Get ready for the upcoming ILC grant rounds

The NDIS has announced the upcoming ILC grants totalling up to $222 million across three grant rounds.

  • Individual Capacity Building Program 19 August – 27 September 2019
  • Mainstream Capacity Building Program 9 September – 18 October 2019
  • Economic and Community Participation Program 9 September – 18 October 2019

If your organisation is planning to apply for an ILC grant it is advisable to review potential fit now and start planning ahead. Grant applications will only be open for five to six weeks and good preparation can help reduce the stress of preparing and writing your grant application. Specific details of each program will be available in the Grant Opportunity Guidelines on the Community Grants Hub when the grants are open for application.


Need help with an ILC idea?

We’re running a series of free workshops across South Australia in August 2019 for organisations that are interested in applying for an ILC grant. 

Register now.


Individual Capacity Building Program:

  • Focus on organisations run by and for people with disability (DPOs) or their families and carers (FOs).
  • Organisations who are not DPOs/FOs may be funded if they support a specific community of people (so called Priority Led Organisations) e.g. cultural or linguistically diverse groups.
  • Grant application period: 19 August – 27 September 2019
  • Grants will start in February 2020 and can provide funding for up to three years.

The grant activities seek to achieve outcomes for people with disabilities to:

  • have the skills and confidence to participate and contribute to the community and protect their rights.
  • have increased motivation, confidence and empowerment to act
  • participate in and benefit from the same community activities as everyone else.

Activities must build the capacity of people with disabilities by ensuring they have the knowledge, skills and confidence to set and achieve goals. Activities must be for the primary and direct benefit of people with disabilities and developed and delivered in collaboration with people with disability.

DPO/FOs can also apply for funding to improve their organisational capacity to deliver their mission and the ILC program. The Organisational Capacity Building funding is exclusive to DPOs/FOs and can only be funded as part of a broader project to build the capacity of individuals with disability.

Mainstream Capacity Building Program

  • Focus on mainstream health interfaces
  • Grants application period: 9 September – 18 October 2019
  • Grant will start as of March 2020 with funding up to 2 years.

The grant activities seek to achieve outcomes for people with disabilities to use and benefit from the same mainstream services as everyone else.

For this round, activities must support improvements in the delivery of accessible and inclusive mainstream health services. They should help overcome barriers to inclusion such as lack of knowledge, information or skill, attitudes and culture, governance and administration, infrastructure and resources, communication or remote location.

Economic and Community Participation Program

  • Economic participation stream focus on employment
  • Social and community stream focus on community life
  • Grants application period: 9 September – 18 October 2019
  • Grant will start as of March 2020 with funding up to 3 years.

The grant activities seek to achieve outcomes for people with disabilities to:

  • participate in and benefit from the same community activities as everyone else
  • actively contribute to leading, shaping and influencing their community
  • have the skills and confidence to participate and contribute to the community and protect their rights

Activities in the Economic Participation Stream include capacity building for employers, pathways to employment and fostering entrepreneurship.

The Social and Community Participation Stream seeks activities that establish education resources for the community sector to improve contemporary understanding of pathways to participation and leadership. Activities could also enhance the capacity of local communities to identify areas to improve inclusion practices and to create tools for change. Funding is also provided to increase awareness and understanding of disability, e.g. in sporting associations or specific sectors, or to create networks that connect people to opportunities. Training for volunteers to better relate to, or work with peoples with disabilities can also be provided through this grant program.

We expect a third Economic and Community Participation Program potentially this year and more grant rounds available in 2020/21. The Activating Community Inclusion stream aims to address community attitudes towards disabilities and provide opportunities for people with disabilities to be included in everyday life. 

The outcomes of the National Information Program (which closed in May 2019) have not yet been announced.

To date the ILC program has awarded 350 grants to community organisations to a value of $138.5 million (GST exc.).  More information about the ILC program is available on the NDIS website and CBB webinar series.

CBB will be running free workshops across South Australia in August helping organisations learn how to design and plan for an ILC project. Following the grant announcement from NDIA we have extended the registration dates.

Organisations can also apply for one on one support which, is designed for organisations who need more time and input to develop their project proposals, ready for when the 2020 grant rounds open.

If you have any questions on the program, please just drop us an email at ilc@cbb.com.au.


Dr Ellen Schuler 
Business Consultant 
Email: eschuler@cbb.com.au
Phone: 1300 284 364