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Ageing, Mental Health, and Disability

This is our flagship focus area, which aims to assist those disadvantaged by ageing, disability and mental health. It is comprised of two funding rounds: Community Inclusion and Strategic.

Our guiding principles are to help the vulnerable, and address systemic issues.

Our strategic goals are to:

  • Empower people with disabilities
  • Promote positive emotional wellbeing and mental health in our community
  • Help people age well, including fighting ageism

Community Inclusion (previously Grassroots)

Type of Grant Round: Open application

Grant Round Dates: This round is currently closed

What are the objectives?

Applications must help those disadvantaged by ageing, disability and mental health through social inclusion and social participation. This includes:

  • Community awareness, education and engagement programs to promote social inclusion and address direct and indirect discrimination
  • Programs to support carers to look after themselves and those that they care for

We have a preference for projects that:

  • provide an integrated solution to social inclusion and social participation
  • have a lasting impact
  • fund smaller community-led organisations
  • are used for pilots, one-offs, new and emerging ideas
  • are Victorian based

FY2019 Recipients

Organisation Title Amount
Link Community Transport Education pathways to employment $20,000
Royal District Nursing Service trading as Bolton Clarke Low impact assistance tools to support the independence of older adults $12,860
Inclusion Melbourne Circles of Support and Microboards COSAM – Capacity Building Project $19,864
OC Connections Enterprise Waterless Car Wash System $20,000
Travellers Aid Australia Transport transition program for older drivers $20,000
Disability Resources Centre Accessible Public Transport Campaign $20,000
Community Living & Respite Services Recyclability Upcycled $20,000
National Ageing Research Institute The ENJOY trial – Exercise interveNtion outdoor proJect in the cOmmunitY: engagement and empowerment of older people $19,533
Blind Sports Australia Building Pathways for Blind and Visually Impaired people to engage in sport $17,028
The First Step Program Limited ADHD and Methamphetamine Study $19,448
Tweedle Child and Family Health Service Sleep Play Bond – Infant Mental Health Education Series $20,000
Sacred Heart Mission Taking Sacred Heart Local’s 5 Minute Volunteers to the next level $14,151
Total $222,884


Download Ageing, Mental Health, and Disability Grant Guidelines


Total amount granted: $1.23M since 2013

Total number of grants: 12

Type of Grant Round: By invitation only

What are the objectives?

  • Cross-sector collaboration
  • Strategic projects
  • Sector based capacity building/service system strengthening
  • Organisational capacity building
  • Programs to support people to understand and navigate and influence the service system

Strategic funding is at present wholly allocated to the Ageing, Disability and Mental Health (ADMH) Collaborative Panel (Panel), and projects initiated by ADMH Panel members.

The key aims of the ADMH Panel are to:

  • Provide a forum through which to identify, discuss and profile emerging opportunities, challenges, and issues associated with the move to a market-based, consumer-led service system in line with recent reforms to the ageing, disability and mental health sectors and the introduction of the NDIS
  • Develop a strategic project agenda to respond to the emerging opportunities, challenges, and issues associated with the transition identified by the panel and
  • Disseminate information and innovative practice to support cross-sector reform to individuals, service and sector organisations, philanthropic organisations and government stakeholders.

Projects funded to date:

Lead Organisation
Project Title
Mental Health Victoria Helping Organisations (Re)Position for the Future
Mental Health Victoria Building service providers’ understanding of the changing policy (market) environment factsheets
NDS Provide backbone infrastructure to support the set up and operation of regional networks (or communities of practice)
AFDO Prepare and share a series of case studies to demonstrate how good practice service delivery models can be delivered
COTA Establish a collaborative project to explore how communities can best manage the pending changes in HACC service deliver
Carers Victoria Develop and disseminate a future shaping toolkit
Mental Health Victoria Support the adoption of consumer directed care based work practices
NDS Building communities of practice to support service system development
AFDO Sharing best practice models of consumer led service delivery
Carers Victoria Supporting cross-sector learning and development
Mental Health Victoria Promoting the exercise of consumer choice and control
COTA Consumer Perspective Project

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