Business Acceleration Grants program
The Business Acceleration Grants program is part of the Smart, Skilled and Hired: Disability Sector Scale-Up (DSSU), which aims to support organisations to maximise the economic opportunities from the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
In September 2017, business and not-for-profit organisations were invited to apply for grants up to $2 million to deliver on a range of measurable outcomes with clear benefits for the disability services sector in New South Wales (NSW). Applications closed on 30 October 2017.
Over 250 applications were received from businesses, non-government organisations, peak bodies and consortiums delivering goods and/or services across a range of NDIS support categories, including housing, allied health and core support services.
Following a competitive tender process, 10 businesses were awarded grants ranging from $250,000 to $1.69 million.
Centre for Disability Studies was awarded $498,000 to deliver allied health services to people with disability living in rural and remote NSW, through a hub and spoke model. Hubs to be located in Dubbo, Wagga Wagga and Armidale will increase the capacity of practitioners to provide services to the surrounding communities.
Housing Plus was awarded $251,302 to launch a home modifications service for people living with disability in rural and remote NSW. The new service will go live in July 2018 and will help to fill an identified gap in disability service provision.
MacKillop was awarded $998,477 to deliver allied health services to people with disability living in rural and remote NSW, through a combination of visiting communities and utilising technology (tele-practice). MacKillop will also support practitioners and NDIS participants, including Aboriginal participants, by developing an NDIS-specific module to their existing Electronic Document Data Interface (EDDI) and a mobile app.
My Supports was awarded $1,405,678 to establish 22 new neighbourhood teams in various metro and rural locations. The multi-skilled teams will provide a wide range of NDIS services to culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities and other NDIS participants, including coordination, core supports, capacity building and therapies. The neighbourhood team model focuses on disability living, working and recreating inclusively as a regular part of their local communities, and is central to My Supports philosophy, with 50% of its staff having lived experience of disability.
The Northcott Society was awarded $852,625 in consortium with Northcott Innovation and Ability Mate, to build the capacity of local orthotists to support children with disability by developing cutting edge 3D scanning and 3D printing technologies for making orthoses. The collaborative project will ensure greater availability of orthotic services throughout NSW, including those from rural and remote communities, and support local orthotists in providing more customised support to children from CALD backgrounds.
Novita Children’s Services Limited was awarded $475,000 to invest in staff, facilities and technology to support Aboriginal, rural and remote NDIS participants in Broken Hill and surrounding region. Novita will use the funding to recruit allied health professionals to deliver services in the region. Funding will also go towards installation of telehealth equipment, which will reduce the need for participants to travel to see specialists.
Royal Far West was awarded $1,339,000 to expand its award-winning Windmill Program, which provides multidisciplinary allied health and intervention therapy to Aboriginal and rural and remote NDIS participants aged 2–12. The project will enable Royal Far West to deliver more blocks of immersion in-person therapy in Manly if a family chooses, as well as individual therapy sessions delivered via technology into the home, pre-school or school (telecare), or a combination of the two.
Sydney Region Aboriginal Corporation was awarded $1,693,113 to provide culturally-safe NDIS services, delivered by Aboriginal staff to Aboriginal NDIS participants and develop a NDIS Service Incubator Centre in Western Sydney to encourage Aboriginal small businesses who provide NDIS services to set up or trial service provision.
Summer Foundation was awarded $438,600 to build the capacity of NSW providers of Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA), run workshops for SDA businesses across regional NSW; provide 10 businesses with access to dedicated subject matter experts; hold five showcases to bring together housing providers with those needing housing and expand an online platform (The Housing Hub) to connect participants with providers.
Woodville Alliance was awarded $321,000 to expand their GeekAbility Program. The program will improve digital literacy and will prepare people with disability – including CALD and Aboriginal NDIS participants – for contemporary employment opportunities in the tech and digital sectors and create connections with their community.