Victorians with disability will soon have better access to advocacy thanks to the State Government’s Disability Advocacy Futures Grants program.

The Disability Advocacy Futures Grants program is open to eligible groups and organisations to deliver initiatives that strengthen the sector and align with the Victorian disability advocacy futures plan 2018-2020.

The $3.15 million grants program will support Victorians with disability to access advocacy, when they need it within their local community, with $1 million allocated to projects in regional and rural Victoria to respond to increased demand under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Disability advocacy is a key priority of Absolutely Everyone: state disability plan 2017- 2020.

Two information sessions will be held for interested groups. These sessions will offer a chance to ask questions about the department’s requirements and processes when submitting an application. One of these sessions will be presented in ‘easy read’ for people who find it hard to read and understand written information and documents.

Information session 1 - 30 January 2019 from 10.30 am - 1 pm at The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Information session 2 (easy read) - 31 January 2019 from 10.30 am - 1 pm at Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.

Organisations must provide nominations to attend the information session by emailing Heidi Peart or calling 9096 7449 by Monday 28 January 2019.

For more information, download the Call for Funding Submission No. P15136 - Victorian Disability Advocacy Futures Grants Program from the Buying for Victoria website.

Applications close 2:00pm Thursday 21 February 2019.

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