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$255,000 Community Inclusion grant round announced

State Trustees Australia Foundation allocates $255,000 to build social inclusion and participation for people with disability

State Trustees Australia Foundation has allocated more than a quarter of a million dollars in grant funding to eleven charities as part of the 2020 Community Inclusion grant round announced today.

Guide Dogs Victoria, the Arts Centre, Council on the Ageing Victoria and Scope were among the eleven successful charities.

Projects funded under this round range from Guide Dogs Victoria advocating for the rights of people with low vision or blindness, to increasing dental treatments for people with intellectual disabilities at Bellarine Community Health.

Many of the projects incorporate the voice of lived experience in delivery or design, such as storytelling or support for self-advocacy.

The grants are possible due to the generosity of community members who have made a donation or bequest to the foundation. This grant round builds on the $26 million distributed to charities by State Trustees Australia Foundation over the past 25 years.

“State Trustees believes in the right for people with disability to have full and effective inclusion in society. These grants will enable integrated solutions for social participation and inclusion for people with disability.”

“Helping people with disability access employment, sporting activities or participate in the arts will deepen their inclusion in the community.”

“These grant rounds are possible thanks to the individuals and families who donated to the Foundation during their lifetime or as a gift in their will as well as generous company donations.” said State Trustees CEO Matt Carrick.


Eleven charities share in $255,570 in funding as part of the 2020 State Trustees Australia Foundation Community Inclusion grant round.


Organisation Project Title Amount
Guide Dogs Victoria Guide Dogs Victoria will lead a national social media campaign to raise awareness of access rights and issues faced by people living with low vision or blindness. $25,000
Bellarine Community Health Bellarine Community Health Dental Services will expand its innovative autism-friendly dental service to cater for individuals with other intellectual disabilities such as Down Syndrome, developmental delay, Williams Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome and Prader Willi Syndrome. $24,536
Footscray Community Arts Centre Creative Access is an innovative accessible digital and print campaign that will be created by artists with disability to promote arts and cultural experiences in Melbourne’s West to the disability community. $20,000
Summer Foundation The Summer Foundation will develop a series of stories that share insights of people with disability achieving more independent living to help people with disability and their families understand what is possible. $25,000
Scope Scope will expand the highly successful Balloon Football League, a modified wheelchair-based version of AFL. $25,000
Pines Learning Pines Learning will deliver cyber safety workshops to adults with medium to high functioning intellectual disabilities who are currently using a mobile phone and the social media platform Facebook. $12,900
Migrant Resource Centre North West Region Inc. Migrant Resource Centre North West Region Inc. will run four support groups, one of each in Shepparton, Dandenong, Broadmeadows and Bendigo to talk about disability, human rights, and self-determination for culturally and linguistically diverse people with disability. $25,000
The Onemda Association Onemda will establish its successful LEAP program in Wyndham, Moreland & Hume Councils. LEAP provides young people with disabilities with opportunities for career development, work readiness skills and work experience, bridging the gap between schooling and working life. $23,934
Inclusion Melbourne Inclusion Melbourne will run workshops and produce printed and multimedia resources to help the Vietnamese community in Melbourne’s west understand, navigate, and advocate for their family member within the disability sector. $23,900
Arts Centre Melbourne The grant will help develop PARKED, a tourable new Australian work specifically for children with autism and multiple, complex disabilities. Funding will enable Oily Cart (UK), an internationally recognised leader in inclusive theatre for children with profound and multiple disabilities, to come to Australia for a weeklong residency in a Melbourne specialist school to help develop PARKED. $25,000
Council on the Ageing (Victoria) COTA Victoria, including Seniors Rights Victoria will campaign to help secure equitable access to life changing Assistive Technology (AT) for people not covered by the NDIS. $25,000

Read more about the 2020 Community Inclusion grant round and the State Trustees Australia Foundation.

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