Disability Grants & Grants for Vulnerable People

Seniors Festival Grants
These grants allow for organisations and councils to run local activities to help people over 60 remain active, healthy and engaged with their local community.
  • Up to $1000 is available for small-scale local community events and activities.
  • $1001-$5000 for larger community events and activities.
  • $5001-$10, 000 for local governments to hold large community events
Eligible activities include (but are not limited to):
  • Events offering free advice and resources
  • Free activities during NSW Seniors Festival
  • Opportunities to connect seniors with local organisations
  • Outdoor and physically active workshops
Events and activities must be conducted between 5-30 April 2021.
Closes 4 February 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 30 June 2021
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National Disability Strategy - National Disability Conference Initiative 2021–2022

(GO4538 & GO4539)

The National Disability Conference Initiative (NDCI) 2021-22 is part of the activities supporting the aims in the National Disability Strategy and assists in delivering improved outcomes for people with disability and their carers.

There are two categories of grants available under NDCI in 2021-22:

Activity Stream 1: Disability Conference Activity (DCA)

The DCA will be a continuation of the existing NDCI program, providing grants of up to $10,000 (GST exclusive) to enable disability conference organisers to maximise the inclusion and participation of people with disability at their conferences.

Activity Stream 2: Mainstream Conference Inclusion Activity (MCIA)

This is a new activity stream to provide grants of up to $10,000 (GST exclusive) to Disabled People’s Organisations or Families Organisations (DPO/FOs) to collaborate with a mainstream conference organiser.

Note: Eligible organisations are able to apply for one or both activity streams outlined above, however, you can only submit one application per stream for this grant opportunity. If more than one application per activity stream is submitted, the latest accepted application form in each stream will progress.

Closes 20 January 2021

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Commonwealth Home Support Programme Growth Funding 2020-21 and 2021-22 (GO3632)

There are provisions under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) for the allocation of additional growth funding to help meet increased numbers of older Australians needing access to CHSP services. Growth funding is allocated on the basis of identified funding priorities and gaps in service delivery. Broad consultation with the sector informed the priorities that are identified and targeted in this grant opportunity.

This grant opportunity seeks to meet the entry-level aged care needs of older Australians by increasing funding to meet targeted geographic and service needs of clients eligible for CHSP.

To be eligible to apply for this funding opportunity, you must be:
•an existing CHSP service provider;
•an approved provider of aged care services; and/or;
•an approved provider of services under the NDIS.

Total grant amount $113.6m

Closes 25 January 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. 

For grant guidelines, please click here.


Family Relationships Services Programme (GO349)

The objective of this grant is to improve the wellbeing 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.

For grant guidelines, please click here.


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.

For grant guidelines, please click here.








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