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'2003 is set to be an exciting and ground-breaking year for disabled...
'2003 is set to be an exciting and ground-breaking year for disabled

people across the UK,' Maria Eagle, minister for disabled people,

said today.

'Over 90 projects that will make a real difference to disabled

people have today been awarded grants of up to£50,000 each to mark

the UK's participation in European Year of Disabled People 2003.

'From setting up a national football league to putting on an opera,

training in film production to launching the first ever UK Disabled

People's Parliament, the range and quality of successful projects is


'The number of applications exceeded our expectations - and selecting

projects from over 1,100 applications was extremely difficult.

'In fact, the calibre of project ideas has been so high that I am

delighted to be able to announce an extra£1m to fund

additional projects across the UK - taking the total to£2.3m.

'Disabled people will be involved in the running of all the

successful projects, and I hope that every project, whether national

or local, will have a lasting effect in the lives of disabled people

beyond 2003.'

The successful projects are spread across England, Wales, Scotland

and Northern Ireland, and cover a wide range of impairments.

All projects are UK-based, not-for-profit and set to start in 2003.

4 UK wide and 8 regional projects will receive up to£50,000.

81 local projects will receive up to£10,000.

The additional projects will be announced before Christmas.

The full list of successful projects is available here.


The European Year of Disabled People is being organised by a National

Co-ordinating Committee (NCC) led by the Department for Work and

Pensions (DWP). The NCC assessed all projects and recommended them to

the Minister for Disabled People for approval.

The Department for Work and Pensions is contributing£2m to

support the European Year.

A 'Local Project' covers an area smaller than an English Government

Office region. A 'Regional/National Project' covers one or more

English Government regions, or the whole of England or Wales or

Scotland or Northern Ireland. UK wide projects cover the whole of the


The grants will be paid in instalments as agreed with the successful


All projects will start in 2003 and be complete no later than 31st

March 2004.

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