National Information Program 2019-2022 grant round

Up to $51 million is available in the first funding round of the new ILC Strategy Towards 2022.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has strengthened the Information Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) component of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) with the new ILC Strategy Towards 2022.

The Strategy realigns the ILC program to focus on a broader mix of funding models, the scalability of programs and increased evaluation to ensure ILC delivers on its purpose — more people with a disability contributing to actively leading, shaping and influencing their community.

The National Information Program (NIP) is the first funding round from the strategy. It aims to increase the accessibility, quality and consistency of information about disability types, current services and support options available to people with a disability, carers and families.

The CSIA Inclusion Ready team takes a deep dive into the NIP grant round and what it means for your organisation.

What You Need to Know 

  • The NIP is open to a wide range of organisations who work with or have an interest in people with disability
  • There is up to $51 million available for the financial year period 2019-20 through to 2021-22
  • You can apply for grants starting at $300,000, with no upper limit, across the period 2019 to 2022
  • Submissions close at 11:00pm (AEST) Friday 10 May 2019.

What You Can Apply For 

The NIP aims to improve the capacity of people with disability to exercise choice and control and to enhance the ability of relevant supports and services to respond to the needs and expectations of people with disability.

If your organisation has information that improves the lives of people with disability it’s worth taking the time to develop an application. Examples of information may include:

  • Up to date, high quality information about specific disability types, functional impacts, supports and services available for individuals with disability, their families and carers which will increase their ability to exercise choice and control
  • Information about disability that is relevant for mainstream organisations and service systems and increase the ability of organisations and services to be relevant and responsive
  • Information which meets the needs of specific cohorts including Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (A&TSI) communities, LGBTQI+ communities, and communities living in rural and remote areas.

The information products that result from NIP funding will be collated into a consolidated, national platform of resources.

Ensuring your information has a national reach will give your application greater chance of success. Even if your organisation is small or state-based the NDIA encourages innovative solutions through collaboration and partnering between networks of localised organisations.

Evaluation is Critical

Evaluation of your project is vital to receiving funding payments over the three years. CSIA is here to help, with resources and workshops available throughout the coming months. Resources to guide you in the development and commissioning of an independent project evaluation framework will be available shortly, but in the meantime the Inclusion Ready ILC Information Workshops have proved to be a great starting place for many organisations considering an ILC grant application, with evaluation tips and tricks included as part of the day. Inclusion Ready recommends and uses independent evaluators accredited with the Australian Evaluation Society.

More information about making a submission and guidelines can be found here.