The Community Living Australia (CLA) Foundation is offering grants to support people living with disability in the Murraylands community.
The CLA announced the release of two grants available for people living with disability in the Murraylands area to apply for.
The first is a grant to the value of $1,500 called the ‘Microenterprise Grant’.
The purpose of the ‘Microenterprise Grant’ is to support a person living with disability to be able to establish, develop or expand their own microenterprise or small business.
The second grant is a ‘Post-Secondary Education Grant’. There are three of this grant available, each to the value of $500.
The purpose of the ‘Post-Secondary Education Grant’ is to provide support with the costs of post-secondary school education and training, so that a person with disability can follow their passions, develop their skills and increase their chances of gaining meaningful employment.
The grants remain open until 5pm on Wednesday, September 6, so you need to get your applications in fast.
Des Warner,chairperson of the CLA Foundation, said, the purpose of the CLA Foundation broadly was to support people living with disability in the Murraylands region to have quality lives.
“A quality life for everyone entails having access to education and training, gaining meaningful employment, being able to follow our passions and having valued roles within our community,” he said.
“This is exactly what we are trying to achieve with these grants, to provide the support some of the people living with disability in our community need to gain these roles.”
When speaking about why the grants were needed, Mr Warner said achieving valued roles in the community was often harder for people living with disability.
“Statistically speaking close to 50 per cent of people living with disability live at our below the poverty line.
“Significantly less of them compared to people without a disability go on to receive training and education at a level higher than secondary school, have employment or own businesses.
“It is our hope that these grants can help to close this gap and alleviate some of the barriers, providing greater opportunities for people living with disability in our community to achieve their goals, realise their dreams and be valued and involved members of their community,” he said.
For more information about the grants or to apply visit www.claust.com.au/clafoundation or call 08 8536 5888.
The CLA Foundation was established in 2010 with a broad purpose to support people with disability in the Murraylands region.