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Tuesday, 24 July 2012

From today, disabled grassroots organisations in Scotland and Wales - which can make a real difference to the everyday lives of disabled people on the ground - will be able to access a £3 million fund.

Disabled Peoples User Led Organisations (DPULOs) run by and for disabled people, often provide support and services alongside those provided by the public sector.  Drawing on their own first hand experience of disability, they have clear ideas about what works and what doesn’t.

Now these organisations in Scotland and Wales will be able to bid for pots of money to fund individual projects that will help them to become more sustainable.  More than half a million has already been paid out by the ‘Strengthening DPULO Programme’ in England since it was launched a year ago.

Minister for Disabled People, Maria Miller said:

'Back in July last year I launched a £3m fund to help strengthen grassroots organisations by giving out pots of money to fund individual projects on the ground.

'The idea was based on feedback I received from these organisations that a little funding at the right time can make all the difference to the support they are able to provide to disabled people.

'We have millions of pounds to invest, so I would urge people who are part of DPULOs in Scotland and Wales to apply to the fund and take this is an opportunity build on the successes they have already achieved.'

As well as offering financial support, the Strengthening DPULOs Programme will provide Scottish and Welsh DPULOs with support and advice on how to strengthen and make their organisations more sustainable through two new Ambassadors.

Rhian Davies, Chief Executive of Disability Wales, said:

'The extension of the Strengthening DPULOs Programme into Wales means that Welsh DPOs can now access specific funding aimed at supporting their growth as well as their ability to advocate and deliver even more effectively on behalf of disabled people.'

Jim Elder Woodward OBE, Convenor of Independent Living in Scotland Steering Group, said:

'It has never been more important to grow and strengthen the capacity of this influence. That is why the Independent Living in Scotland project (ILiS) welcomes the ODI’s plans to support disabled people and their organisations to grow in strength and influence, and we look forward to working with the Strengthening DPULOs Programme to build on work here in Scotland.'

People can find out more about the Strengthening DPULOs scheme and Facilitation Fund by visiting or

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