Nationals Member for Euroa Annabelle Cleeland is encouraging local support groups to apply for newly available Disability Self-Help Grants of up to $7,000.
The grants are providing an opportunity to strengthen and enhance the social and emotional connection for both people living with a disability and their carers.
The funding boost has wide parameters and will allow support groups to deliver meaningful and enriching experiences for their members, including assisting with administration costs, communications, and activities that strengthen the operation of the group.
Groups in regional and remote Victoria will also be considered as a priority for the first round of funding.
“The broad criteria ensures applicants have access to funding that can cater to their support group’s unique needs,” Ms Cleeland said.
“Whether you need to purchase digital equipment to support virtual access, need assistance with the costs of catering at gatherings, or you’re looking to secure a guest speaker at an event, these grants will be able to help.
“The grant can also be used to hire support workers and interpreters to deliver successful and inclusive peer support activities for the participants and their carers.”
Ms Cleeland said local support groups across the electorate were doing an incredible job, ensuring some of our region’s most vulnerable people were well looked after, engaged socially, and participating within their community.
“Our local groups are so important when it comes to reducing the feeling of isolation for people living with a disability and those who support them,” Ms Cleeland said.
“It is so important having appropriate and inclusive access to support networks, especially for those that foster participation within their community.
“Social connection improves health outcomes which is both good for the individual and good for the community.”
“I encourage all of our amazing local disability support groups to consider preparing an application.”
Ms Cleeland said she would be more than happy to assist with any applications, encouraging groups to contact her at Annabelle.firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (03) 5762 1600.
Further information on the grants can be found by visiting providers.dffh.vic.gov.au/disability-self-help-grants-program.
Applications close on December 14.