ILC Economic Participation of People with Disability Grant

Up to $19.9M is available from the ILC Economic Participation of People with Disability Grant to improve the economic participation of people with disability across Australia.


ILC Economic Participation of People with Disability Grant

The ILC Economic Participation of People with Disability Grant funds projects to build capacity to improve economic participation, including employment opportunities for people with disability across Australia.

This grant opportunity contributes to the National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA) Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) which funds innovative ways to increase the independence, social and community participation of people with a disability.



The objective of the ILC Economic Participation of People with Disability Grant is to improve the economic participation of people with disability across Australia.

Studies show that people with disability are considerably under-represented in the Australian labour market, are less likely than those without disability to be employed full-time and typically face longer periods of unemployment. While there are many complex factors underpinning this, previous studies have outlined a series of persistent and prevalent barriers deterring many employers from employing people with disability.

The government recently announced the establishment of a Participant Employment Taskforce for the NDIS and it is envisaged that this Economic Participation of People with Disability Grant Round will support the expected Taskforce outcomes by focusing on building employer demand with community awareness, engagement and training to increase the employment of people with disability.



For this grant opportunity up to $19.9 million (GST incl.) ($18.09 million GST excl.) is available in 2019-20.  There is no maximum or minimum limit on the amount that can be applied for.

The maximum grant period is one year. You must complete your project within 12 months, likely commencing from July 2019.


Eligible Projects

The grant round invites applications that:

  • Build the capacity of people with disability to be active in the economy, particularly through employment.
  • Support employers to enhance their knowledge and capabilities to employ people with disability.

Proposals may complement or build on existing initiatives but cannot overlap.

Eligible grant activities could include:

  • Capacity Building for Employers – build the capacity of workplaces to attract, employ and retain people with disability.
  • Pathways to Employment – projects that build employable skills of people with disability in workplace settings.
  • Fostering Entrepreneurship – projects that build capability for people with disability to develop and maintain successful self-employment.
  • Other – other innovative projects to increase employment of people with disability.


Eligible Applicants

The NDIA can only provide funding to an organisation that is a legal entity. Lead organisations of a consortium, Auspicor and Trustee must also be an eligible entity type.

To be eligible you must be one of the following entity types:

  • Incorporated Association
  • Cooperative
  • Statutory Entity
  • Partnership
  • Trustee on behalf of a Trust
  • Non-corporate Commonwealth Entity
  • Corporate Commonwealth Entity
  • Non-corporate Commonwealth Statutory Authority
  • Commonwealth Company
  • Non-corporate State or Territory Entity
  • Corporate State or Territory Entity
  • Non-corporate State or Territory Statutory Authority
  • Local Government
  • Company
  • Indigenous Corporation
  • Unincorporated Association

The ILC Economic Participation of People with Disability Grant  can only accept applications from applicants that:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) or be willing to obtain one prior to the execution of the grant agreement
  • are registered, or willing to register for the purposes of GST if their income turnover, as a result of a successful grant, will exceed the thresholds defined by the Australia Tax Office
  • have an account with an Australian financial institution
  • All applicants must have Public Liability Insurance coverage for the duration of the project.
    [Note: applicants may be asked for a copy of their Public Liability Insurance].



Applications close 13 March 2019.


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