Grants of up to $10,000 are available to assist disability self-help groups to increase the independence and community participation of people with disabilities.
Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said the Victorian Coalition Government was assisting disability groups by simplifying the application and doubling the funding period for the latest round of Disability Self Help Grants program.
“Grant funding is provided for a variety of practical purposes including general expenses, running costs, and minor works or equipment,” Mr Ryan said.
“These grants provide self-help groups with a great opportunity to access funding to support their members’ activities.
“Self-help groups that focus on supporting their members to participate in their own community and make informed decisions about their lives will be given priority for grants.”
Mr Ryan said Disability Self-Help Grants provided up to $10,000 to assist self-help groups to:
Strengthen the capacity of people with a disability to live independently in their own community and actively participate in community activities;
Support members to make informed decisions about their own lives;
Encourage a network of community peer support and information exchange for people with a disability and their families/carers; and
Increase opportunities for self-help groups to provide information and education on the experiences of people with a disability.
“The grants will now be provided on a two-year basis rather than annually, which means groups don’t have to go through the application process every year,” Mr Ryan said.
“Also, groups that have previously been successful in obtaining grants of less than $2000 will no longer have to itemise their proposed expenditure in their applications.”
Applications close on Friday, 13 December and further information and application forms are available online at www.dhs.vic.gov.au/disabilityselfhelp or by phoning Mr Ryan’s Sale office on 5144 1987.
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