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About ILF Scotland

ILF Scotland is a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) constituted as a company limited by guarantee. It was created following the closure of the UK ILF in June 2015 and has been administering ILF funding for existing fund recipients in Scotland and Northern Ireland since 1 July 2015. The purpose of this funding is to enable independent living for disabled people, giving recipients control, choice and dignity.

In late 2017, the Transition Fund (TF) was launched after major co-production, to support young disabled people between 16-25 in the transition after leaving school or children’s services to be more independent, more active and engaged in their community, and to build and maintain relationships with other people.

ILF Scotland currently distributes annual funding through the Independent Living Fund and Transition Fund (TF) of approximately £55m alongside revenue budget of approximately £4M totalling around £60 million to support individual recipients lead independent lives. The organisation consists of a staff team of around 78 people, who provide independent living support for over 8,000 current fund recipients per annum split between the 2015 Fund (2,300) and Transition Fund (6,000).

This is an exciting time to be part of ILF Scotland’s team following the recent re-opening of the Independent Living Fund, which will increase the number of disabled people who will receive additional funding to help achieve their independent living outcomes.

The organisation is fully funded by and accountable to Scottish and Northern Ireland Government Ministers via a Board of Directors. Directors are appointed by Scottish Ministers in-line with the Scottish Public Appointments process.

As a values-based organisation, ILF Scotland takes a values led approach to legislative compliance where people and relationship building are a key focus.

Further information is available as follows:


2015 Fund

Since July 2015, the ILF Scotland 2015 Fund has directly supported nearly 10,800 disabled individuals to live independently in Scotland and Northern Ireland, making a real positive difference to the lives of individuals, their families, friends and communities.

ILF funding enables recipients the ability to exercise choice and control to live their lives independently. This funding enables these individuals to pay for care, from agency support workers or by employing personal assistants, to support them in all aspects of their daily lives in their home and within their local communities. This funding is known as the 2015 Fund. After significant work by the Northern Ireland ILF Stakeholder Group, user group, disabled people and Civil Servants, it was agreed in 2015 between the Scottish Government and Northern Ireland Government that ILF Scotland would also administer funding for ILF recipients in Northern Ireland.

Since Michaela first started receiving support from ILF when she was 17 years old, she has gone on to complete an undergraduate degree in PR and has a Masters in PR and Communication, specialising in Political Lobbying. Michaela also passed her driving test and has recently been awarded an MBE for her services to disabled people.

“Receiving support from ILF has allowed me to achieve goals that previously would not have been possible. I’ve been able to support more fundraising, and I have recently joined a political party to try to shape disability policy and legislation in Northern Ireland more directly. I have also been able to become more active in my community and am able to go on social outings more often.”


Transition Fund

In December 2017, ILF Scotland launched the Transition Fund. The purpose of this fund is to support young disabled people aged between 16-25 in Scotland with the transition after leaving school or children’s services to be more independent, more active and engaged in their community and to build and maintain relationships with other people.

Applicants can apply for grants of up to £4,000 each, which can be used to fund activities and experiences that will improve their transition into young adulthood, such as driving lessons, sporting equipment and joining a class or club.


Hope’s Story

23-year-old Hope always dreamt of making her own clothes and being able to show her personality through her unique style. Hope found embroidering extremely difficult in the past due to her visual impairment and has been unable to join embroidery classes because of this.

Hope applied to the ILF Scotland Transition Fund to help progress her embroidery skills and get closer to achieving her goals of making her own clothes.

Hope used money from the Transition Fund to buy an electric embroidery machine and accessories. The machine will allow her to import her designs from her computer making it much more accessible for her and will also allow her to join embroidery classes where she can meet new friends who are passionate about the same things.

“The process of applying to the ILF Scotland Transition Fund couldn’t have been easier. I applied during lockdown, and I was surprised at how quickly I received my grant approval. I thought that it would take longer given that a lot of things were closed during lockdown but actually, it was quick!”


Cait’s Story

Cait Kostka is a 19-year-old baker from Thornhill in Dumfries and Galloway who has autism. She applied to the Transition Fund to help start her baking and chocolate business. Since receiving support from the Transition Fund, Cait has become more independent and has improved her confidence.

The money Cait received was used to purchase all of the baking equipment she needed to start her business, including a food mixer, baking tins and chocolate moulds.

“Receiving the funding helped me to be more independent, mainly not relying on my parents for financial support all the time. It boosted my confidence, because if I needed to buy something I could just go and do it. I was making my own decisions and not relying on other people to help. Also, as I was busier, I was meeting more people face to face in my community and this helped my confidence a lot.”

Cait now supplies cakes and chocolates to a number of private customers and will soon be supplying local businesses. She plans to expand her business in the future and hopes to one day open her own café.

“Don’t be afraid to apply for support to try something new. The people at ILF Scotland are very helpful. It’s easy to apply to the Transition Fund – you just need to fill out a form and send it off. The sooner the better if you have an idea and need some financial help. Good luck!”


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