26 September 2023

Disability grants to promote inclusion

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A grants program that encourages community groups, volunteer organisations and small businesses to include and engage people with a disability better is open for applications.

Minister for Disability, Children and Youth, Rachel Stephen-Smith said the second round of the Disability Inclusion Grants was part of a four-year, $200,000 program to promote the inclusion of people with a disability by removing hurdles to social participation.

Ms Stephen-Smith said she encouraged potential applicants to talk to people with disability about the barriers to inclusion and the best way of overcoming them.

“Working together we can make Canberra the inclusive capital and I thank the ACT Disability Reference Group for their advice on shaping the Disability Inclusion Grants guidelines to best achieve their aim,” Ms Stephen-Smith said.

Applications for the latest grants close on 2 July.

Meanwhile, Senator for the ACT, Zed Seselja said the Federal Government had allocated $2.7 million to make the ACT more inclusive for people with disability.

“The Government is providing grants for 17 projects through the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building component of the National Disability Insurance Scheme,” Senator Seselja said.

“Funded projects include a project to expand an inclusive playgroup model for children with disability and a series of disability-led interactive theatre workshops to build the capacity of mainstream services to better meet the needs of people with disability.”

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