Up to $51M is available through the ILC National Information Program to increase the accessibility, quality and consistency of information available to people with disability.
ILC National Information Program Funding Round 2019-2022
The National Information Program will contribute to increasing the accessibility, quality and consistency of information available to people with disability, families, carers and relevant supports and services. It aims to both improve the capacity of people with disability to exercise choice and control and to enhance the ability of relevant supports and services to respond to the needs and expectations of people with disability.
The National Information Program will commission information products and activities that complement, but do not duplicate the various information already provided by the NDIA, either directly or through its Partners in the Community. This funding round will target diagnostic-specific disability organisations and peak bodies with credibility and reach. The intention is that products commissioned through this program will be collated into a consolidated, national platform of information resources. These resources will be actively disseminated through grant-funded organisations and the NDIA’s Local Area Coordinator and Early Childhood Early Intervention networks. The final year of the multi-year grants will require grant recipients to participate in the establishment of the platform.
As this is a national grant round, applications should focus on the delivery of information at a national level rather than at a state level. However, projects can be delivered by state based and/or smaller organisations but we encourage innovative options that support collaboration and partnering between networks of localised organisations and consideration of how to ensure national reach & dissemination of all information resources developed.
This funding round invites applications that seek to meet one or more of the following aims:
- Deliver up to date, high quality information in a variety of products about specific disability types, functional impacts, supports and services available for individuals with disability, their families and carers which will increase individuals’ ability to exercise choice and control.
- Provide information about disability that is relevant for mainstream organisations and service systems and increase the ability of organisations and services to be relevant and responsive.
- Develop and disseminate information, which meets the needs of specific cohorts including Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (A&TSI) communities, LGBTQI+ communities, and communities living in rural and remote areas.
Specific outcomes for the National Information Program include:
- Increased access to high quality, accessible, relevant and easy to understand information.
- Improved knowledge about disability and/or where to find support from mainstream and community services.
- Increased effectiveness of referrals resulting in a connection with mainstream and community services.
- Increased use of information to make decisions to shape and plan an ordinary life.
Up to $51 million (GST excl.) is available for the period FY2019-20 through to FY 2021-22 for the National Information Program.
Organisations are encouraged to apply for grants of an amount over $300,000 (GST Excl) over 3 years. Grants of less than $300,000 may not be considered. There is no upper limit for the amount of funding that can be applied for in this grant round, however, value for money will be a key consideration during the assessment process.
The grant duration cannot exceed 3 years and grants will likely commence from August/September 2019.
For the National Information Program applicants can apply to deliver information resource/s in two ways:
- Information resources in a particular product.
- Information resources as an activity.
An applicant’s project must deliver information resources to at least one of the three identified target groups below. Applications for the development of information resources for specific cohorts (Target Group 3) must be led by, or partnered with, an organisation that specialises in the support of the relevant specific cohort. Such an organisation will typically be governed and staffed by members of that community and provide services solely to members of that community.
- Target Group 1. Development of information resources for people with disability, their families and carers
- Target Group 2. Development of information resources for mainstream organisations and service systems
- Target Group 3. Development of information resources for specific cohorts – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (A&TSI), Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD), LGBTQI+, rural and remote communities.
Detailed information about the target groups is available at 5.1.2 of the Guidelines
Eligible grant activities include, but are not limited to development of the following information resources classified into information product/s or information activity/activities. Information resources will need to be developed and disseminated to one or more of the target groups identified above. Innovative approaches to delivery of information resources and types of information resources is encouraged, particularly through the use of technology.
Examples of information products that could be funded include, but are not limited to:
- digital products including:
- Digital products* (one way) websites, online toolkits, guides, apps, online clearinghouse, webinars, library, database, guide, mapping services, guides, flyers, brochures etc.)
- Digital products (two way/interactive) for example, email, Social media, chatbots, interactive or online hub or portal.
- audio and video products (podcasts, radio programs, instructional, information or human interest story videos)
- hard copy information/collateral/products* (guides, toolkits, flyers, brochures, diagnosis information)
- newsletters, magazines, journals (either digital or hard copy)
- telephone (hotlines, phone numbers, SMS/text)
The NDIA can only provide funding to an organisation that is a legal entity. Lead organisations of a consortium or Auspicor organisations applying on behalf of Auspicee organisations must be a legal entity.
To be eligible you must be one of the following entity types:
- Incorporated Association
- Statutory Entity
- 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
- Indigenous Corporation
- Unincorporated Association
NDIA 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 pu