Up to $2,000 is available to help people with disabilities to pursue opportunities that create employment, educate or improve community connection.
Kickstart Your Dream is a grant and mentoring program run by Melbourne City Mission for Victorians with a disability, encouraging them to reach for their dreams. It supports people with a disability to set and achieve goals that lead to further education, employment or community support (volunteering and advocacy).
Mentoring will take place over eight sessions at a Melbourne City Mission office. Each recipient will be paired with a mentor and attend sessions with other recipients/mentors where guided discussions will be facilitated with a focus on understanding strengths, building resilience and employment readiness. All those who complete the mentoring program will receive a certificate.
Grants are available of up to $2,000 per person.
All applicants must have a disability as defined by the Disability Act 2006, be between the ages of 16 and 30 years at the time of application and be residents of Victoria.
Applicants must address the selection criteria as detailed on the application form by answering all four questions. Recipients will be selected based on the following:
- The degree in which applicants demonstrate that their plan stretches and challenges their existing strengths and abilities.
- The degree in which applicants demonstrate how this step will accelerate their ability to increase or progress their employment opportunities.
- The degree in which applicants demonstrate how the Kickstart Your Dream grant will provide opportunities that create employment, community engagement or further education.
- The degree in which applicants demonstrate why this is this the right option for them now and how this grant and mentoring opportunity will leverage their strengths. The applicants’ interests and opportunities for the future will also be taken into consideration.
- The degree in which applicants can demonstrate that their goals cannot be easily achieved without this grant/mentor program.
Applications close 20 December 2016. Late applications will be considered under special circumstances until 13 January 2017.