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