Disability Donations Trust

The Disability Donations Trust is a set of charitable funds managed by the Department of Health and Human Services. The Trust provides grants to people with a disability to assist in meeting needs they are otherwise unable to afford and for which no government funding is available.

Each fund has specific criteria which must be met before a grant can be made. Some funds provide grants to individuals and others are available to organisations.

Grants for individuals

Grants for individuals are available in two rounds each year, closing on 31 March and 30 September. Application forms will be available on this website in the month prior to each round.

Applicants must fall into one of the following groups to be eligible for a grant:

  • children aged eighteen or under who have an intellectual disability as defined by the Disability Act 2006
  • current residents of a residential institution (Colanda or Sandhurst)
  • former residents of St Nicholas’ Hospital.

Currently there is no funding available for adults who do not fit into any of the groups above.

All applicants must also:

  • be Victorian residents
  • have a disability as defined by the Disability Act 2006
  • fall within the target group for priority access to disability services.

How to apply

The next round of grants will open on 1 March 2017. Applications and guidelines will be available on this site from that date.

Grants for organisations – Herbert Allen Bequest

The Herbert Allen Bequest can be used to provide bus excursions for children with an intellectual disability between the ages of 8 and 18, including board and lodging and other incidental expenses.

Grants are available to registered disability service providers and specialist schools. Please read the guidelines for all details.

Funding rounds

Applications for the October 2016 round are now open.

Download the guidelines and application at the below link:

Applications close on 31 October 2016 at 5.00pm.

Grants for organisations – General Research Grant

The General Research Account can be used for providing grants for research projects to benefit children and young people, up to 19 years of age, with an intellectual disability. Future rounds of grants will be advertised on this website and via relevant research networks.

The organisations must be able to fulfill the specific purpose of these bequests. Grants cannot be awarded for any activity considered the normal responsibility of government or to government-funded organisations for activities funded by government.

Separate guidelines and application forms for research grants will be posted on this website prior to opening an application round.

Grants for mental health services clients

The Disability Donations Trust is only open to applicants who have been assessed as having a disability under the Disability Act 2006. Clients of mental health services in Victoria may be eligible for grants from the Mental Health Trust, if they are case managed by a public clinical mental health service.

To find out more about these grants and eligibility please call (03) 9096 8000, or download the Mental Health Trust guidelines:

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