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National Disability Conference Initiative (NDIC)

Up to $10,000 is available from NDIC to support national and international disability focused conferences around Australia.

   National Disability Conference Initiative (NDIC)

National Disability Conference Initiative (NDIC)

The National Disability Conference Initiative (NDCI) is provided under the Disability and Carer Support Activity.  The NDCI aims to assist conference organisers to maximise the inclusion and participation of people with disability at nationally focused disability-related conferences in Australia.  The funding can be used for a range of assistance types such as accessible materials, live captioning service loops, conference fees etc.

 

Background

The National Disability Conference Initiative (NDCI) has been administered by FaHCSIA since 1999. Funding is provided each year to assist people with disability to attend disability conferences with a national focus held in Australia.

The Australian Government helps to support people with disability, their families and carers, through programs and services, benefits and payments. The Services and Support for People with Disability Program provides support to people with disability, their families and carers, through grants and funding to organisations that deliver services for people with disability.

Under Services for People with Disability, the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) funds a number of services for people with disability and their carers, including supported employment services, advocacy, a national booking service for Auslan interpreting services, print disability services, support services for children with Autism  Spectrum Disorder and their families, support services for children with Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, cerebral palsy, moderate or greater vision or hearing impairments, respite services, accessible communities and supported accommodation for people with disability.

FaHCSIA is also working closely with the state and territory governments on 10 key priority areas under the National Disability Agreement.

 

Objectives

The National Disability Conference Initiative (NDIC) aims to assist eligible conference organisers to support the inclusion and maximise the participation of people with disability (including family members or carer(s) supporting them) at nationally focused disability conferences in Australia.

Disability and Carers aims to provide an adequate standard of living, improved capacity to participate economically and socially and manage life transitions for people with disability and/or mental illness and carers through payments, concessions support and care services.

The Services and Support for People with Disability program aims to provide access to improve access to information, advocacy and services for people with disability so they can develop their capabilities and actively participate in community and economic life.

Services for People with Disability

To provide social support and community-based care for people with disability, their carers and their families, to promote independence, self-reliance and participation in the community.

Services for People with Disability (Special Account)

The purpose of the Services for People with Disability (Special Account) is to manage receipts and expenses on projects which relate to the National Disability Agreement.

 

Eligible Projects

Eligible organisations may apply for NDIC funding for disability-related conferences with a national focus planned for 2017-18 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).

 

Eligible Applicants

To satisfy eligibility requirements, applicants to the National Disability Conference Initiative (NDIC) 2017-18 must fall into one of the following categories:

    • Incorporated Associations (incorporated under State/Territory legislation, commonly have ‘Association’ or ‘Incorporated’ or ‘Inc.’ in their legal name);
    • Incorporated Cooperatives (also incorporated under State/Territory legislation, commonly have ‘Cooperative’ in their legal name);
    • Companies (incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 (may be a proprietary company (limited by shares or by guarantee) or a public company);
    • Aboriginal Corporations (incorporated under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006);
    • Organisations established through a specific piece of Commonwealth or state/territory legislation (public benevolent institutions, churches, universities, unions etc.);
    • Partnerships; and
    • Trustees on behalf of a Trust.

 

Funding

Total funding of $315,000 is available under the National Disability Conference Initiative for conferences held between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018. Within this funding, up to $10,000 is available for each conference.

 

Timing

Applications close 14 March 2017.

The question period is due to close 7 March 2017 and any questions regarding this funding round will not be accepted after this time and date.

 

Expert Assistance

Writing a good quality grant application is a critical element in the application process. An application needs to be well thought through, written concisely, have clear objectives and purpose, and show clear links to the objectives of the grant guidelines.

The grant application must answer all questions, provide all required information and respond to the merit criteria. It should also reflect your organisation’s business strategy.

Writing a good application takes time and effort, and requires particular writing skills.

Bulletpoint are expert grant consultants and can assist with all aspects of grant preparation.

Call us on (03) 9005 6789 or email to discuss further.

We have significant experience in applying for grants. Typical areas where we can be of assistance include:

    • Demonstrating the identified need;
    • Highlighting the relevance to current government policies and priorities;
    • Complete the Project Plan and Budget Projections;
    • Identify Outcomes that are measurable;
    • Detail the applicant organisation’s experience or expertise in undertaking the project/s;
    • Calculating the value for money; and
    • Demonstrating capacity to deliver quality outcomes

 

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