At BCA we regularly apply for and receive funding from federal, state and local governments, corporations and philanthropic organisations to create and run a variety of projects.
2021-2022 BCA Hugh Jeffrey Scholarship Program
Funded by the Commonwealth’s Information, Linkages and Capacity-building program and the Jeffrey Blyth Foundation, BCA is offering 5 scholarships for educational expenses up to $5,000 for Semester 2, 2021, and Semesters 1 and 2, 2022. Applications for the first round of BCA scholarships are open May 17 – June 30, 2021. Each semester will have a separate application and awarding process, scholarship recipients will be funded for one semester only.
Visit this page for more information about eligibility, program objectives, and how to apply.
National Disability Insurance Agency – Information, Linkages and Capacity Building Fund
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) was established to support individuals with disability in Australia to live an independent life.
The NDIA doesn’t only fund individuals though. Through its Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) grants program it also funds organisations to create projects that increase the opportunity for all people with disability to participate in their community.
Disabled Peoples and Family Organisations Grant
In 2019, BCA’s application to the Disabled Peoples and Family Organisations (DPFO) grant round was successful. This grant seeks to increase the capacity of organisations and individuals who are blind or vision impaired to engage in their community.
Through this grant, BCA is able to create a new and updated website, purchase a new database that is accessible to all staff, and employ a Membership Development Coordinator who seeks to engage with people who are blind or vision impaired from all communities and increase their awareness of and interaction with our organisation.
We are excited to announce that we have received funding to deliver an employment related project in 2019/2020. ‘An Eye to the Future’ will positively promote people who are blind or vision impaired to potential employers. It will also provide information and support to those employers.
We will be creating a series of short films of people who are blind or vision impaired that are currently working. These will be designed to showcase the diversity of roles and experiences people who are blind have within employment.
An online platform will be created for information, resources and interaction between employees and employers and provide a place for people to discuss all things employment.
We will be creating an internship program to link jobseekers to employers.
To showcase all of these elements, we will be hosting an Employment Symposium.
It’s a huge project that we are confident will bring many opportunities for you to be involved. We look forward to sharing more information on these parts of the project as it progresses.
Transitional Advocacy Funding Supplement
In July 2019 BCA received a grant from the NSW Department of Families and Communities. This grant will not only support the continued delivery of advocacy services for residents of NSW but it will also contribute to a project that will see the creation of resources that support the Service Provider Expectation Policy, and allow us to host some teleconferences to further educate members about the policy and these resources in early 2020.
Aged Person’s Welfare Foundation
This project, running from September 2019 to August 2020, will develop resources, case studies, deliver workshops and phone support to older Australians, which will provide them with information on individual advocacy, as well as specific information around services and entitlements available. An additional benefit to this project will be the opportunity to build connections with peers and increase the exchange of communication and ideas within this community.