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
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:
We’ve listed these below for easy reference but you can find more information.
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.
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.
Work your way through the ILC Toolkit to:
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.
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.
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:
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:
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:
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.