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Community Inclusion

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

Download Community Inclusion FY24 Grant Guidelines

Status: Opens July 17, 2023

Community Inclusion Grant Round

Total Amount Granted: Over $2million since 2014

Total number of grants: 147

Type of Grant Round: Open

Grant Round Dates: Open July 17 to August 11, 2023

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 FY2023

Organisation Project Title
State Schools’ Relief Inc Finding their voice
Playgroup Victoria Inc Open-hearts and open-hands; bringing children with and without disabilities together for play, fun and friendship
All Things Equal Limited 3x Sports Club Canteens Staffed by Persons with Disability
Melbourne Fringe Peer support from people with lived experience of disability for Deaf and Disabled artists at Melbourne Fringe
Flying Fox Services Ltd Expansion of the Shortz Weekend Away Programs from fortnightly to 40 times per year
Bayley House Hidden Disabilities Expansion Project
Melbourne Youth Chorale Inc Flying Free Therapy Choir – Phase 2: Growth
iDareU Limited Inclusive Community Market
Travellers Aid Australia Review and trial experiential disability awareness training to drive social inclusion and participation
Deaf Australia Incorporated Deaf young people nurturing the inclusion of Deaf young people
Grampians Disability Advocacy Association Inc Branching Out – connecting people to community
Disability Resources Centre Inc The Buddy Network
Motor Neurone Disease Association of Victoria Inc Getting out and about

Community Inclusion Recipients FY2022

Organisation Project Title
City in the Community City Powering on Project
Australian Schools Plus Barwon Valley School exercise room upgrade and mentoring program
Arena Theatre Company Journey – an immersive adventure in augmented reality
FLYING FOX SERVICES LIMITED The “Suits Program” for Persons 25+ Years of Age with Disability
Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centre Association Dynamic Disabilities – a Leadership and Social Inclusion Program for People with a range of Disabilities
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute Experts in their own lives: Involving people with cerebral palsy and complex communication needs in CP-Achieve research – a human right and a means for inclusion
Commons Library Ltd Making Advocacy Accessible
Brunswick Neighbourhood House Co-Operative Limited Get Connected and Create
Inclusion Melbourne Include Me!
Jigsaw Group (Aus) Limited Work experience for high school students with disability in Melbourne
Kids Plus Foundation AAConnect
Arts Project Australia Broadening the impact of Satellite Arts
Solve-TAD Limited Freedom Wheels- The Joy of Cycling for People with Disabilities
Footscray Community Arts Centre Memories

Community Inclusion Recipients FY2021

Organisation Project Title
Flying Fox Services Limited Weekly Formal Social Groups .
Guide Dogs Victoria Creation of interactive online community networks for people with low vision or blindness
Reclink Australia Buddy sport and recreation program for people with disabilities
Rollercoaster Theatre Inc Pathways to On Screen Diversity.
Pinarc Disability Support Inc Pinarc Leadership and Advocacy Program
Rawcus Theatre Company Inc Here We Are Amongst You .
Alkira Centre Box Hill Inc Alkira – Community Stories of Belonging, Connecting, and Aspirations .
Port Campbell Surf Lifesaving Club Inc Beach Accessibility – Floating Wheelchair
Soundfair Australia Ltd Storytelling to amplify the silenced voices of people with hearing conditions
Rights Information and Advocacy Centre Inc (RIAC) Gen Z Disability Advisory Panel
Tikkun Olam Makers Melbourne Ltd (TOM: Melbourne) TOM: Melbourne Makeathon
Preston Neighbourhood House Inc. Hospitality All-rounder: Practical Pathways for Youth with Disability
AGAPI Care Inc My culture – My way

Community Inclusion Recipients FY2020

Organisation Project Title
Guide Dogs Victoria Access and inclusion campaign for people with low vision or blindness.
Bellarine Community Health ‘My Story’ a personalised intake for people with intellectual disabilities in Dental services
Footscray Community Arts Centre Creative Access.
Summer Foundation Storytellers with lived experience strengthening opportunities for people with disability to live independently.
Scope Football for All.
Pines Learning Cyber Safety.
Migrant Resource Centre North West Region Inc. Self-Advocacy, your life your way.
The Onemda Association Leaping towards a brighter future.
Inclusion Melbourne Increasing the access, social inclusion and participation of CALD people with intellectual disability.
Arts Centre Melbourne PARKED – Arts Centre Melbourne’s first-ever inclusive arts commission.
Council on the Ageing (Victoria) Assistive Technology For All .

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