What is ILC Individual Capacity Building Program?

The ILC Individual Capacity Building (ICB) Program is an initiative that will provide people with disability the skills and confidence to participate and contribute to the community and protect their rights. The ICB Program will achieve this by enabling systematic access to peer support, mentoring and other skills building for people with disability, carers and families, to develop their individual capacity. This could include activities that empower a person to be independent and to engage in social, economic and community life.



The objective of the Individual Capacity Building (ICB) Program is to enable systematic, nationwide access to peer support, mentoring and other skills building for people with disability, carers and families, primarily delivered through a national network of Disabled Peoples Organisations / Families Organisations (DPO/FOs) and Priority Cohort Led (PCL) Organisations.



A total of $100 million (GST Excl.) or $110 million (GST Incl.) is available for up to three years for this Individual Capacity Building Grant Opportunity.


Eligible Activities

The grant opportunity will fund activities that align with the following two activity types:

Activity type 1: Individual Capacity Building, which are activities that build the capacity of people with disability by ensuring that they have the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to set and achieve their goals. Types of individual capacity building activities that this grant round will fund include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Peer-led support groups for people with disability – which could involve developing and running new or existing peer-to-peer programs, including peer groups in-person, online, and/or via phone/teleconference for people with disability.
  • Peer-led support groups for parents, carers and siblings of people with disability – this includes developing and running new or existing peer-to-peer programs, including peer groups in-person, online, or via phone/teleconference. The purpose of these activities is to enable these people to reach their own potential and gain skills and knowledge so as to be effectively contribute to the wellbeing and increased capacity of the people with disability in their lives.
  • Capacity building activities that enable people to speak up for themselves – which could involve delivering a peer training program that enables people with disability to build their capacity to voice their concerns, access information or resolve issues.
  • Leadership and professional development activities (individual or group based) – which could involve developing and delivering programs for mentoring or building individual capacity in engaging with, shaping and leading in civic and community life.
  • Skill building activities relevant to the NDIS environment – led by people with disability including:
    • Self-management of plans and supports (e.g. peer-mentors for service navigation, peer-led capacity building for self-management of plans)
    • Improving awareness of quality service provision and supporting people to check and report on the quality of services
    • Building autonomy over one’s life including developing and enjoying choice making and pursuit of active citizenship
    • Building connection to community (both place based and communities of interest) through improved understanding and development of knowledge and skills in the following areas: respectful relationships, social connectedness, circles of support, microboards, communication accessibility, volunteerism or development of other personal skills in this area.
  • Other activities to develop the capacity of individuals with disability – which could involve the establishment or piloting new or innovative supports or services led by people with disability, for people with disability. This may include capacity building activities that provides skills and knowledge to people with disability and their families / carers in areas such as evidence based support practices, self-management, supportive decision making, establishing and maintaining circles of support, innovative living options, or inclusive work practices
  • Scaling and extending previously ILC funded individual capacity building activity – where these activities have been evaluated and can demonstrate effective outcomes for people with disability.

Activity type 2: Organisational Capacity Building, which are activities that improve the ability of Disabled Peoples Organisations and Families Organisations (DPO/FOs) to deliver their organisational purpose and to deliver ILC in the community.

Types of organisational capacity building activities eligible under this grant include, but are not limited to:

  • Upskilling, training or developing existing or potential staff, volunteers or committee/board members to improve their leadership, skills and capability (e.g. leadership training for staff, board members and/or volunteers with disability);
  • Developing and delivering strategies and activities to strengthen the involvement of people with disability and/or families and carers in organisational decision making(e.g. recruiting and supporting staff and/or volunteers with disability, or supporting leaders with disability to operate effectively on boards and management committees);
  • Developing and delivering strategies and activities to support knowledge and skill transfer between board members with and without disability;
  • Establishing and maintaining partnerships to collaborate with other organisations (e.g. developing formal or informal cooperative agreements to share resources or partner in program delivery);
  • Improving organisational systems or processes to deliver organisational efficiencies (e.g. purchasing and installing a new member communication system);
  • Strengthening the quality of organisational activities (e.g. commissioning a risk management framework);
  • Developing and implementing strategies to upskill the organisation (or parts of organisation) to better function;
  • Developing organisational strategy and future outlook (e.g. conducting needs analysis to better understand emerging priorities of constituent group); and/or
  • Scoping and developing a business case for revenue generating services that lead towards financial independence (e.g. developing a new social enterprise).

NOTE: Organisations that meet the DPO/FOs criteria can also apply for funding for organisational capacity development (OCB) activities.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible to apply organisations must meet the eligibility criteria, as noted below and outlined in the Grant Opportunity Guidelines.

1. Disabled Peoples Organisations and Family Organisations (DPO/FOs) with paid staff and a Board, who meet both of the eligibility criteria outlined below:

  • Actively evidence and demonstrate their commitment to the Social Model of Disability, which seeks to remove barriers for people with disability to access mainstream services and live an ordinary life; and
  • Are run by and for people with disability and/or their families which is supported by evidence of a minimum of 50% of people with a disability and/or their families making up the organisation’s board or staff (or both).

(DPO/FOs who do not have paid staff can also apply. Eligibility criteria for these organisations is outlined in the Grant Opportunity Guidelines.)

2. Priority Cohort Led Organisations (PCLs) – these organisations must have a minimum of 50% representation of the relevant cohort group on their board or staff and represent one or more of the following cohorts:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities; and/or organisations registered with the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC); and/or
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities; and/or
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer/Questioning, Asexual and Plus Cohort (LGBTIQA+).



Applications close 30 September 2019.


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