Disability Grants & Grants for Vulnerable People

Aged Care Support Program COVID-19 (GO3844)
This grant program will reimburse eligible aged care providers for eligible expenditure incurred from managing direct impacts of COVID-19. The Program will run over 2 years from 2019-20 to 2020-21. It will assist eligible providers that are subject to direct COVID-19 impacts to deliver continuity of safe quality care. 

Eligible applicants can apply for funding for each impacted service for the periods between the date on which the resident, staff member or client is tested for COVID-19 and the date on which direct COVID-19 impacts are resolved (i.e. no infected or isolated residents, staff members or clients).

Eligible applicants are:

* An approved Residential Aged Care provider with one or more services directly impacted by COVID-19; and/or

* An approved National Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Provider with one or more services directly impacted by COVID-19; and/or

* An approved Home Care provider one or more services directly impacted by COVID-19.

Total grant amount $52.9 million

Closes 31 May 2021

For Grant Guidelines, please click here.


Business Improvement Fund for Residential Aged Care (GO3410)

The Business Improvement Fund for Residential Aged Care will provide targeted support to eligible approved providers of residential aged care experiencing financial difficulty, prioritising providers in regional, rural, and remote areas, and small to medium sized providers, with limited access to financial support, that are facing significant financial pressure. The Fund will provide financial support to approved providers through three streams of grant funding which include:

•Supporting a provider to go through a process of business improvement

•Supporting the sale of the residential aged care facility to another provider

•Where no options exist, supporting the orderly and safe close down of a residential facility

A provider can only apply for one of the funding support streams. Applications for multiple facilities will be accepted but must be submitted on a separate application form for each facility.

Support provided under the fund will be accompanied by close monitoring of financial performance to decrease the likelihood of future viability or quality assurance issues and ensure accountability for funds provided.

To be eligible, your organisation must be a residential aged care provider that:

•has operational residential aged care facilities in Australia including all NATSIFAC residential providers, and local Government residential providers;

•have no or limited access to other sources or forms of support (e.g. from other operations or means including from a parent or related organisation); and

•be in a financial position impacting significantly on your ability to care for residents or facing reasonably near risks of service closure.

Total grant amount $48.7 million

Closes 15 May 2020

For Grant Guidelines, please click here.


Special Initiative in Mental Health 2020 (GO3821)

NHMRC has allocated a total of up to $10 million to support a single collaborative research project over five years.

Applications will onlybe accepted from NHMRC-approved Administering Instituations.  A list of these institutions is available on NHMRC’s website.

Mental health is a strategic priority of NHMRC. Over the last two years, NHMRC has been working with the mental health research community to understand the current spread of investments in mental health, key areas of research need and how a strategic investment by the NHMRC would be best placed. As well, NHMRC has consulted with key mental health policy and funding bodies to explore opportunities for this strategic investment to complement other initiatives.

In September 2017, NHMRC established the Mental Health Research Advisory Committee (MHRAC), drawn from the health and medical research sector, to advise on priorities in this area. From the advice of MHRAC a stakeholder workshop was convened to refine the parameters for a NHMRC special initiative in mental health research.

The SIMH will support a multidisciplinary and nationally focussed team to establish a national centre for innovation in mental health care as a collaborative network across Australia (involving key institutions, existing national networks in mental health, and other relevant bodies). The SIMH will undertake innovative, high quality implementation research to improve health outcomes and outlooks for people living with mental illness. The centre will operate as a virtual network across Australia, coordinated by a single institution acting as an administrative hub. The centre will include flagship programs to focus the network’s activities on each of the identified research themes. Flagships, which may be based at participating institutions, should be open to a broad membership of researchers, health care services, carers and consumers in mental health to facilitate innovative service delivery across Australia.

Closes 15 July 2020

For Grant Guidelines, objectives and intended outcomes, please click here or email: or phone 1800 500 983.

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 their social impact.

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 panels 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.

For Grant Guidelines, please click here.


Individual Capacity Building Program 2020-21 (GO3770)

This program aims to ensure that people with a disability have the capacity and skills to participate in and contribute to the community.  It also aims to protect their rights, increase their motivation and improve their confidence.  This program offers peer support and mentoring for people with disability, their families and carers.

Organisations are invited by the NDIA to apply by 22 April 2020.

For Grant Guidelines, please click here.


Compensation Grant Progam for Paralympians

The purpose of the Compensation Grant program is to provide financial support to Paralympians whose Disability Support Pension (DSP) payments have been affected due to travelling outside Australia for training and/or competitions exceeding the general travel allowance of 28 days in a financial year.

The Federal Government has committed $320,000 over four financial years to support Paralympians whose payments in any of the four financial years from 2018/19 to 2021/22 have been impacted.

To be eligible to apply for a DSP Compensation grant in this funding round, an athlete must:

i. Have been categorised within the AIS Athlete Categorisation Framework in 2018/19
ii. Have had their 2018/19 DSP payments affected as a result of travelling outside Australia (in excess of the general travel allowance of 28 days) for training and/or competitions in preparation for the Summer or Winter Paralympic Games
iii. Have the training and/or competitions mentioned in ii) sanctioned by the National Sporting Organisation (NSO).

Closes 30 April 2020

For Grant Guidelines, please click here.