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Community Inclusion

Community Inclusion will distribute funds for projects that are encouraging social inclusion and social participation for people with disability.

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of State Trustees Australia Foundation, in FY20 the round distributed approximately $255,000

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Community Inclusion Grant Round

(previously Grassroots)

Type of Grant Round: Open application

Grant Round Dates: Grant round closed

What are the objectives?

To provide opportunities for social inclusion and social participation for people with disability in Victoria. These objectives are informed by guiding principle no. 3 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD): ‘Full and effective participation and inclusion in society’ (CRPD 2007).

Projects may include:

  • Community awareness, education and engagement programs to promote social inclusion and address direct and indirect discrimination
  • Promoting participation in cultural life
  • Programs to support social participation, to reduce social isolation and improve wellbeing and quality of life
  • Provision of workforce and training opportunities

Preference will be given to projects that:

  • Provide an integrated solution to social inclusion and social participation
  • Show social innovation, which can be interpreted as ‘novel solutions to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable, or just than existing solutions’ (Phills, Deiglmeier & Miller 2008).
  • Are from smaller community-led organisations
  • Are Victorian based

We encourage regional, rural, and remote organisations to apply and special consideration will be given for these applications.

Who is eligible to apply?
An eligible entity is endorsed as item 1 Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) and registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), with charity tax concessions.

Community Inclusion Recipients FY2020

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

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