Disability Donations Trust

The Disability Donations Trust (the Trust) is a set of charitable bequests and donations. The Trust provides grants to people with a disability to assist in meeting needs they are otherwise unable to afford. Funds are held and invested by State Trustees Ltd and managed by the Department of Human Services.

Grants for individuals

Grants are available for people experiencing financial hardship and can be used to purchase supports that specifically meet the disability-related needs and goals of the applicant. Grants are only available to applicants who are unable to access assistance from government funding programs or other funding sources.

Some of the bequests are only available to residents or former residents of residential institutes, or to those with an intellectual disability.

Funding rounds

Grants are made twice a year. Applications can be submitted in the two months prior to the round closing dates. The rounds are:

  • Round one - opens 1 August, closes 30 September 
  • Round two - opens 1 February, closes 31 March.

How to apply

Applications for a grant must be completed by a support worker, such as a Department of Human Services case manager, short-term response team member, information and triage officer or house Supervisor, or an equivalent position in a disability services provider.

Before completing an application, please read the Disability Donations Trust guidelines, which are available on this site:

The application form will be available when the next round opens.

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

Grants are available annually, with applications closing on 31 October. Application forms will be available on this website in the two months prior.

How to apply

Before completing an application to the Herbert Allen Bequest, organisations should read the guidelines:

To apply to the Herbert Allen Bequest, organisations should complete the application form:

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 visit the Department of Health website:

Contact information

Grants for people with an intellectual disability - Concessions and Statewide Contracts:

Telephone: (03) 9096 8535
Email: disabilitydonationstrust@dhs.vic.gov.au

Grants for people with a psychiatric illness - Mental Health: tel (03) 9096 8000

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