Community Inclusion

The Community Inclusion grant program distributes funds for projects that encourage social inclusion and social participation for people with disabilities.

Key Dates

Grant round opens July / Aug 2024

Status: Closed

Granting overview

Available Funding: $250,000 each year via individual one-year grants of up to $20,000 

Application process: Via SmartyGrants (advertised)

Program objectives

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. 


Past recipients

Financial year


Project title

FY 24

Tikkun Olam Makers Melbourne Ltd

Assistive Technology Products for Inclusion

Heads Together for ABI Limited

Transforming Communities Together – Connecting regional families impacted by acquired brain injury

Variety – The Children’s Charity of Victoria

Bendigo Ball Court Area – Delivering a paediatric rehabilitation play space to regions

Brainwave Australia Ltd

Brainwave Bikes – Transitions to employment for young people living with disabilities

Blind Sports Victoria Inc

Fulfilling a vision to bridge the divide in North East Victoria

Disability Resources Centre Inc

Belong: Bringing our community together

Flying Fox Services Limited

Tackling the Shortz Waiting List

Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association

Super Special Schools Project

The Bridge Incorporated

Next Step to Inclusion & Freedom: Online Driver Education for Enhanced Mobility & Inclusion

Kids Plus Foundation


Travellers Aid Australia

Companion service regional pilot program (Latrobe Valley)

Keys of Life Limited

Social Music Sessions

Speak Percussion Inc.

Amplify: Specialist Schools Music Program

Giant Steps Melbourne Limited

Work Experience Program for Young People on the Autism Spectrum

FY 23

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

FY 22

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


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


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


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