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Don’t miss the opportunity to have your specialised project funded for a full 12-months.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has announced the opening of an Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) Readiness Grant round. These grants are to build a robust network of organisations led by people with disability for people with disability. This will assist with the delivery of future ILC funding under the NDIS to empower people with a disability to access their community and achieve their goals.

What Can Your Organisation Apply For This Round?

There are two components for grant applications:

Component 1: Organisational Capacity Building

Component 2: Individual Capacity Building

Organisational Capacity Building activities that may be funded in this grant round are: upskilling training, organisational strategy design, partnership and business case development for revenue generation.

Activities that are expected to be funded are:

  • Peer support groups
  • Mentoring programs (individual or group-based)
  • Skill building programs for self-management and independence
  • Capacity building programs to enable people to speak up for themselves.

Grants are available for 12 months from May/June 2019 with a suggested maximum grant application amount of $118,000. Organisations have three weeks to apply and successful grants will be announced in April 2019.

Is Your Organisation Eligible for an ILC Readiness Grant?

In this grant round, the NDIA is focusing on investment for organisations run by, and for, people with a disability and priority cohort groups.

Disabled Peoples and Families Organisations (DPFO) must apply for both Component 1 and Component 2. DPFOs must have a minimum of 50% of people with a disability and/or their families making up the organisation’s board, staff, volunteers or members.

ILC priority cohort groups can only apply for Component 2 in this round. Priority cohort groups must have a minimum of 50% representation from the following cohorts:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities,
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities,
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex and Plus (LGBTQI+) communities.

Review the guidelines carefully to ensure your organisation is eligible.

How CSIA Can Help Your Organisation Apply for Funding

CSIA CEO Belinda Drew welcomes eligible organisations to approach CSIA for advice and assistance.

“CSIA has a suite of resources, tools and information online as part of the Inclusion Ready Project to help organisations apply for ILC grants and will be useful for these readiness grants,” says Ms Drew. “Developing a full rationale for your project design including how the activities will deliver outcomes, how you evaluate outcomes and how the project will deliver value for money is vital.”

CSIA is here to discuss your organisation’s eligibility and to provide advice on preparing your grant application.

The Inclusion Ready Project includes a self-assessment tool to take you through each step of putting your inclusive project together for your grant application. You can also access resources to boost your application including workshop materials, information about inclusion and its benefits, and how to design outcome frameworks.

All of the resources, tools and information to help with your ILC grant application preparation can be found online at Inclusion Ready.

For advice on your ILC grant application or to chat about your eligibility phone Carol Bunt, CSIA Project Manager, Inclusion Ready Project on 07 3180 1360.

Grant guidelines and supporting documents including a budget template can be found at DSS Community Grants Hub.

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