NDIS national grant program now open

ORGANISATIONS seeking to increase inclusion and support people with disability are invited to apply for a national grant program.

As part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) National Readiness Grants are designed to make the community more accessible and help increase the independence, social and community participation of people with a disability.

The Hon Jane Prentice, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services, said the grant round is an open, competitive process, available to all eligible organisations.

"ILC is an important part of the government's commitment to improving outcomes for all people with disability, not just NDIS participants,” Mrs Prentice said.

"The first round of the National Readiness Grants, worth $14 million, was provided to 39 projects in organisations to connect people with disability to their communities.

"ILC grants have been awarded across a great spread of projects spanning education, employment, social participation, cultural awareness, sport and health.

"The ILC National Readiness Grants have led to organisations like Deakin University expanding their ground-breaking ALLPlay program, providing opportunities for children to join in on sport and dance and creating a positive impact on physical and social development.

"The Sydney Region Aboriginal Corporation's Aboriginal Aunts and Uncles project has also received grant funding to provide mentoring, participation and connection to community services for young Aboriginal people with disability in Sydney's West,” Mrs Prentice said.

The grant round closes at 2pm on Friday, September 29.

Further information about the grant rounds is available on the DSS Community Grants Hub website.

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