Disability Grants & Grants for Vulnerable People

Carers Week Grants

National Carers Week will be held from Sunday 10 to Saturday 16 October 2021 and is about recognising and celebrating the outstanding contribution unpaid carers make to our nation.

There are over 2.7 million unpaid carers in Australia providing care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, mental illness, alcohol or drug dependency, long term health condition or who is frail due to age.

Anyone at any time can become a carer. National Carers Week is an opportunity to educate and raise awareness among all Australians about the diversity of carers and their caring roles.

Grants of up to $300 are available to organisations and carer support groups to run events or activities, either online or in-person to acknowledge family and friend carers in our community and support and celebrate carers across NSW.

Grant recipients must ensure their events and activities comply with the COVID-19 health regulations and guidelines in place at the time.

Closes 14 June 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.

Next 2021 Grant Round Panel Meetings 17 June.

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Indigenous Suicide Prevention Services

The Indigenous Suicide Postvention Services (ISPS) grant opportunity is designed to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and communities immediately following a suicide or other significant trauma. The objectives of this grant opportunity are to:
•Provide trauma-informed, culturally safe holistic models of support for postvention support recipients
•Provide immediate and culturally appropriate response to individuals and families affected by critical incidents
•Deliver services nationally through a qualified Indigenous workforce, with the capacity to locate and train a local workforce
•Utilise strong professional connections with relevant local services to build referral pathways and service coordination to ensure clients are able to access the services they need
•Support individuals and families to enhance community capacity and resilience over the longer term.

Closes 10 June 2021

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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 31 December 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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