Innovation and projects that support severely injured Victorians could be boosted by grants of up to $50,000 through the Transport Accident Commission’s (TAC) Small Grants Program.
The Andrews Labor Government is encouraging applications for the program, which aims to improve the lives of people with an acquired brain injury (ABI) or spinal cord injury (SCI) by offering grants to innovative and user-led projects in the community.
Each year the program provides up to $250,000 to help maximise the independence of injured Victorians. Funds from the program are available to assist projects that support all Victorians with an ABI or SCI, regardless of cause.
Recent recipients include:
- Heads Together for ABI – to help form a pilot program for ABILity, which aims to create ongoing leadership training for its volunteers
- Alfred Health – feasibility of ‘segmented rehabilitation’ as an early return-to-work model of care in ABI rehabilitation in Victoria
- AQA Victoria – spinal cord injury regional peer support network
- Joy of the Earth Community Garden – construction of accessible garden beds
The TAC Small Grants Program funds Victorian community-based projects undertaken by a range of organisations, including not-for-profits, LGAs, universities, state government departments or authorities and trusts.
The program also targets projects that address the National Disability Strategy priority areas including, inclusive and accessible communities; rights protection, justice and regulation; economic security; personal and community support; learning and skills; health and wellbeing.
For more information about the program, go to www.tac.vic.gov.au/about-the-tac/grants/small-grants-program. Applications for the 2017/18 round close on Friday, 26 January.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Finance Robin Scott
“Regaining quality of life and independence following a serious injury is important and these grants provide financial support to projects that will help improve people’s lives.”
“Social investments like this help to build a stronger Victorian community in which to live and work.”
Quotes attributable to TAC Head of Independence Liz Cairns
“The TAC 2020 strategy makes a steadfast commitment to getting clients’ lives back on track and funds granted through this program make a big difference to the lives of seriously injured Victorians.”