The Morrison Government has paved the way for Australians with disability to lead more empowered lives through an investment of $100 million of funding in community grants.

Organisations across Longman are encouraged to apply for the Individual Capacity Building grants to fund programs aimed at empowering people with disability to be independent and engage fully in social, economic and community life.

The grant will fund activities in the community over the next three years that benefit all Australians with disability, their carers and families.

Federal Member for Longman Terry Young said the grants were all about building connected and cohesive communities.

“These grants are about breaking down the barriers for people with disability in Longman and creating opportunities for them to connect, participate in and contribute to their community,” Mr Young said.

“It’s important for people with disability to be given opportunities to build their skills, develop their independence, explore new experiences, meet new people and attain and retain employment.

“This grant is a great way to achieve that.”

The grant round is now open and closes at 11pm on Monday, 30 September 2019.

The funding is part of the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) program and the grants are targeted at Disabled Peoples Organisations (DPO) and Families Organisations (FO) and will fund grassroots programs that will build the capacity of individuals such as peer support, mentoring and skills-building, as well as activities to build organisational capacity including professional development, leadership training, coaching, strategic and business planning.

More information including assistance for organisations to develop their ILC grant pitch, can be found at the NDIS website www.ndis.gov.au. Grant applications can be submitted via the Community Grants Hub www.communitygrants.gov.au.

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