Disability Grants & Grants for Vulnerable People

COVID-19 Sexual, Domestic and Family Violence Infrastructure Grant Program - Tranche 3 

This grant assists services that provide support to victim-survivors of sexual, domestic and family violence, including organisations working with perpetrators to respond to the challenges posed by COVID-19.

This grant program aims to:

  • reduce domestic violence reoffending, including working with perpetrators and/or victim-survivors
  • ensure the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable, children, young people and families, and protecting them from the risk of harm, abuse and neglect.

This one-off capital infrastructure grant funding is available for projects that fall within the following categories:

  • Acquisition of land or buildings suitable for the provision of frontline services.
  • Construction of new accommodation suitable for the provision of frontline services.
  • Refurbishment, repurposing and improvement of buildings from which frontline services are delivered. This may include projects such as:

◦improving access for people with disability
◦creating spaces for children such as outdoor areas, playgrounds, games rooms or healing and wellness rooms
◦upgrade to existing kitchens, bathrooms, living areas/ bedrooms, office
◦constructing or installing new spaces or demolishing existing buildings
◦building additions or upgrades at women’s shelters and other frontline locations
◦expansion of existing dwellings, including refurbishments and repurposing buildings, and land clearance and site works
◦construction of ramps or parking spots/spaces etc.
◦painting, plumbing, roofing or electrical services.

The funds cannot be used for non-infrastructure initiatives, staffing (except as part of the delivery of the infrastructure e.g. for tradespersons) or ongoing operational costs.

Grant amounts from $25, 000.

Closes 23 April 2021

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Building Digital Skills Grant

This grant supports older Australians 50+ through free face-to-face contact, either one-on-one or in small groups, to develop their digital skills and confidence, utilising the learning courses available on the Be Connected Learning site.

Be Connected is an Australian Government initiative that aims to increase the confidence, skills and online safety of older Australians. It aims to empower everyone to use the internet and everyday technology to thrive in the digital world.

There are six different contract sizes available, depending on how many older people an organisation is able to support:

Standard contracts
a) 50 people: $2,500
b) 100 people: $5,000
c) 200 people: $10,000
d) 300 people: $15,000

Specialist contracts
a) 25 people: $2,500
b) 50 people: $5,000

The funding can be spent on activities that support older Australians to gain basic computer skills and confidence such as:

•New devices including computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones
•Upgrading software for devices
•Broadband fees
•Digital mentor expenses, including training to be a digital mentor
•Printing of learning materials for older Australian learners
•Police checks for all staff and mentors involved in delivering the Be Connected

Closes 30 April 2021

A subsequent round closes on 28 May.

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Business Improvement Fund for Residential Care

The Business Improvement Fund gives short-term targeted grants to eligible aged care providers who are at risk of severe financial difficulty, ensuring senior Australians' needs are met.

The fund provides around $85 million to support providers who face significant financial difficulty. It will focus on residential providers at the greatest risk of service failure, particularly where there are impacts on residents.

Providers can use the funding to:

  • improve their business, for example, to restructure business operations and upgrade financial management and IT systems
  • transition a business to a new provider
  • close down a business in a safe and orderly manner and transition residents to other facilities (where there’s no other option)

Generally, funding will not exceed $7,500 per operational residential care bed.

In the case of a sale of a business, funding will not exceed $15,000 per operational residential care bed.

Closes 30 April 2021

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At Home Care Grants

This grant aims to keep young people with a disability at home with their families and prevent new admissions to inappropriate housing.

It provides one-off funding of up to $10, 000 for those 18-65 years with high care needs to purchase equipment and/or pay for home modifications and essential support/respite that is unable to be funded through other means (eg. NDIS). This funding is to both enhance their quality of life and assist them to remain living in their own home.

Both individuals and eligible organisations on behalf of an individual can apply for a grant.

Eligible items are those that are unable to be funded by the NDIS or elsewhere, including:
- Equipment such as essential medical equipment, double/queen adjustable beds, air conditioners and other essential items
- Home modifications to enable access and mobility (e.g. ramps)
- Respite and support services
- Other items that will extend the recipient’s ability to remain at home
- Pre-planning reviews/reports
- Possible gaps in NDIS funding where cost is incurred by the individual.

Closes 18 August 2021)

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The Youngcare Home Support Grants

This grant is available for individuals aged 16-65 who have a physical disability and who need essential funding to either remain living at home or move back home from inappropriate housing such as Aged Care.

The Youngcare Home Support Grant provides up to $10,000 ($20,000 in extreme situations) for essential equipment, home modifications and services, and household items and utilities.

