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Grants available to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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The State Government is making $100,000 available in sponsorship for inclusive community events and activities to celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPwD) 2022.

Local government authorities, community groups and non-government/not-for-profit organisations are eligible to apply for funding.

IDPwD is a United Nations-sanctioned day that is celebrated on 3 December every year. It aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability, and celebrate their achievements and contributions.

Disability Services Minister Don Punch today announced that the Department of Communities has funded Developmental Disability WA (DDWA) to provide grants of up to $1000 for community organisations to celebrate IDPwD in 2022.

Successful applications will include initiatives and events that aim to raise awareness, educate, and inform the broader community about people with disability. This year’s State theme of “Leading the Change” encourages everyone to commit to making sure opportunity, inclusion and access is available to everyone.

The sponsorship funding is aligned with the vision of A Western Australia for Everyone: State Disability Strategy 2020-2030 to build a more inclusive Western Australia and empower people with disability to participate meaningfully in all parts of society.

DDWA is a peak body for disability which has successfully administered the IDPWD grants on behalf of the Department of Communities since 2020.

Applications close on 24 October 2022 and successful applicants will be notified and announced in early November.

Disability Services Minister Don Punch said: “International Day of Persons with Disabilities is an opportunity for us to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements and contributions of people with disability.”

“The State Government is committed to building a more inclusive Western Australia in which people with disability are engaged and feel empowered to live as they choose, in a community where everyone belongs.

“I’m pleased that Developmental Disability WA will once again be administering the grants.”