Economic and Community Participation Program

Grant round is open. Please apply via the Community Grants Hub (external) (External website)

Close: 11pm AEDT, 21 October 2019.

Up to $58 million (GST Excl) is available for activities that increase the knowledge and motivation of employers to employ people with disability, as well as increasing their employability. Up to $30 million of funding is available this round to fund programs and activities that help people with disabilities: 

  • Participate in and benefit from the same community activities as everyone else
  • Actively contribute to leading, shaping and influencing their community
  • Have the skills and confidence to participate in and contribute to the community and protect their rights.

What activities will you fund?

In this round, we are funding activities in two streams:

Economic Participation Stream

We will fund activities that aim to achieve one or more of the following objectives:

  • Increase the knowledge, motivation and confidence of employers to seek out, employ and retain people with disability
  • Increase the employability of people with disability
  • Build the capability of people with disability to develop and maintain successful self-employment.

Social and Community Participation Stream

We will fund activities that aim to:

  • Improve the community’s knowledge and understanding of disability. Applicants may choose to focus on specific community groups, for example, employers or sporting associations
  • Build community networks that connect people with disability to opportunities they may otherwise miss.

Who can apply?

Standard eligibility conditions apply to this program. These will be published in the Grant Opportunity Guidelines shortly.

How to apply

Grant applications can be submitted via the Community Grants Hub (external) (External website) until 11pm AEDT, 21 October 2019.

More information

On 1 August 2019, the NDIA presented a 30 minute session to help organisations to get their ILC grant pitch right.

If you are considering applying for a grant in this round, we recommend you read the:

Please direct your questions about this round to until Sunday 8 September 2019. From Monday 9 September 2019, please direct your questions to the Community Grants Hub (External website), who will regularly publish responses to their website for everyone to see. All questions must be submitted before 5pm AEDT Monday 14 October 2019.

Keep up-to-date with the latest ILC information by subscribing to our eNewsletter (External website).

Frequently asked questions

If I have already received funding via another ILC grant round, can I still apply in this grant round?

Yes, you can apply if you have previously received another ILC grant.

When assessing your application, we will:

  • take into consideration any previous ILC funded-activities
  • minimise the risk of duplication in funding for similar activities when making a value for money decision. 

Can I apply if I am unincorporated?

If your group or organisation meets the eligible applicant type, you can approach any eligible legal entity that satisfies the requirements of the Grant Opportunity Guidelines to act as an auspicor. 

What are the Grant Conditions for this round?

A copy of the Grant Conditions and Supplementary Terms will be published to the Community Grants Hub when the grant round opens. 

How long do I have to submit my application?

You will have six weeks to submit your application once the grant round is open. 

If I am not able to submit my application by the due date, can I get an extension?

Late applications will only be accepted in accordance with conditions outlined in the specific Grant Opportunity Guidelines for each round.

Can I apply as a member or a lead of a Consortia?

The Grant Opportunity Guidelines will detail:

  • whether or not consortia can apply for a grant
  • eligibility requirements for the consortia
  • the number of applications allowed for both lead and consortia members.

Will you consider part funding an activity in this grant round? 

If some of the elements within a funding proposal do not meet the particular grant round purpose or provide value for money, we may consider funding part of an application.

What do you mean by ‘Proposed Activity Summary’ or ‘Brief Summary’?

In your application, you will need to provide a clear summary of your proposed activity that gives the assessor an understanding of what the overall project proposal involves and what you are trying to achieve.

You will also need to respond in greater detail against specific Selection Criteria questions, which will be outlined in the Grant Opportunity Guidelines.

Your completed response needs to cover:

  • what your project will deliver
  • how it will be delivered
  • where it will be delivered and 
  • what will be achieved for people with disability.

Can you give an example of what kinds of projects you will fund?

More information about the types of activities likely to be funded in this round will be published in the Grant Opportunity Guidelines, which will be released shortly. 

Can organisations apply to deliver an activity across multiple jurisdictions?

We aim to fund activities at a range of geographic levels: 

  • Local –approximately one Local Government Area (LGA)
  • Regional – multiple LGAs
  • Jurisdictional – across an entire state or territory 
  • Multi-jurisdictional – across more than one state or territory
  • National – across all states and territories

If your organisation represents a group of people that are similarly represented by organisations in other jurisdictions, we would prefer that a single grouped (consortia) application is submitted.

How do I identify the area in which my proposed activity will operate in?

The online application form allows you to select the coverage area in which you will deliver your proposed activity. 

What is the definition of CALD within the context of ILC grant rounds?

In the NDIS CALD Strategy, we define CALD as "…country of birth is not Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada or South Africa; or primary language spoken at home is not English."

What attachments will I need to include in my application?

The Grant Opportunity Guideline will outline what you need to attach to your application. Please note that if you do not use the templates provided, your application will be considered non-compliant.

Will the grant application form allow me to provide information about other funding we have sourced to support our activity?

Yes. The online application form asks whether the activity relies on any contributions other than the ILC funds being applied for, the source of the funding, the amount and the status of the application.

Who will assess my application?

Information about the assessment process will be outlined in the Grant Opportunity Guidelines.

We usually partner with the Department of Social Services Community Grants Hub to administer and assess the applications.

We then brief a Selection Advisory Panel on the outcomes of the assessment.

The Selection Advisory Panel will then consider the overall value for money of each proposal and provide a list of recommended projects to the NDIA Delegate for final decision.

Who is on the Selection Advisory Panel?

The Selection Advisory Panel includes a mix of people with disability, NDIA employees, Commonwealth Government representatives, and people of specialist relevant expertise.

Are the grant applications assessed against other applications?

Please refer to the Grant Opportunity Guidelines for more information on this.

Can I appeal the decision?

No. In accordance with the relevant Grant Opportunity Guidelines, there will be no appeal mechanism for decisions to approve or not approve a grant.

When will I be notified of the outcome of my application?

We will notify you in writing at the end of the assessment process. Further information is provided in the Grant Opportunity Guidelines.

If we are successful, when will we receive the funds?

March 2020

Will I receive feedback on my application?

We will publish a summary of feedback for the entire round on the Community Grants Hub after we announce the results of the grant round.

If I am successful in my application, what will the reporting requirements be?

Grant recipients will need to report on outputs, outcomes and process measures as defined by the NDIA in our ILC Monitoring and Evaluation Framework.

These will be defined and documented in your Grant Agreement and the Activity Work Plan.

This page current as of
9 September 2019