Youngcare’s Home Support Grant can provide funding where there are critical gaps in an NDIS participant’s plan, but there is still clear evidence of need. The grant also seeks to bridge the gap in essential services and support for families in need, during the transitional period while they gain access to the NDIS.

2021 Grant Round Panel Meetings:

  • 6 May
  • 17 June

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The COVID-19 Aged Care Support Program (GO4215)

The purpose of this grant is to minimise the risk of infection to aged care workers, residents and other consumers of aged care services and minimise the financial burden COVID-19 could cause aged care services.
The intended outcomes are to reduce:

• the risk of residents, other consumers of aged care services and workers in declared hotspots from being exposed to COVID-19
• the risk of residential care workers unintentionally transmitting COVID-19 by working across multiple sites
• the financial costs of managing the impacts of COVID-19 before an outbreak occurs in eligible aged care services.

Examples of eligible workforce costs that can be claimed under this grant are those that will minimise the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak and support eligible workers:

•who normally work at multiple residential aged care facilities but will be working solely at the facility being applied for
•who are not to attend work because they have been experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, have been diagnosed as COVID-19 positive, require testing or are subject to self-isolation or quarantine requirements; or
•to undertake training in the event a skills gap arises from where existing workers are not to work due to experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or are subject to self-isolation or quarantine requirements.

Please note the addendum:  

Additional services/facilities have been added to the spreadsheet to account for providers who have more than six services that meet the eligibility criteria.

Closes 30 June 2021
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Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) – Community-Led Proposals

This program aims to provide grants for proposals that address a need for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Community-led means the project is supported, developed and delivered with, or in consultation with, the community group who will be impacted by the activity.

NIAA may provide grant funding at any time in response to a request from a community, individual or organisation for support to respond to an emerging community need or opportunity. Indigenous Australians, communities, and stakeholders are encouraged to work together to identify particular needs and identify strategies to address these needs.

The first step for potential applicants is to contact the local NIAA Regional Network Office to organise a time to discuss the proposal. Applicants must also submit an initial proposal form that outlines the proposed activity.

The Department will provide feedback on the proposal including whether the project addresses a priority area of need for the community or region and the IAS. This gives potential applicants the opportunity to receive feedback before deciding whether to submit an application for funding.

Eligible activities must address the six programs of the IAS: 
- Jobs, land and economy
- Children and schooling
- Safety and wellbeing
- Culture and capability
- Remote Australia strategies
- Research and evaluation

The main assessment criteria include:
- Need: The activity is needed to provide improved outcomes and there is a demand for the activity from the target Indigenous community or group.
- Quality: The organisation that will deliver the proposed activity is committed to and capable of working with the target Indigenous community or group.
- Efficiency: The proposed activity will support the intended outcomes in a way that appropriately manages risk, is cost-effective and is coordinated with relevant stakeholders in the target community.
- Effectiveness: The proposed activity can deliver the intended outcomes and sustain the outcomes into the future.

This grant is open on an ongoing basis. 

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Family Relationships Services Programme (GO349)

The objective of this grant is to improve the well-being of Australian families, particularly families with children, who are at risk of separating, or who have separated.

This grant opportunity specifically relates to the Family Law Systems Projects component of the FRSP. Funding is only available for discrete projects which build the capacity of the family law system to assist families who are at risk of separation or have separated.

This can include projects to support the family law services which are separately funded under the FRSP, such as family law counselling, children’s contact services and family dispute resolution. Funding could be sought for activities such as training for staff of the family law services or research into issues relating to family separation.

Funding is not available through this grant opportunity for proposals focused on domestic violence, mental health, parenting skills or other issues if those proposals are not directly linked to supporting family law services and the wellbeing of separated and separating Australian families. Funding is not available to establish new family law services or to increase ongoing base funding for existing family law services.

This grant is ongoing.

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Impact Investment Ready - Growth Grant

The Impact Investment Ready Growth Grant equips for-profit and not-for-profit organisations with the support they need to create tangible social outcomes.  The fund allows them to secure investment capital to fast-track the growth and scale of their project which will solve a predominantly Australia-based social problem.

The Impact Investment Ready Growth Grants are funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS) Sector Readiness Fund and the following trusts in Equity Trustee's SIP Program; Trudy and Florence Williams Charitable Trust, managed by Equity Trustees and The Lord Mayors Charitable Foundation (LMCF).

Grant decisions are made by an independent panel of experts.

Applications are encouraged from all organisations that focus on one or more of the following outcome areas:
•Early Childhood & Education
•Employment, Training & Participation
•Housing & Local Amenity
•Physical Health & Disability
•Family, Communities & Inclusion
•Mental Health & Well-being
•Income & Financial Inclusion
•Indigenous People.

Grants up to $140,000 are available. 

Expressions of Interest are accepted on an ongoing basis.

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