Individual Capacity Building Program

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

Close: 11pm AEST, 30 September 2019.

Up to $100 million (GST Excl) over three years is available for programs and activities that support people with disability to:

  • Have the skills and confidence to participate in and contribute to the community and protect their rights
  • Feel motivated, confident and empowered to act
  • Participate in and benefit from the same community activities as everyone else.

What activities will you fund?

The Individual Capacity Building Round funds two activity types:

  • Individual Capacity Building (ICB)

These activities should focus on increasing the knowledge, skills and confidence of people with disability to set and achieve their goals, for example peer support, mentoring and skills building programs.

  • Organisational Capacity Building (OCB)

In order to build a vibrant and sustainable DPO/FO sector, we provide funding to DPO/FOs to build their skills in running an organisation, for example:

  • Professional development for Board, staff and/or volunteers
  • Leadership training and coaching
  • Strategic and business planning
  • Governance and risk management
  • Project management
  • Marketing and communications
  • Evaluation and research.

We welcome applications from a diverse range of organisations – both well-established organisations and those who are laying new foundations for people with disabilities, families and carers.

Who can apply?

Disabled Peoples Organisations/Families Organisations (DPO/FOs) can apply for ICB and/or OCB funding.

Organisations led by ILC Priority Cohorts can only apply for ICB funding. Priority Cohort Organisations have minimum of 50 percent representation of the following cohort groups:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer/Questioning, Asexual and Plus (LGBTIQA+).

How to apply

Grant applications can be submitted via the Community Grants Hub (external) (External website) until 11pm AEST, Monday 30 September 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 18 August 2019. From Monday 19 August 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 AEST Monday 23 September 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 outline:

  • 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 are 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 is contained in the Grant Opportunity Guidelines. 

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 Guidelines 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 is 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?

February 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. 

Will the ICB round be run again in future?

There will be another grant round for the ICB program in 2020 worth $87 million.

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
3 September 2019