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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

Grants will 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. 


Item 1 DGR organisations which are registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission and endorsed with charity tax concessions. 

Past recipients

Total amount granted: Over $2million since 2014

Financial year

FY 24

FY 23

FY 22


Tikkun Olam Makers Melbourne Ltd

Heads Together for ABI Limited

Variety – The Children’s Charity of Victoria

Brainwave Australia Ltd

Blind Sports Victoria Inc

Disability Resources Centre Inc

Flying Fox Services Limited

Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association

The Bridge Incorporated

Kids Plus Foundation

Travellers Aid Australia

Keys of Life Limited

Speak Percussion Inc.

Giant Steps Melbourne Limited

State Schools’ Relief Inc

Playgroup Victoria Inc

All Things Equal Limited

Melbourne Fringe

Flying Fox Services Ltd

Bayley House

Melbourne Youth Chorale Inc

iDareU Limited

Travellers Aid Australia

Deaf Australia Incorporated

Grampians Disability Advocacy Association Inc

Disability Resources Centre Inc

Motor Neurone Disease Association of Victoria Inc

City in the Community

Australian Schools Plus

Arena Theatre Company


Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centre Association

Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Commons Library Ltd

Brunswick Neighbourhood House Co-Operative Limited

Inclusion Melbourne

Jigsaw Group (Aus) Limited

Kids Plus Foundation

Arts Project Australia

Solve-TAD Limited

Footscray Community Arts Centre

Project title

Assistive Technology Products for Inclusion

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

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

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

Fulfilling a vision to bridge the divide in North East Victoria

Belong: Bringing our community together

Tackling the Shortz Waiting List

Super Special Schools Project

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


Companion service regional pilot program (Latrobe Valley)

Social Music Sessions

Amplify: Specialist Schools Music Program

Work Experience Program for Young People on the Autism Spectrum

Finding their voice

Open-hearts and open-hands; bringing children with and without disabilities together for play, fun and friendship

3x Sports Club Canteens Staffed by Persons with Disability

Peer support from people with lived experience of disability for Deaf and Disabled artists at Melbourne Fringe

Expansion of the Shortz Weekend Away Programs from fortnightly to 40 times per year

Hidden Disabilities Expansion Project

Flying Free Therapy Choir – Phase 2: Growth

Inclusive Community Market

Review and trial experiential disability awareness training to drive social inclusion and participation

Deaf young people nurturing the inclusion of Deaf young people

Branching Out – connecting people to community

The Buddy Network

Getting out and about

City Powering on Project

Barwon Valley School exercise room upgrade and mentoring program

Journey – an immersive adventure in augmented reality

The “Suits Program” for Persons 25+ Years of Age with Disability

Dynamic Disabilities – a Leadership and Social Inclusion Program for People with a range of Disabilities

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

Making Advocacy Accessible

Get Connected and Create

Include Me!

Work experience for high school students with disability in Melbourne


Broadening the impact of Satellite Arts

Freedom Wheels- The Joy of Cycling for People with Disabilities


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