NDIA open latest ILC grant round

Posted 6 years ago by Andrew Lodiong
Guide dog helping blind man on pedestrian crossing. (Shutterstock)
Guide dog helping blind man on pedestrian crossing. (Shutterstock)

NDIA has opened it’s latest Information, Linkages and Capacity Building grant round which will see a greater share of funding on offer.

Focused on Jurisdictional Grants in New South Wales, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory this round will make $80 million available over a two year period.

Federal Social and Disability Services Assistant Minister Jane Prentice says the ILC grants will fund organisations to carry out activities that improve community inclusion; ensuring people with disability can use and benefit from the same services and community activities as everyone else.

“These grants help organisations to increase the independence, social and community participation of all people with disability,” she says.

“Many of the projects involve engaging with community and mainstream services to design and develop strategies to improve awareness and meet the needs of people with disability.”

Almost $17 million worth of ILC grants have been awarded to 61 organisations across Australia for national readiness and jurisdictional based initiatives in the previous rounds.

Organisations can secure funding to deliver activities to people with disabilities and their families across the four activity areas of the ILC policy.

The areas include information, linkages and referrals, capacity building for mainstream services, community awareness and capacity building and individual capacity building.

“A wonderful example of how ILC is helping to improve the independence of those with low vision or blindness is the beacon navigation trial being conducted by Guide Dogs Victoria, in collaboration with the City of Melbourne, Public Transport Victoria and Metro,” Assistant Minister Prentice says.

“This trial demonstrates how the NDIS can support people with disability who are participating in the Scheme as well as those who are not and how the learnings from this trial could be used in other jurisdictions or locations, like shopping centres.”

The ILC Jurisdictional Based Grants are an open competitive process that closes on Thursday, 30 November.