €6,350 is available towards the cost of adaptations to premises or equipment. This grant can be used to upgrade adapted equipment which was previously funded. It can also be used for training in the use of grant-aided equipment.
How do I qualify for the Workplace Equipment Adaptation Grant?
You can apply for this grant if you have been offered a job or an apprenticeship in the private sector and require adapted equipment or premises to undertake the duties required. You can also apply for this grant if you have a job in the private sector and have recently changed jobs as a result of redeployment or promotion and require adaptations to equipment or premises to undertake the duties required. You may also apply for this grant if you are about to become self-employed.
How do I apply for the Workplace Equipment Adaptation Grant?
You or your employer must identify the equipment/adaptation required and justify the need for it. You must then submit medical evidence to show that, that due to the nature of the disability, the equipment/adaptation is needed in order to undertake the duties of the role.
- If the total amount claimed is under €700, one quotation should be submitted with the application.
- If the total amount claimed is over €700 but under €1,500 two quotations should be submitted.
- If the total about claimed is over €1,500 three quotations should be submitted.
In the case of workplace premises adaptation, plans should accompany the proposals and a timescale for completing the work should be stated. A Case Officer from the Department of Social Protection will meet the applicant to review the application. The Department will pay the grant to the applicant to cover the costs agreed.
You may also qualify for a grant to adapt your home.
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