Grants to create a more inclusive Canberra

Australian Greens

Minister for Disability Emma Davidson said the activities funded by the I-Day Grants and the Disability Inclusion Grants will help to remove attitudinal, communication and physical barriers.

“A more inclusive community has never been more important, with so many people experiencing isolation over the past year,” Minister Davidson said.

“These grants will help Canberrans create greater awareness and more opportunities for people with disability, ensuring they are supported to participate fully in the life of this city.

“The 2020 International Day of People with Disability celebrates people with disability and the contributions they make to the diversity and richness of our community.

“I would like to thank all of the community groups, individuals and organisations that submitted grant applications, and extend my congratulations to this year’s successful recipients.

“Each one tells a story about local people who care about their fellow Canberrans..

“I look forward to seeing the impact that these events and projects will have on promoting a more inclusive Canberra,” Minister Davidson said.

I-DAY Grants

$25,000 in I-Day grants will support a range of community events and activities that celebrate diversity and inclusion, with events starting now and running over the coming weeks.

2020 I-Day Grant recipient Ruth O’Brien, who will form an Arts Disability Advisory Group, said:

“Receiving this funding is a fantastic opportunity to increase accessibility in the arts in the ACT via better communication between people with disability and arts organisations.”

The recipients of the 2020 I-Day Grants are:

  • Maria and Peter Rosini – to create the short film ‘Disability Inclusion in the Workplace’
  • Ruth O’Brien – to form the Arts Disability Advisory Group 2020-2021
  • Epilepsy ACT – to offer online seated yoga classes
  • Torrens Primary School P&C Association – to host Torrens Primary Para Sports Day
  • Australian Talented Youth Project – to host the I Dance Festival
  • Women with Disabilities ACT – to support Disabled Voices: Arts and Performances
  • Gungahlin Jets Australian Football Club – to support Jets Netball Exhibition Match

Disability Inclusion Grants

14 local community groups, not-for-profit organisations and small businesses have received a share of $100,000 in Disability Inclusion Grants:

  • Fisher Family Practice – for the purchase of equipment and changes to their premises
  • Warehouse Circus – for training to better deliver classes to children and young people on the Autism Spectrum
  • Canberra Railway Museum – to provide wheelchair access
  • ACT Table Tennis Association – to develop a Disability Access and Inclusion Plan and train their volunteers in working with people with disability
  • YWCA Canberra – to improve accessibility to their offices
  • Woden Senior Citizens Club – to improve their bathroom facilities
  • Council on the Ageing ACT – to upgrade their IT equipment to enable remote access
  • PhotoAccess Inc – to honour the legacy of the late Sue Salthouse through a project that will support and promote the leadership of women with disability in the ACT
  • Austrian Choir of Canberra – to improve the ability of their members to perform
  • Canberra Community Law – to make their website more accessible
  • Woden Community Services – to build a sensory garden for children with disability
  • Life Education NSW – to install a wheelchair lift in their Mobile Learning Centre
  • Nutrition Australia ACT – to purchase kitchen aids to enable greater participation
  • Rowing ACT – to expand their Para Indoor Rowing Program

For a calendar of I-Day events taking place in Canberra, visit

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