DW funding news
Disability Wales has been awarded a funding package by Welsh Government totaling £600,000 over the next three years. This means that it is no longer at risk of closure this March as feared, following the news before Christmas that it lost its core grant due to changes in Welsh Government grant making arrangements.
Disability Wales has received core funding from the social services division within Welsh Government for over 40 years enabling it to act as the voice of disabled people’s organisations in Wales promoting rights, equality and independence. The change from core to project funding under the new Welsh Government Sustainable Social Services Third Sector Grant Scheme meant that DW no longer fitted the criteria so lost its main source of funding when it was not awarded a grant under the scheme.
Financial support to DW under the new package will be transferred from the Social Services and Integration Division delegated budget to the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty under the Fairer Futures Division. The agreement to award this funding package demonstrates that Welsh Government values the contribution made by DW over many policy areas. It also means that we can continue delivering our exciting and innovative projects Enabling Wales, Citizen Directed Co-operatives Cymru and DRILL (Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning).
Nevertheless DW’s income will reduce by 25% in 2016/17 which will mean introducing changes to the organisation and making some difficult decisions. Over the next few months DW will undertake a strategic review involving Directors and staff to reassess priorities, restructure the organisation and identify other funding opportunities to ensure a more sustainable future. We will keep you informed of developments.
Many thanks for your support over what has been a difficult and challenging few weeks. We have been overwhelmed by the goodwill towards DW, the messages of support and offers of assistance, all of which are greatly appreciated.
We look forward to working with you and continuing to represent your voice to government with the aim of informing and influencing policy concerning disability rights, equality and independent living.
Please accept my very best wishes for 2016.