Fundability 2018 Supports Inclusive Projects

Have you got an idea for a project that will create a more inclusive society for people with disability? Make your idea a reality with Fundability 2018. Applications will be open from Monday 19 March 2018 to Tuesday 24 April 2018.

Fundability 2018 is the last year of this great inclusion project which endeavours to make communities more inclusive for people with disability by providing one-off grants to families, communities, organisations, services and businesses across NSW. This year the focus is on projects that promote inclusion for adults with disability aged 18 to 64.

To apply visit

2018 National NAIDOC Theme – Because Of Her, We Can! Commonwealth Funding Round Opens

The Commonwealth Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet (PMC) NAIDOC local grant funding round opened on Monday 5 March at 11.00am ADST. The round will close on Tuesday 3 April at 5.00pm EST.

How To Apply

You will need to apply for funding through a separate NAIDOC grants funding round run through the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. There will be an application kit which includes guidelines and an electronic application form which you will need to complete. These can be found on the Departments website

It is important that you carefully read the Application kit before applying. If you have trouble with the Application Form, some handy tips and hints will also be available on the Departments website. If you are still experiencing difficulties, you can email [email protected], or contact your local Regional Offices  for assistance (Lismore Office – 02-6627 5401) or (Coffs Harbour 1800 079 098)

The Department expects to notify all applicants of the outcome during May 2018. Successful organisations should have staff available from late May to accept agreements.

For more information visit the Department’s website at

NAIDOC week 2018 (8-15 July)




Free Grant Seeker Workshop for Flood Recovery

Participants are invited to a Free Grant Seeker Workshop hosted by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) to support communities affected in 2017 by Tropical Cyclone Debbie. The upcoming Repair Restore Renew 2017 grant program will be open to community organisations the New South Wales Shires of Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley, Tenterfield, Tweed and include the Queensland Shires of Gold Coast, Logan and Scenic Rim.

This grant program aims to be collaborative, flexible and responsive to support recovery from the impacts of TC Debbie in rural and regional communities, to increase the resilience and capacity of community groups, and create new opportunities for partnership, enterprise and leadership. This program is generously supported by Australia Post, ANZ and numerous private donors.

The workshop will provide information on the Repair Restore Renew 2017 (RRR 2017) grant program and guidance on how to write great grant applications. FRRR assess hundreds of grant applications every year for locally-led rural and regional community projects, and will be sharing our insights and advice on what you can do to make yours stand out from the pile.

FRRR will host two workshops in the area – Lismore and Mullumbimby – please RSVP to the workshop that best suits you through the links below.

  • DATE: Wednesday 14th March 2018
  • TIME: 10am – 11.30am (Morning Tea provided)
  • LOCATION: Lismore City Hall, Fountain Room – 1 Bounty Street, Lismore, NSW

Please visit this page to RSVP your attendance to the Lismore workshop

  • DATE: Tuesday 13th March 2018
  • TIME: 6pm – 7.30pm (Light Supper provided)
  • LOCATION: Mullumbimby District Neighbourhood Centre, 55 Dalley St, Mullumbimby, NSW

Please visit this page to RSVP your attendance to the Mullumbimby workshop

For more information, contact via email [email protected] or phone 1800 170 020.

Progress Labs: Social Advocacy Incubator

ACOSS has partnered with Australian Progress to create Progress Labs, a project seeking to support the leadership and voices of those who are directly impacted most by policy change. Incubated projects supported by Progress Labs will inject fresh energy into the debates on income support, education, affordable housing, mental health and wellbeing, and more.

The ‘pitch night’ for Progress Labs that took place on Wednesday 21 February was a great success. The inaugural cohort for Progress Labs 2018 has now been announced.

The program seeks out energetic social leaders with a vision to create a movement to engage and mobilise Australians around a cause or identity. 

Progress Labs is Australia’s dedicated social movement incubator, finding funding for innovative new advocacy projects. The program will support 6-12 new initiatives per year in 2018 and 2019.

Read more about “Pitch nights” for Progress Labs


Try, Test & Learn Fund: Tranche 2

The Try, Test and Learn Fund Tranche 2 will finance small-scale trials of new or innovative approaches to support people at risk of long term welfare dependence. Closing date: 28 September 2018, 2.00pm.

Tranche 2 has four priority groups but also welcomes ideas to support other groups proposed (and appropriately justified) by applicants.

The priority groups comprise Newstart Allowance recipients aged 50 and over (with a focus on those who have been out of the workforce for longer than 12 months); migrants and refugees aged 16-64 and receiving income support; carers aged 16-64 and receiving Carer Payment; and at-risk young people aged 16-21 and receiving income support.

This grant opportunity invites applications for small scale trials to provide services or supports to improve workforce participation or capacity to work for people at risk of long term welfare dependency. These services can be delivered anywhere across Australia. Tranche 2 grants will provide funding for both the co-development and delivery of projects. Co-development refers to collaborative activities to refine project design, for example through workshops with end users.

More information and to apply


National Disability Conference Initiative

The Australian Government is inviting applications for the Disability, Mental Health and Carers Program – Disability and Carer Support – National Disability Conference Initiative. The initiative provides funding of up to $10,000 to conference organisers for disability-related conferences with a national focus planned for the 2018-19 year. Closing date: 20 March 2018, 2.00pm.

The funding is to:

  • assist people with disability with the costs of attending conferences, (for example, conference fees, accommodation, travel for domestic participants); and/or
  • assist family members or carers providing support to a person with disability attending a conference (for example with costs associated with conference fees, accommodation, travel for domestic participants); and/or
  • facilitate access so that people with disability can participate in conferences (for example, by funding accessible materials, Auslan interpreters, assistive computer devices or software, aids or appliances or other costs of ensuring venue accessibility).


  • Indigenous Corporation
  • Company
  • Incorporated Association
  • Cooperative
  • Partnership
  • Statutory Entity
  • Trustees on behalf of a Trust

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