Community grants available for people with disability and carers

The Melbourne Disability Institute (MDI) is committed to supporting disability research at community organisations that can demonstrate significant impact on the wellbeing of people with disability, their families and carers. Through community grants the MDI seeks to encourage and support the evaluation of innovative ideas and research in the broader disability community.

The Community Grants scheme provides funding for up to $5,000 for projects run by community-based organisations that build social capital and improve lives of people with disability, their families or carers.

The Community Grants are intended to be flexible and can be tailored to best suit the needs of the project. Possible examples may involve evaluation of a program, piloting a new idea, service or concept, responding to community issues, encouraging participation and inclusion or facilitating innovation. Please note the purpose of Community Grants is not to evaluate core business or service; rather to build social capital, to share practices and to replicate or scale up ideas.

More more information

Please contact Tessa de Vries, MDI Executive Officer to discuss your idea and see how a Community Grant could be shaped to meet your needs, and to request an application form. Tessa.devries@unimelb.edu.au or phone 03 8344 2813. 

Applications for Community Grants are accepted and reviewed quarterly; with 2019 closing dates of 1 February, 10 May, 2 August and 1 November.

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