6 keys to making a case for ILC funding

By now, you’re most likely aware that the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is looking to fund creative, innovative, accessible and inclusive projects for people with a disability through the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) program.

The information in the following blog is correct at the time of posting. Read the latest updates here.

Are you prepared to make the case for your project to be funded when the NDIA opens the ILC grant funding for Queensland?

While organisations in other states have been successful already, we’re yet to have the grants made available to us in Queensland.

But they are coming. Now is the time to be inclusion ready.

We do know that the ILC projects will be rolled out in Queensland from 1 July 2019. Given that, you can expect the grants application process to be completed by the end of 2018. Once the grants are announced, you will only have a small window though to prepare your application.

Are you ready?

We want you to be completely ready to take advantage of the ILC grants process. So, we’ve highlighted the six keys to making a successful ILC grants case below to make your life easier.

Here are the six keys to making a case for ILC grant funding

  1. Do you have an idea for an ILC activity?
  2. Check your idea is eligible for an ILC
  3. Use the ILC Toolkit
  4. Attend an ILC grant preparation workshop
  5. Develop your idea further
  6. Find partners

1.Do you have an idea for an ILC activity?

To apply for the ILC grant funding, you will need to develop an idea aimed at giving people with disability the same kind of meaningful life that everyone else in your community enjoys.

Every idea for an ILC grant needs to:

  • achieve at least one of the five long-term outcomes
  • address at least one of the five focus areas
  • fall into at least one of the four activity areas identified for the ILC program.

We’ve listed these below for easy reference but you can find more information.

Long-term outcomes

  1. People with disability are connected and have the information they need to make decisions and choices.
  2. People with disability have the skills and confidence to participate and contribute to the community and protect their rights.
  3. People with disability use and benefit from the same mainstream services as everyone else.
  4. People with disability participate in and benefit from the same community activities as everyone else.
  5. People with disability actively contribute to leading, shaping and influencing their community.

 Focus areas

  1. Specialist or expert delivery: The NDIA will focus on activities that provide specific skills and knowledge in relation to disability – for example, diagnostic specific expertise or expertise in particular models of support or capacity building.
  2. Cohort-focused delivery: The NDIA will focus on activities for specific groups of people that require detailed cultural or other knowledge to be effective – for example, multilingual activities to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples or people from culturally or linguistically diverse backgrounds.
  3. Multi-regional activities: The NDIA will focus on activities that would be inefficient if delivered separately in different local areas – for example, advice or information that is not based on location and could be relevant anywhere.
  4. Remote and rural delivery: The NDIA delivery will focus on ensuring activities are designed to address local needs, circumstances and conditions in rural and remote locations.
  5. Delivery by people with disability, for people with disability: The NDIA will focus on supporting organisations that are run and controlled by people with disability. These are sometimes called user-led organisations.

Activity areas

  1. Information, linkages and referrals – activities that provide people with disability and their families and carers with access to up-to-date, relevant and quality information and/or make sure they are linked into services and supports in the community that meet their needs.
  2. Capacity building for mainstream services – activities that increase mainstream services knowledge and skills to meet the needs of people with disability.
  3. Community awareness and capacity building – activities that will help community activities and programs understand the needs of people with disability and have the skills and knowledge they need to be more inclusive.
  4. Individual capacity building – activities that help people with disability to have the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to set and achieve their goals. People who do not have an NDIS plan will be prioritised in this area.

Don’t have an idea yet?

It doesn’t really matter at this point whether you have an existing idea for an ILC activity or not. There are plenty of resources available online to help you create one.

And, the CSIA – in partnership with NDS – are also running workshops designed to guide you through the entire ILC grants process, starting with generating your great idea.

We’ll talk more on the workshops in a minute.

2.Check your idea is eligible for an ILC grant

Your idea must cover one or more of the five long-term outcomes for people with disability identified by the ILC program (see list above).

Further, any idea you develop must be an unmet need in your community.

In identifying an unmet need for people with disability in your community, you may find that it is meant to be addressed by an NDIS Local Area Coordinator or NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention partner.

While this means your idea falls outside the eligibility criteria for an ILC grant, you can still do one of the following:

Find out more information on what can be funded under the ILC grant program.

3.Use the ILC Toolkit

Work your way through the ILC Toolkit to:

  • increase your understanding of ILC
  • improve your skills in applying for and managing grants
  • improve your skills in measuring and managing outcomes for people with disability.

Although the Toolkit is extremely important in the development of your ILC grant submission, it provides general guidance only.

We strongly encourage you to attend one of the 30+ Inclusion Ready workshops that the NDS are running across Queensland in partnership with CSIA.

You can access the Toolkit here.

4.Attend an ILC grant preparation workshop

As we mentioned above, the NDIS ­– in partnership with CSIA – are delivering workshops across Queensland to help you understand how you and your business/organisation/community group can work to support inclusion and apply for an ILC grant.

The workshops will help you define your ideas, plan meaningful activities and projects, access grant writing support, and bring your innovation to market.

You will gain access to the information and resources you need to become more inclusive of people with disability, plus you will receive training on how to meet the requirements of the ILC grant process.

We will also give you the tools to test your activity against the new ILC outcomes models, as well as provide a place to find collaboration opportunities.

No matter where you are in the ILC process, you will benefit from attending the workshops.

They have been created to support you through the entire journey, from idea development through to preparing your application.

Everyone in the community – business owners, community clubs, professionals, Local Area Coordinators just to name a few – are encouraged to attend.

5.Develop your idea further

After you’ve attended an Inclusion Ready Workshop, or watched the webinar, you may find you still have more work to do with regards to refining your idea, finding the right organisations to partner with and preparing your grant application.

Continuing to work through the resources that were introduced to you during the workshop will be invaluable.

Here are direct links to:

6.Find partners

Partnerships and collaborations are critical to the success of your ILC grant application. Particularly cross-sector collaborations with an out-of-the-box focus on improving the meaningfulness of life for people with disability.

Consider ideas like:

  • working with the local mechanic to find practical ways for people with disability to enjoy a career in that field
  • working with musicians to design instruments that will bring music to the lives of people with disability who were previously unable to play an instrument
  • working with local culturally and linguistically diverse groups to develop resources in languages other than English.

The people and organisations you collaborate with might range from other community service organisations, community groups or local government representatives through to private business owners, or large corporations.

There are limitless options when it comes to finding a project partner.

But, when it comes to establishing that partnership, make sure you ask yourself:

  • how does this person/organisation help to address the issue concerned?
  • are they the best person/organisation to increase the impact of your idea?
  • are there any barriers to a successful partnership with this person/organisation and if so, how can they be overcome?
  • is everyone concerned as equally committed as you?
  • are there any conflicts of interest to be addressed, either inside your own organisation or with your partner?
  • is everyone involved clear about the appropriate use for any ILC grant funding obtained?

Building a shared understanding of your idea through the ILC Outcomes Framework will support both your application and your ongoing collaboration process. You can access that here.

There is also a very useful module in the ILC Toolkit on partnering and collaboration that we highly recommend you review before moving forward.

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Other resources

Build your ILC outcomes story

How to write a grant

CSIA Inclusion Ready resources

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