The Palaszczuk Government has today announced $150,000 in Disability Community Event Grants to promote inclusion of Queenslanders with disability in 2016.
Disability Services Minister Coralee O’Rourke said grants up to $5000 were available for community groups, schools, sports clubs and other non-government organisations, to run activities and events during Disability Action Week and on International Day of People with Disability.
“Disability Action Week and International Day of People with Disability provide Queenslanders with an opportunity to recognise the vast and rich contributions of people with disability in the community,” Mrs O’Rourke said.
“These important celebrations are all about creating a more inclusive and accessible community, and recognising that people with disability can achieve amazing things.
“The Disability Community Event Grants are a great way to help fund local events to show your appreciation for people with disability, while encouraging them take part in community activities.”
Disability Community Event Grants are available for events that promote the rights and wellbeing of people with disability, strengthen how they access and are included in their community, and encourage mainstream services to connect and engage with people with disability.
Mrs O’Rourke said this year’s celebrations would be extra special, as Queensland welcomed the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
“This year, while acknowledging the significant contributions of people with disability, we will also be celebrating the introduction of the NDIS, which will roll out in Queensland from 1 July,” she said.
“The NDIS will empower people with disability to access the supports they need to reach their goals and live the lives they choose.
“It will also provide a massive boost to Queensland’s economy, injecting more than $4 billion every year and creating up to 13,000 jobs in a diverse and growing disability sector.”
The funded events will be held across Queensland during Disability Action Week 2016 (11-17 September) or on International Day of People with Disability (3 December).
Applications close on 11 May. For more information on applying for grants, and the types of events to be funded in 2016, go to www.qld.gov.au/daw
Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland
The Honourable Coralee O'Rourke