Fundability 2018 applications are now open
When asked why it’s important for society to be inclusive for people with disability, Tracey Everingham Armstrong has a simple, yet poignant, response: “To be blunt, it’s unfair for it not to be.”
Tracey is a past recipient of a grant from FundAbility, a program which aims to make communities more inclusive for people with disability by providing grants to families, communities, organisations, services and businesses to implement inclusive projects.
Fundability 2018 applications are now open and this time round the program will focus on projects that support disability inclusion for adults aged 18 to 64 years.
Past grants have covered a range of projects both big and small. From purchasing a removable ramp for a local café, to adjustable easels for an art class, FundAbility is all about those little steps we can take towards a more inclusive society for people with disability.
Tracey received her FundAbility grant in 2016. With it she was able to make Lighthouse Beach in Ballina accessible for people who use wheelchairs and other types of mobility devices.
“I decided I was going to provide $20,000 worth of mobility matting to the local beach and I thought I’d approach Northcott in Ballina,” Tracey said.
“That’s when I found out about the FundAbility grant that could help me with the purchase. I raised $13,000 and FundAbility came up with the rest of it.”
Tracey has spent almost two decades raising funds for a variety of disability-related projects, but with the grant from FundAbility she was able to reach her goal in half the time.
“It was absolutely amazing to get the grant because it probably would have taken two years to raise the funds by myself,” she said.
“It would have taken me two years of Melbourne Cup fundraisers, which is my main fundraising activity, to be able to raise the $20,000. For somebody who uses a wheelchair, that’s a whole extra year that they can’t go to the beach. But it’s in there now and it’s being utilised. Time really is of the essence.”
To those who are considering applying for a FundAbility grant, Tracey has some words of encouragement.
“I would say just go for it! I was surprised by how easy the FundAbility process was. All I had to do was send in the receipts, post back some article clippings and share what a difference the project has made locally,” she said.
“I think a lot of people get worried that if they start something like this, they won’t be able to finish it because it’s tough to raise money. People don’t give money in the community like they used to, times are tough. So it’s great to get a hand from something like FundAbility.
To find out more about this grant program visit the FundAbility page on our website.