$200k for ageing, disability and mental health support

thumb-staf-support Social inclusion for people marginalised by age, disability and mental illness across Victoria is receiving a boost thanks to State Trustees Australia Foundation’s annual Grassroots Grants.

With a focus on supporting the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the annual grants program is providing more than $200,000 to 22 organisations.

State Trustees Australia Foundation, which is funded through bequests and donations, provides the grants annually.

State Trustees General Manager Client Services, Melanie Lewis, said the priority this year was to support sector reform and strengthen opportunities for people marginalised by age, disability or mental illness to participate in social, economic and family life.

“These initiatives will support marginalised Victorians to exercise choice and control in how they engage with, and how they help inform, the services that support them,” she said.

“The grants are part of State Trustees Australia Foundation’s approach to promoting social participation at a strategic and grassroots level.

“This approach includes the establishment of the Ageing, Disability and Mental Health Collaborative Panel, bringing together peak bodies to engage cross-sector dialogue and identify funding gaps and priorities for the grassroots grants and for larger grant opportunities.”

Celebrating its 20th year, State Trustees Australia Foundation has provided more than $2 million to more than 250 projects through the grants. A further $10 million has also been provided directly to charitable organisations.

More information

State Trustees Australia Foundation

Ageing, Disability and Mental Health Collaborative Panel

2014 STAF Grassroot Grants