Dear whoever this may concern,
I hope you don’t mind me contacting you, however we are aware of some recent communication that has been distributed about our Transition Fund, which contained a couple of messages that we wanted to clarify.
We are absolutely delighted and thrilled that you have taken the time to spread the word about our Transition Fund and we definitely want as many people as possible to know about the Fund and for as many young people who are eligible to apply. However, we want to emphasise that our Transition Fund is open all year round and will not close at the end of March 2019. We have received a number of phone calls from worried parents and young people panicking that they need to rush and get an application in to us by the 31st March and we want to reassure people that this is not the case. As I say, the Fund is open all year round and young people who are eligible do not need to rush their application to make a deadline and can submit them in their own time.
Also, we just wanted to clarify that our Transition Fund is for young people aged 16 – 21 living with a disability. There has been some communication explaining that the fund is for those aged 16 – 24. Unfortunately, although we would love to also make funding available to those aged 22, 23 and 24, the eligibility policy that has been agreed and signed off by the Minister is that our Transition Fund can provide funding to those young people aged 16 – 21 living with a disability. Please note that young people can apply when they are 15, however they won’t receive funding until they are 16 if they are successful in their application.
We hope that this information is helpful, however please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like more information or if you would like one of our staff members to come out and talk to any of your staff or any parents or young people that you support about the Transition Fund.
Please do pass this information on to anyone who you think it may be relevant for or who may benefit. You can also find more information about the Transition Fund on our website https://ilf.scot/transition-fund/
Communications Manager | Independent Living Fund Scotland
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