Test and Check opportunity for ILC grants

Have you been working on your Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) grant and would like someone to cast their eye over your idea?

Inclusion Ready has an opportunity for you to submit your proposal for independent feedback by a well-informed panel of experts.

This free service is open to the first 40 applicants who complete a Test & Check document.

All applications will have the experienced eyes of a panel that will include a representative for people with a disability and a grant expert, as well as National Disability Services (NDS) Queensland’s Ian Montague who has been delivering the Inclusion Ready workshops.

Mr Montague said while the ILC grant application process was simple in format, it was not simple in practice.

“The ILC online application limits the number of characters you have to respond to each criterion,” he said.

“To answer the application questions while simultaneously demonstrating the value of your idea, along with your skills and capability, is no easy matter”.

“Applications need to be concise, clear and straight to the point, and the Test & Check panel is here to help organisations with that.”

It’s also important to ensure that your ILC grant application is only asking for funding for activities that are not able to be, or currently funded by existing organisations, programs or activities.

“The ILC focuses on the gaps and is not there to duplicate other systems such as the health system, education system or even transport.  These are all funded through other arrangements,” Mr Montague said.

“This includes what employers are responsible for under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA)”.

The Test & Check panel will consider if your application would be eligible for ILC funding.

By accessing the service, potential applicants will:

  • Be able to practice documenting their proposal in a manner aligned to the past rounds of ILC grants.  This will help each organisation to be prepared when the grants are released – which is likely later this year.
  • Receive feedback about eligibility, highlight gaps in their submission or give them the confidence to continue with advice.

There is also the opportunity to have your project shared on the Inclusion Ready Online community of practice.

“We can share the basic concepts of each project with the broader ILC community for further feedback.

“By doing this, other organisations with the same idea may be able to collaborate with you and by doing so strengthen your ILC grant application. Collaboration will also reduce duplication, which means fewer organisations competing against each other for the same pool of funds.

“The other great thing is that if you need more support to deliver your activities, organisations can connect with you, which may also solidify application,” Mr Montague said.

The template can be accessed at on the Inclusion Ready resources page.

The ‘Test & Check’ panel is open to the first 40 people who email their documents to Ian, so be quick!

The feedback process aims to be completed before the next round of grants are released.